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Camp Merritt WWI Centennial Commemoration this Sunday October 22nd
by Janet E. Strom
In this centennial of the US entry into World War I, Bergen County is honoring Camp Merritt -- the largest WWI US Army Embarkation Camp in the nation, where more than 1 million soldiers were lodged on their way to and from the battlefields of Europe. Soldiers that were here included Capt. Harry S. Truman, and 3 Medal of Honor awardees: Sgt. Alvin York, the war's most decorated soldier, Pvt. ...Thomas Neibaur, the first Mormon to receive the Medal of Honor, and Sgt. Henry Johnson, the Harlem Hellfighter who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama in 2015.
To honor and remember the camp, its soldiers, and all veterans, the public is invited to the Camp Merritt WWI Centennial this Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 pm. at the Camp Merritt Memorial Monument, County Historic Site, located on the island at the intersection of Knickerbocker Rd. and Madison Ave. in Cresskill and Dumont. (Yes, this is one of NJ's famous traffic circles.)
Keynote Speaker will be Lt. Col. Sherman Fleek, US Army (Ret.), Command Historian for the US Military Academy at West Point, who wrote the biography of Thomas Neibaur. Sponsored by the Bergen County Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs, the ceremony will include music, honor guards, historic retrospectives and the unveiling of the four new interpretive panels that tell the story of the camp, its place in WWI, the soldiers life, and the towering 63' tall monument which marks the center of the 770-acre camp and was dedicated in 1924 by Gen. John "Blackjack" Pershing. The panels were funded with a Project Grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.
All are also welcome to the reception at the Camp Merritt American Legion Post #21, 75 Legion Dr., Cresskill, where historian Howard E. Bartholf, author of the recently published Images of America: Camp Merritt, will discuss his research into the history of the camp. He and Lt. Col. Fleeks will be signing their books and answering questions. For information email: email@example.com