Fil-Am Veteran Nestor Enriquez (center) delivers an emotional message on Veterans Day.

JERSEY CITY — The Philippine Plaza, Inc., an organization dedicated to pursuing advocacies benefitting Filipino-American veterans of all wars, held a simple commemoration ceremony on Veterans Day at the Philippine Plaza here on Nov. 11.

Flor Medel Reyes, Founder and CEO of Philippine Plaza, Inc., welcomed all the guests and community members who gathered at the Philippine Plaza dedicated to Fil-Am veterans of all wars and military campaigns in the 20th and 21st centuries.  

Nestor Enriquez, a Fil-Am veteran of the Korean War spoke about the challenges of serving in a submarine during wartime and of the tremendous sacrifice made by his comrades to preserve democracy.

In her message, Consul General Theresa Dizon-de Vega reaffirmed the Consulate General’s commitment to support ongoing efforts to secure more benefits for Fil-Am veterans and their families, including securing passage for the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015, as well as monitoring the progress of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Parole Program for families of veterans.

The event was made more memorable with the presence of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and the first-ever Fil-Am City Council President for Jersey City Rolando Lavarro, Jr., along with other Council members and officials.

Both Mayor Fulop and Council President Lavarro paid tribute to the veterans.

Mayor Fulop, himself a veteran of the Iraq War, conveyed the Jersey City Government’s commitment to assist veterans and also the Fil-Am community in general.

Jersey City is home to one of the largest concentrations of Filipinos and Fil-Ams in the U.S.


Group photo of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr., Consul General Theresa Dizon-de Vega, Philippine Plaza Inc. Founder Flor Medel Reyes, Fil-Am veterans and their representatives, as well as members of the Filipino community at the Philippine Plaza in Jersey City, N.J.

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