Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Memorial Day Observance

Donald Van Blake
A special participant in Monday's Memorial Day observance was the city's only surviving Buffalo Soldier, Donald Van Blake, wearing his uniform from 70 years ago. (click images to enlarge)
To learn more, see this tribute to Donald Van Blake by his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi.
The ceremony Monday included placing a wreath at the War Memorial on East Seventh Street.
Another wreath was placed at the memorial on the grounds of City Hall.
The Plainfield High School Air Force R.O.T.C. presented the colors.
Plainfield student Blessing Babayemi sang "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Our national anthem.
Elder Barry Goode, councilman for the First & Fourth Wards at-large, gives the invocation.
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp addresses the gathering and announces plans to convert Dudley House into housing for veterans with no place to stay. He asks veterans present to help the city identify those in need.
The gathering includes council members Goode, Rebecca Williams, Tracey Brown and Diane Toliver; Schools Superintendent Anna Belin-Pyles and School Board President Emily Morgan; Freeholder Linda Carter; members of the Police and Fire Divisions; members of American Legion Post 219 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7474; and Plainfield residents.
Cornell Hawkins Jr., Commander of American Legion Post 219, commented on the meaning of Memorial Day and suggested that attendees should set a place at their table in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
In conclusion, Plainfield student Mathew Branch played Taps.



  1. of course you would not write about the fact that councilwomen Rebecca Williams was on the agenda to speak and the VETERANS SAID NO

  2. Yesterday's remembrance was well done and dignified. I wish more residents could see it. It works well when planned ahead of time and a good time to reflect and enjoy the beauty of the day.

  3. Wow - does Donald look great or what?