Run For The Fallen Passes Through Galloway

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Gold Star mother Laura Iorio stands with members of Rolling Thunder as the await the NJ Run For The Fallen runners at Galloway's Veterans Park
Gold Star mother Laura Iorio stands with members of Rolling Thunder as the await the NJ Run For The Fallen runners at Galloway’s Veterans Park

On September 23, 2016 the New Jersey Run For The Fallen ran through Galloway. The run starts in Cape May Point and goes all the way to the Vietnam Memorial in Holmdel. The run stops at multiple locations along the way designated, “Hero Markers” to meet with supporters and “Gold Star” mothers. Galloway’s Hero Marker is numbered “214”. The marker is located at Galloway’s Veterans Park on route 9.

As the run passed through Galloway the runners all stopped and hugged Gold Star mother Laura Iorio. Laura lost her son, Bradley, an Absegami Graduate, to the war on terrorism. Bradley was in the Army attached to Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division out of Ft. Bliss Texas. Bradley died May 29th 2009 from injuries sustained in Iraq.

On hand for the stop were Galloway’s Mayor, Don Purdy, Deputy Mayor, Tony Coppola and Commander of the Marine Corps Veterans Direct Action Team and Publisher of the Galloway Patriot, Chuck Knutson who held the American Flag as the runners addressed Laura Iorio.

The NJ Run For The Fallen runners salute Gold Star mother Laura Iorio as Galloway Patriot newspaper publisher Chuck Knutson and LCpl Taylor Spiers hold the runners flags
The NJ Run For The Fallen runners salute Gold Star mother Laura Iorio as Galloway Patriot newspaper publisher Chuck Knutson and LCpl Taylor Spiers hold the runners flags

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Christening the “Jaime Lee” Our Salute To Veteran’s Cannon

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Galloway Patriot publisher Chuck Knutson and Cpl Taylor Speirs fire the "Jaime Lee"
Galloway Patriot publisher Chuck Knutson and Cpl Taylor Speirs fire the “Jaime Lee”

After months of research, parts ordering, blueprint study, historical documentary viewing, welding, sanding, painting, sawing, filing, assembling and testing, the “Jaime Lee” a Mountain Howitzer 12 pounder Civil War cannon is complete.

The christening date of July 4, 2016 was met but it came down to the wire with final completion tasks finished on July 3rd.  The cannon was officially christened at 7am at the Absecon VFW on July 4th.

Our friends at Backward Flag Brewing in Lacey Township NJ made a special bottle of beer just for the christening.  Backward Flag is owned by combat veterans and does a lot to support veterans.

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Immediately following the christening, the cannon was transported to Smithville to take the lead in the Galloway 4th of July Parade along with the “Last Salute” Honor Guard.  The cannon sat upon the Galloway Patriot’s military truck and trailer.

After the parade, the cannon was fired by Galloway Township’s Police Chief, Donna Higbee.

Don’t forget to check out our over 200 4th of July Parade photos after you check out these photos from the cannon’s christening.

Christening the "Jaime Lee" with a special bottle of beer made by our friends at Backward Flag Brewing
Christening the “Jaime Lee” with a special bottle of beer made by our friends at Backward Flag Brewing
The "Jaime Lee" roars as it's fired by Police Chief Donna Higbee in front of the Smithville Inn on July 4th
The “Jaime Lee” roars as it’s fired by Police Chief Donna Higbee in front of the Smithville Inn on July 4th

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Medal of Honor Recipients Visit Absecon VFW

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Medal of Honor recipients Tom Kelley and Brian Thacker visited the Absecon VFW for lunch while in town for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement event.  The VFW put out a very gracious spread with the help of Chef Elio from the Rams Head in Galloway.

While there, the Medal of Honor recipients signed the Galloway Patriot’s Humvee and trailer which are both used primarily for veterans funeral services as part of Last Salute the VFW Post 9462 Honor Guard.

There are 4 Medal of Honor recipient signatures in the Humvee.  We are extremely proud to have them to help us honor those we provide services for.

Dr. Nina of Fox News was there to meet the heroes and to thank everyone at the VFW for their service.

If you would like to help Last Salute provide services, please visit our GoFundMe page.

Medal of Honor recipient Tom Kelley signs the Humvee for the Galloway Patriot
Medal of Honor recipient Tom Kelley signs the Humvee for the Galloway Patriot

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Galloway Patriot Newspaper – Magnus Mud Run June 2016

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The Galloway Patriot newspaper’s Magnus Mud Run FREE children’s event drew a huge crowd for the first event of the season.  The run is held a couple times a year and this first one was Saturday, June 11th at the Galloway Twp. Municipal Complex on Jimmie Leeds Rd.

Hundreds showed up to have a great time and the weather was perfect.   Galloway’s Fire Department had to keep reloading water on their fire trucks as they used thousands of gallons to make mud out of dirt dropped by Galloway Public Works and then hose off the kids.

The kids walked through the Galloway Patriot’s huge military tent and got to see some military items as well as a cross made from steel recovered from the World Trade Center.  Then, they negotiated a number of fun obstacles with help from Marines, Boy Scout Troop 77 and other volunteers.

The event started with the Absecon VFW Honor Guard posting colors.  All the children said the Pledge of Allegiance and then the run began.

The Magnus Mud Run is a FREE community event produced by the Galloway Patriot newspaper and is in its 5th year.

We would like to thank our Sponsors – Clayton Self Storage, Home Depot, Hale Nails and Fred & Ethel’s in Historic Smithville Village.

Also, a big thank you to all our volunteers that worked so hard to set-up, manage, break-down and then put back the entire giant production at our locker in Clayton Self Storage.

Don’t miss the next one on August 20th at 11am.   Register now at MagnusMudRun.com

Check out the over 100 pictures from this great event!!!!!!!

All set up in the registration tent just before the fun begins
All set up in the registration tent just before the fun begins

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9-11 Memorial Fundraiser – Join the Team

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The City of Absecon is hosting a community and regional fundraiser to help support the construction of our 9-11 Memorial. When completed, the Memorial site will stand tall in Heritage Park along Mill Road. The completion date is set for August, with Absecon’s tribute set for 9-11-2016. At this time, we respectfully ask for your support by donating $100 to have your business name, friends, family, organizations or individuals placed on the back of the shirt to commemorate this worthy memorial gift. This has been a 4-year project, and the committee is very excited now that the outcome is soon at hand. If interested, please contact Betty Howell at 609-412-9963.