Belleville Historical Society will mark Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day March 28

Belleville Historical Society member Emmanuel Ramos-Jaramilo adjusts the flag at the grave of 19-year-old U.S.Marine Corps Private Richard Bates of Nutley.
The Belleville Historical Society will commemorate Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day March 28 at Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield in a 4 p.m. ceremony. Last year, the society identified and cleaned the more than 200 gravestones of all of the Vietnam soldiers buried in the veterans circle, half of whom were killed in action. In Row F, 21 young soldiers killed in Vietnam rest side by side, including Belleville sons Donald Saunders and Paul Nelson and Nutley sons Richard Bates and Thomas Van Houten.

More than 7 million American soldiers served in Vietnam with more than 58,000 losing their lives and more than 150,000 wounded. Another 300,000 would later die from the effects of Agent Orange and 30% of veterans suffered from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Almost 70% of those who served in Vietnam have died. The society invites everyone to join them and local veterans in remembering and saluting all Vietnam veterans. For more information, contact Michael Perrone at or (201) 687-1431.

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