HONORING OUR VETERANS
It was such an honor to be among the many Jersey City residents who paid tribute to our Veterans earlier in the day. Organized by Pam Andes and the many 2016 Parade Volunteers, the legion of wonderful Jersey City residents celebrated Veterans from Jersey City and from around the world.
Starting at Dickinson HS Vietnam Memorial, our dignitaries had a dedication Ceremony for PFC Tysheena James, Jaime Vazquez and William Gaughan. Immediately after the 21 Gun Salute, the parade started with Mayor Fulop leading the way for The 2016 Grand Marshal Tony Arcel Goodson.
Who is the 2016 Grand Marshal??
Tony was born and raised in Jersey City and is the youngest of 11 siblings, who upon graduation from Lincoln High School was drafted into the Army, whereby he was awarded a Purple Heart during combat operations in Vietnam. At the close of his service, SGT Goodson would add a Bronze Star and several other commendations to his dossier.
Academically, Tony cultivated an interest in technology specializing as a radio/electronic technician and later engineering (completing courses at Oklahoma University, Motorola University, and St. Peter’s College respectively) His employment history spans careers with the US Postal Service and Motorola for over 28 years. In retirement, Tony continues to serve others as a certified computer science substitute teacher. Civically, Tony remains active as Commander of the Samuel R. Shelton, VFW Post 2294 since 2008, and engages with students at local ROTC high schools and collaborates with Bayonne Post #226 regularly.
Tony considers family as the cornerstone of his success and is supported by his family to host monthly meals for veterans, in additional to fundraisers to meet the needs of the veteran community and youth of Jersey City.
A great day to be in Jersey City….See below photos from the parade and tell us if you recognize anyone.