Hoboken World War I centennial commemoration postponed
Apr 07, 2017 | 623 views | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HOBOKEN -- Due to the forecast of heavy rain, the county & city moved the Hoboken WWI Centennial Commemoration to Wednesday, April 26, at noon.

The ceremony will take place at the WWI memorial boulder at Pier A Park, by Sinatra Drive and First St.

Participants will include Freeholder Anthony Romano, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken Museum Director Bob Foster, the Hudson County Sheriff's Color Guard, Hoboken High School band and chorus, and veterans Jack O'Brien and Vinnie Wassman.

Hudson County was the site of one of the most visible government actions after declaring war on Germany on April 6, 1917, when the government moved to seize the German-owned shipping piers in Hoboken and convert them into the main port of embarkation for the US Expeditionary Forces. About 2 million troops passed through Hoboken on their way to fight the Germans, while German-Americans, who made up 26% of Hoboken's population, were forced to register as "enemy aliens," many losing jobs, businesses, and homes in the process.

The Hoboken Museum is also hosting a WWI lecture series and reading discussion group, and will open an exhibit focused on WWI and New Jersey on August 6, which will remain on view through the end of the year.

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