Remembering Hudson County veterans who served and sacrificed

In Union City they paid tribute.

“We elect our leaders, we elect our president, but more importantly we’re a free country and I think that’s so important and we have to be so grateful and so thankful to all our veterans,” says Mayor Brian Stack.


“Thanks to them we enjoy the freedom that we have in this country and I just have to say ‘G-d bless America,’ Commissioner Maryury Martinetti says.

And over in West New York, they stood together.

“With honor and courage to defend this great nation, so gentlemen I salute you,” says Mayor Felix Roque.

According to U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Patrick Cullen, it’s a shame we only honor our veterans one day a year.

“Because without the sacrifice of those who gave their lives and service to their country we wouldn’t enjoy the freedoms that we have,” Cullen says. “So it’s great to be able to able receive recognition from the town.”


President Obama says if you respect America you must respect American veterans.

“I’d like to see that respect given to us because we did a sacrifice, we did a job,” says U.S. Army Pfc. Hector Maisonave, who will be receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor and wants West New York to have a Veteran’s Day Parade. “Why can’t the entire nation do their job, treat us like veterans.”

Both men were honored for their service with plaques from the town.

For this local mayor, it’s heartbreaking we don’t have the honor and respect for vets who return.

“In North Bergen we’re attempting a job situation to help out veterans as they come back,” says Mayor Nicholas Sacco. “When you look across the country and see homeless veterans, where are we coming from.”

“There’s a scripture that teaches us that we have to give honor to those who deserve honor, so we’re gonna honor them today,” Pastor Tania Fuentes says.

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Jillian has a passion for news, giving voice to the voiceless and telling stories that make an impact. A New Jersey native, she spent the past two years as a multimedia journalist/one-man-band at WTAP-TV, the NBC affiliate in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where she covered everything from meth busts to fracking to the homeless to a young man struck by lightening. She was her news director’s “go to health reporter” and also covered many education and political stories. She frequently interviewed the mayors of Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown, WV and Belpre and Marietta, Ohio. She interviewed OH Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Fitzgerald and OH Congressional Candidate Jennifer Garrison, as well as WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WV Senator Joe Manchin. Jillian was a regular fixture at the local police, sheriff’s departments, prosecutors’ offices and courthouses. Many looked forward to her ‘Mom of the Month’ series. Her story about two women who lost their children to heroin was widely recognized, along with her much loved piece on the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis band camp. In her free time... Jillian enjoys yoga, working out, live music, spending time with friends on both coasts and the Mid-Ohio Valley. She also loves to connect with the community, so feel free to say hi if you see her around, shoot her an e-mail... or follow her @JillianRis .

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