It was a perfect autumn day: bright blue sky, colorful foliage, with a slight chill in the morning air. A perfect day to revere The Great War, The War to End all Wars.

But even as that war eventually and unfortunately became a war with a number – World War I – much to the anguish and sorrow of a peaceful people, we set aside a day to memorialize it. That war, in which well over 116,000 young American lives were lost has not been lost to history, nor have those who served in it.

This week Jefferson Township remembered The Great War, celebrating its end on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, so many years ago in 1918.

The Township’s Veterans Memorial Park was overflowing with residents, members of service organizations, scouts and a large representation of veterans who participated in the World War I Centennial Veterans Day Observance.

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Maria Weiskott is a Jefferson Township resident and a forty year veteran of the publishing profession. An award-winning journalist and editor, she served in top managerial positions at numerous business-to- business newspapers and magazines including Reed Elsevier and Fairchild Publications. Early in her career she operated a local newspaper in the Passaic Valley towns of Little Falls, Totowa and the former West Paterson. Following retirement, she launched a “ghostblogging” service that provides social networking update and blogging services for small and medium sized businesses. Maria travels widely with her husband and is a passionate photographer. She can be reached at