On Friday, November 22, at 3:30 p.m., a memorial art installation will be dedicated to the late Frank P. Perucci, who was the Standard Bearer of the Concerned Citizens of Bayonne (CCB) and a leader of local veterans’ organizations for many years. The art installation will be dedicated in Kopcinski Park at 19th Street and Broadway in Bayonne.
Under Frank Perrucci’s leadership, the Concerned Citizens carried out many community activities. Members of the Concerned Citizens visited veterans in hospitals. The group organized an annual spelling bee, supported after-school programs, and funded scholarships for graduating high school seniors. The CCB delivered gifts to needy families at Christmas. It sponsored several teams in youth sports. The group raised funds for such causes as Bayonne’s Babe Ruth Baseball League, the Windmill Alliance, the Simpson Baber Foundation for the Autistic, and the restoration of First Federated Church. Frank Perrucci and other members of the Concerned Citizens played a crucial role in establishing the annual September 11 memorial service. They were also involved in planning for the construction of the September 11 monument at the former Military Ocean Terminal.
Frank Perrucci was a double veteran of World War II. He served as a wartime merchant mariner and also in the U.S. Army. For seven decades after the war, Frank held numerous positions with veterans’ organizations including commander of the Catholic War Veterans Post 1612, and Chairman and Color Guard Sergeant for the Bayonne Memorial Day Parade Committee. In the trade union movement, Mr. Perrucci served as President and Business Manager of Local 202 of the Laborers International Union of North America.
The event on November 22 is sponsored by members of the Concerned Citizens, the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone, the City of Bayonne, and Showman Fabricators. Showman, a Bayonne-based firm, makes sets for Broadway shows, television programs, conventions, and special events.