We would like to thank all the people that attended and participated in the Veterans Day events in our area. It is great to see support from the community for those that have sacrificed and are committed to protecting America. Here is a little information and a few photos from three events which we were able to attend.
Our day started at Assumption Regional where the children did a wonderful presentation during an early morning assembly. After the assembly, veterans were presented with hand made cards thanking them for their service. The cards were extremely nice and thoughtful. While we could not make events at other schools, the Galloway Patriot, the Knutson family and the Marine Corps Direct Action Team, would like to thank all the schools, teachers and students that participated in Veterans Day events. It makes it all worth it to see such strong support from these amazing children.
The second event which we attended was the “Galloway Township Salute to Veterans”. This annual event includes a wreath ceremony, a poem, a speaker and taps. On hand were Galloway’s Mayor Don Purdy, Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola, Galloway council members – Robert Maldonado and Tim Meadows, Atlantic County Freeholder Rich Dase. The ceremony was conducted by Ike Rucker – United States Marine Corps.
The wreath was placed by Galloway Township Middle School student council president, Gracie Harris and vice president, Durwood Pinkett.
The Absegami Choir lead by Cheryl Breitzman preformed two songs. Absegami’s choir is fantastic and helps us celebrate Veterans Day each year.
The day ended with a Veterans Day Parade in Egg Harbor City. The parade, produced by council woman Hazel Mueller, was an honor for us to lead. The Galloway Patriot and Marine Corps Veterans Direct Action Team, led the parade along with the American Legion Color Guard and other local veterans. We brought our military vehicles, the Humvee which is signed on the dashboard by four Medal of Honor recipients and the M925A2 Troop Transport 6 wheel truck which is dedicated to the Marines of “BLT 1/8” (Battalion Landing Team 1/8). BLT 1/8 was the unit housed in the barracks in Beirut when it was bombed. That was the biggest single day loss of life for the Marine Corps since Word War 2.
Some of the parade participants included the Cedar Creek High School band, the Egg Harbor City Kiwanis Club, the Egg Harbor City Knights, the Knights of Columbus, Pirates Volleyball, the Egg Harbor City Fire Department and the 4H Baton Twirlers Club.
Again, we would like to thank everyone for their support of our veterans. It means a lot to us. If you would like to help the Marine Corps Veterans Direct Action Team prepare local young men and women that have joined the Marine Corps and are awaiting the day which they ship out for Boot Camp, please visit MCVDAT. Your help is greatly appreciated. We want to make sure these local young men and women are extremely well prepared and trained for the rigors and intensity of Marine Corps Boot Camp as well as their Marine Corps career. We know that the better they are trained, the more likely they will return home to our community safe.