On Friday, December 2, 2016 at 6:30pm, the families of Galloway gathered in Smithville Village to see Santa, Mrs. Claus and all of their friends. A large crowd of children and their families waited with anticipation as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived by firetruck courtesy of the Bayville Fire Department. Santa and Mrs. Claus came down from the truck, walked around and greeted and posed for quick photos with the crowd of excited young faces. Santa, Mrs. Claus plus all their friends walked into the village where they gathered at the Santa house and sat for the children to tell them their wish lists and get pictures. Each child had stars in their eyes after a grand visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. A well-organized event put together by the Galloway Community Services and the Galloway Township Fire Department once again this year.
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.
Congratulations to the 4th of July Parade Committee for another amazing parade. The quality and number of entries was better than ever. The Galloway Patriot was proud to help lead the parade with our military trucks and cannon the “Jaime Lee”
Our roving photographer Rich took over 200 photos for you to enjoy. If you were unable to make the parade you missed one of Galloway’s best events. Don’t miss next year’s. We are sure that it will be even better.
Watch this great video of Galloway Police Chief Donna Higbee firing our Salute to Veterans Civil War Cannon the “Jaime Lee” in front of the Smithville Inn after the 4th of July Parade. The cannon was christened as part of the 4th of July festivities that day. It had just finished being completed the day before.
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.
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.
We were extremely honored to be recognized recently by the 4 Seasons Veterans Club. The 4 Seasons Veterans Club gathers about once a month and often invites a speaker. We were very pleased when they asked the Galloway Patriot newspaper to come discuss its “Last Salute” military funeral guard initiative. As many of you know, the publishers of the Galloway Patriot are both veteran Marines and dedicate as much time as possible to community services. Veteran’s issues and services are what we are most passionate about.
The Galloway Patriot formed a veteran’s organization for Marines called the “Marine Corps Veterans Direct Action Team” specifically to assemble local Marines to engage the community in a positive way. As part of that effort, we formed a military funeral honor guard which we named “Last Salute”. Last Salute includes Marines from the MCVDAT and the Absecon VFW Honor Guard.
The 4 Seasons Veterans Club was particularly interested in the effort and services provided by Last Salute. It was our distinct pleasure to address the assembled veterans club.
We brought along our full size civil war cannon, the “Jaime Lee” to display along with other items which we use during ceremonies such as swords, rifles, bugle and flags. We thoroughly enjoyed speaking about the free services we provide and answered questions afterword.
We would like to sincerely thank the club for the opportunity to speak to them and for the beautiful statue which they presented us.