Galloway Township’s Trunk or Treat Draws Thousands

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Galloway Township's Trunk or Treat
Galloway Township’s Trunk or Treat

Galloway Township’s Trunk or Treat event on October 29th drew thousands and was a huge success.  Families waited patiently as the long line wound its way through a newly designed and very well organized event area.  Beth and Jen from Galloway’s Community Services did an amazing job and along with the many volunteers, businesses, Police, Fire and Public Works, put on a great show for the thousands of excited children attending.

The Galloway Patriot brought out all its military trucks and along with a few United States Marines and U.S. Army Soldiers, handed out candy.  Our team of dedicated military personnel are always eager to help with community events especially when the event is for children.

Here are almost 100 photos from the event.  Enjoy………

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Galloway’s 9-11 Memorial Event Stirs Emotions

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50 MORE PHOTOS ADDED ON WEDNESDAY 9-14-2016 PLEASE TELL EVERYONE THAT ALREADY LOOKED!!!!!!!!

 

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Galloway’s 9-11 Memorial Event stirred emotions from the very start this year. This being the 15th anniversary of one the most tragic attacks in our Nation’s history, added even more solemnness to the ceremony. Galloway Fire Chief Amor “Skip” Portale was visibly shaken as he spoke of the tragedy. He and his department of dedicated fire fighters stood in full dress uniform on this day of remembrance. They reflected upon the nation’s loss as the “Four Fives” rang from the bell, a traditional bell signal used to honor a fallen fire fighter.

Galloway’s very sharp Police Honor Guard posted the colors as Boy Scout troop 634 led the assembled crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Howard, Donna Marie and Heather Berchtold sang our National Anthem and then the speakers made their remarks. The guest speaker, Brandon Wise, of the “Salvation Army” spoke of his experiences at Ground Zero.

The Absegami High School Choir led by Cheryl Breitzman sang beautifully as usual. The Atlantic City Fire Department Sandpiper Drum and Bugle performed multiple moving bagpipe driven instrumentals.

The Wreath ceremony included the children of first responders, Cayla and Madison Kirby of the Galloway Fire Department, Easton and Emmalene Vernon, of the Galloway Police Department, Dakota Gunsert and Keaden Cantz of Galloway’s Ambulance Squad and Connor Morrissey with Alexandra Hughes.

Anna Jezycki “Mrs. J”, who lost her niece on 9-11 fired a single volley from the “Jaime Lee”, the Galloway Patriot’s Civil War cannon to honor all those which we have lost. This was followed by Taps performed by Joe Ward and Heather Berchtold.

Galloway Patriot publisher Chuck Knutson, Mrs "J", and Lcpl Kyle Ragland place flag at 9-11 cross
Galloway Patriot publisher Chuck Knutson, Mrs “J”, and Lcpl Kyle Ragland place flag at 9-11 cross

Following Taps, Galloway Patriot newspaper publisher Chuck Knutson who is also Sgt. at Arms of “Last Salute Military Funeral Honor Guard”, along with Marine Lcpl Kyle Ragland, folded a flag which they then presented to Anna Jezycki “Mrs. J”. They then led Mrs. J to a table where she laid the flag in front of the 9-11 cross which is made of steel from the World Trade Center. It was such an emotional moment that the flag was later given to Mrs.J as a gift. Last Salute would normally keep the flag for future use but decided that Mrs. J should keep it. Parsel’s Funeral Home in Absecon has been very generous in providing Last Salute flags for events such as this.

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For those who did not attend, please view the over 50 photos below. If you have the time, visit the 9-11 Memorial at Patriot Lake.

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9 11 Heroes Run in Smithville – Over 300 Photos

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Local Galloway Fireman complete the Heroes Run in full gear
Local Galloway Fireman complete the Heroes Run in full gear

The Travis Manion 9-11 Heroes Run was held Saturday September 10th in Smithville. There was a great turnout with a large number of runners, guest speakers and a grand opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony started with the National Anthem sung by Fox News national correspondent, Kelly Wright. It also included remarks from Congressman Frank LoBiondo and Galloway Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola. The Colors were posted by a joint Galloway-EHT Police Honor Guard.

Fox News national correspondent Kelly Wright a long time friend of the Galloway Patriot, sings the National Anthem
Fox News national correspondent Kelly Wright a long time friend of the Galloway Patriot, sings the National Anthem

Galloway’s Fire Department rang the bell with the “four fives”, the traditional signal for when a fireman dies on duty. Following the bell, Last Salute Military Funeral Honor Guard comprised of the Marine Corps Veterans Direct Action Team and VFW Post 9462, fired three volleys from their rifles. Last Salute then played taps and Galloway Patriot publisher Chuck Knutson along with Lcpl Kyle Ragland folded the flag and symbolically placed it in front of the 9-11 cross made of steel from the World Trade Center.

Congressman Frank LoBiondo fires the cannon as Galloway Patriot publisher Chuck Knutson yells "FIRE"
Congressman Frank LoBiondo fires the cannon as Galloway Patriot publisher Chuck Knutson yells “FIRE”

The race started with the firing of the Galloway Patriot’s Civil War cannon, the “Jaime Lee”. The cannon was fired by Congressman Frank LoBiondo and the runners began.

The Galloway Patriot took over 300 photos. It was a great event and we would like to congratulate and thank all who participated. Special thanks to everyone that helped make the event so successful.

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We look forward to an even bigger event next year.

The Travis Manion 9-11 Heroes Run Medal Winners
The Travis Manion 9-11 Heroes Run Medal Winners

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Galloway’s 4th of July Parade – Over 200 Photos!!!!

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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”

One of the Galloway Patriot's Military Trucks Helps Lead The Annual 4th of July Parade
One of the Galloway Patriot’s Military Trucks Helps Lead The Annual 4th of July Parade

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.

The Galloway Patriot displays its Salute to Veterans Civil War Cannon which is used at military funerals and veterans events
The Galloway Patriot displays its Salute to Veterans Civil War Cannon which is used at military funerals and veterans events

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.

There was a big crowd for this year's 4th of July Parade
There was a big crowd for this year’s 4th of July Parade

 

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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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