The city held its annual parade in recognition of its service men and women.
JERSEY CITY – Downtown was painted red, white and blue as former and current servicemen and servicewomen were honored.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Norton and Lance Cpl. Lonky — who didn’t want to give their full names – were two of the dozens of veterans who were recognized and honored at the fourth annual Jersey City Veterans Day Parade.
The parade started at William L. Dickinson High School and ended at City Hall.
“Today’s been humbling,” Norton said.
Attendees walked around with American flags in one hand and shook veterans’ hands with the other. Many passed by those in uniform and said, “Thank you for your service.”
Norton, who’s been serving for six-and-a-half years, emphasized how humbling of an experience his duty has been. He reminisced back to 2016 when he was deployed to Haiti to help people during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew – one of the country’s most devastating hurricanes.
Lonky, who’s been serving for a year-and-a-half, agreed that it’s nice and humbling to be able to help others.
The sergeant also said he personally believes President Donald Trump is “pro-military” and has helped keep the United States safe. America now has a better relationship with Russia, Norton said.
“If Trump wasn’t elected,” Norton said. “We’d probably be in war.”
The parade and ceremony concluded with swearing in a handful of new marine recruits.
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