GILLETTE - Long Hill Township renamed Riverside Park in a special ceremony today for a local Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan last year.

Today's event honoring Matthew Kantor was just one of the ways the state's 565 towns and cities honored our veterans.

A fellow SEAL says Kantor exemplified what it means to be a warrior and was devoted to his friends, teammates and the United States.

In Perth Amboy, Mayor Wilda Diaz was thinking of her son, who is currently serving in Kandahar. "My family has a history in the armed forces, either Marines or Army," Diaz says. "But they do it proudly because they believe in the values and freedoms in our nation."

World War II veteran Joseph Nagy says he's proud of how public sentiment toward veterans has changed over the years. "Mostly what gives me a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction is to see how after these two wars in Afganistan and Iraq how much respect and time we give to our veterans," he says.