On Memorial Day, we give acknowledgement and thanks to the men and women serving in the military to protect the freedom that the society holds dear. With this in mind, we go to celebrate Newark newest statute in Essex County, the statue of sheriff’s detective Jorge Oliveira. Thursday was the official unveiling of the statute of the 33-year-old Newark resident in November 2011, his fellow sheriff’s officers led a fundraising effort totaling roughly $120,000 to install the statue, “Jorge’s friends and fellow officers were proud when this plaza was dedicated in his honor in 2011. But we wanted to do more to honor his memory and make sure he was always remembered and his sacrifice was not taken for granted,” PBA Local 183 President Chris Tyminski said. “On behalf of the PBA, I would like to thank all those whose donations supported the creation of the statue and County Executive DiVincenzo for working with us so we could make this lasting gesture to our friend,” he added.
A native of Portugal who moved to the United States in 1985, Oliveira graduated from East Side High School in Newark and enlisted in the Army, serving from 1997 to 2000. He joined the sheriff’s office in 2001. Oliveira, a staff sergeant with the New Jersey Army National Guard, was on his fourth tour of duty when he was killed on Oct. 19, 2011 in Afghanistan. Insurgents had attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. As a member of the sheriff’s office, Oliveira was recognized every year for his perfect attendance, County Sheriff Armando Fontoura said. Oliveira didn’t take sick days, and even donated his unused sick time to his fellow officers, Fontoura said. The sheriff noted how Oliveira’s statue faces the buildings where the officers work. “Jorge now will be watching,” Fontoura said. “He has our back.”
The bronze statue is about eight feet tall and depicts Oliveira in his military gear. It was created by Jay Warren from Oregon, who also made the bronze statues of Congressman Donald Payne, Supreme Court Justice William Brennan and Governor Brendan Byrne. Oliveira’s name was emblazoned on the front of the armed forces memorial in Essex County Memorial Park when the plaza was named in his honor during the County’s Veterans Day ceremony in November 2011. The park was opened in September 2009 and is dedicated to the men and women who served their country in seven branches of the U.S. Military. At the center of the 2.7-acre park is a water fountain and monument that displays the flags and seals of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Army National Guard and Air Force National Guard.
With all the fans and circumstance visiting the memorial veteran park was emotionally and solemn, yesterday there were approximately 5 people on the plaza grounds.
In addition to recognizing the sacrifices of others on this holiday. It is the kicking of to the summer activities, and that means barbecue. Memorial Day represents the traditional start of the outdoor cooking season. This is the time of year that send thousands of people to the store for charcoal, gets the filling propane tanks and dreaming of a great cookout season. So Glocally met up with folks at their Memorial day celebration.
Words for Remembrance Day
They shall grow not old
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
From Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen, written in September 1914