Historic Jersey City-Harsimus Cemetery event honors vets

Dozens gathered in song and ceremony Monday to honor the veterans buried in a historic Jersey City cemetery. (5/26/14)

JERSEY CITY - Dozens gathered in song and ceremony Monday to honor the veterans buried in a historic Jersey City cemetery.

Florence Ibrahim came to pay her respects this Memorial Day at the Jersey City-Harsimus Cemetery. The cemetery is a place where not only generations of Jersey City residents are laid to rest, but also many veterans.

"I said I want to come and pay homage to my family and everybody," Ibrahim says. "And it's not all about barbecues, it's about the people that fought for this country."

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There are veterans buried there who served in the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm. Each veteran's grave is identified with a silver marker. 

The six-acre property in a meadow off of Newark Avenue fell into disrepair a few years ago. Since then, the cemetery is under new management. Concerts and events are held here to raise the $3,000 a month it costs to maintain it.

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