Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that there will be a tribute to veterans at Bayonne High School’s Homecoming football game on Friday evening, September 30. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. at Don Ahern Veterans’ Memorial Stadium. In honor of the veterans, employees of the City of Bayonne will be installing flags at the stadium representing each of twelve local veterans’ posts. Veterans will also be offered free admission to the game, which will pit the Bayonne High School varsity football team against the challengers from Union City. To obtain free admission, veterans should wear a cap from their post. The same courtesy of free admission will also be offered to currently active military personnel wearing a uniform or offering other proof of current military service.
Mayor Smith said, “The stadium was named in honor of Bayonne’s veterans and also for Don Ahern, who served as both Second and First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. The City of Bayonne is proud of the role that Bayonne’s veterans have played defending our nation. As a community, we are renewing our commitment to the veterans by flying new post flags in the stadium for the start of the new football season. We are proud of our veterans, and I know the veterans will be proud to see the new veterans’ post flags at the stadium.”
The original construction of the stadium took place in the 1960′s, when the facility was named Veterans’ Memorial Stadium. In 1996, the name of the late City Council Member and veteran, Don Ahern, was added to the stadium. Due to serious structural problems, the original stadium was replaced with the current aluminum stadium in 2000-2001. The stadium has a seating capacity of 3,000.