Veterans Day Observance Recap

Veterans Day Observance Recap

Posted on November 13, 2019

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Montgomery Township came together late afternoon on 11/11/19 to honor its veterans. This was the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War 1 and began the tradition of Veterans Day. The POW/MIA Chair of Honor, an empty chair remembering those who never returned home, was on display. Dimitra Bairaktaris, the Chairperson of the Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee served as Master of Ceremonies.  Rev. Christopher Heitkamp gave the invocation and benediction.  Opening remarks were made by Congressman Tomasz P. Malinowski and Mayor Sadaf Jaffer.

All veterans present were recognized and individuals were invited to share their name, rank, and years of service. Members of MEMS & both fire companies were present in uniform, as were cub scouts and girl scouts from Montgomery.

Francisco Cortes, US Army and President of the NJ State Veterans Chamber of Commerce, was the veteran guest speaker.  This was followed by a group of Montgomery Lower Middle School students who read letters they wrote to veterans.  They were introduced by Lisa Romano, LMS Supervisor of Language Arts & Social Studies, who fostered their letter-writing. Reflections were presented by MVMC member Mike Maloney, USMC and Rolling Thunder representative.

Troop 850 scoutmaster Simon Clark and Montgomery scouts presented the colors.  The Montgomery Marching band played the National Anthem and American the Beautiful.  There was a moment of silence to remember the sacrifices of our nation’s military. The ceremony ended with the playing of Taps by student Mati Orlowski-Ng and the MHS marching band brass section.