TRENTON, N.J. – The Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved a joint resolution Thursday, sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I and New Jersey’s contribution to the war effort.
“As the years pass, we need to make the conscious effort to never forget the sacrifice and heroism of more than 140,000 soldiers from New Jersey who served overseas during the war, and the 3,400 who made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “The role of our state in fighting and winning the war cannot be over-stated.”
The state was instrumental in preparing the fighting force and the then-unprecedented mobilization of more than 2 million American soldiers. Burlington County’s Fort Dix, then known as Camp Dix, was one of 38 training facilities statewide.
“This is an opportunity to recognize the people, places and events of World War I that indelibly shaped the 20th century,” Dancer said. “If not for the United States, if not for New Jersey, the outcome may have been quite different.”
The Knox-Porter Resolution ratifying the Treaty of Versailles, the final peace treaty between the Allied powers and vanquished Germany, was signed by President Warren Harding in Raritan on July 2, 1921, and officially ended America’s involvement in the war.