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Galloway Township held its annual “Salute to Veterans” event on Saturday September 19th. A ceremony honoring veterans was held at the front of the park. for those of you that do not know, the Veteran’s Memorial Park has been completely renovated with new permanent bleachers, new landscaping and many more beautiful upgrades. All of this was made possible by very generous donations. Not a single dollar of tax payer money was used.
The ceremony included a welcome from Galloway Deputy Mayor, Tony Coppola – Invocation by Reverend Thomas Douglas – Presentation of Colors by the United States Navy Color Guard – National Anthem by Jim Craine – Guest Speaker, Commander Michael Thomas USN – Miss Teen Galloway, Jessica Irvin – Absegami High School Choir led by Cheryl Breitzman – Acknowledgement and awards presentation – Benediction, Reverend Dean Bult – Gun Salute, Absecon/Galloway VFW & Marine Corps Veterans Direct Action Team – Taps, Heather Christine Berchtold.
Immediately following the ceremony was a giant BBQ feast prepared and served by Galloway Community Services. Beth Stasuk, Jennifer DiLuzio and Jennifer Hahn of Community Services were assisted by many volunteers as well as the township manager, Susan Jacobucci. Hundreds of veterans were served lunch and given free t-shirts.
This was biggest crowd ever to attend the event. Many dignitaries and local politicians attended with the crowd. Congressman Frank LoBiondo joined multiple County Freeholders, Galloway Mayor Don Purdy, Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola, Sherriff Frank Ballis and others to honor the veterans.
As always, the Galloway Patriot newspaper assisted and took many photographs. The Galloway Patriot is a veteran owned business and is the primary benefactor of the Marine Corps Veterans Direct Action Team. We took many photos and have placed 100 online for you to enjoy.