Dept of Military and
Glenn K. Rieth
The Adjutant General
Deputy Adjutant General
(Ret) Stephen G. Abel
Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs
Contacting us is easy!
Office of the Assistant Commisioner
COL (Ret) Michael B. Smith
Mrs. Laura A. Branham
Phone: (609) 530-6987
Fax: (609) 530-7109
on the Web!
State Veterans Service
Mr. Richard Clark
NJ Advisory Committee for
Mrs. Anna Hoffman
BG Willam C. Doyle Cemetery Advisory
Mr. William Rakestraw
New Jersey Freedom Loans
What is a Freedom Loan?
* Up to $10,000
* Annual APR 6%
* Term: 5 years (no pre-payment penalty)
* Unsecured Loan (no collateral required)
Who is eligible to apply?
NJ residents who are:
* Members of the National Guard or Reserve
* Mobilized for one year or longer to fight in the Global
War on Terrorism (GWOT) – excluding routine training.
* Served 90 or more consecutive days in the
GWOT on federal or state active duty (excluding routing training)
and have received orders extending cumulative active duty
a year or longer.
How do I apply?
* Contact participating banks. Call or visit
your local branch office to obtain an application.
* Guardmembers, Reservists, or family members with Power of
Attorney must submit copies of current mobilization orders
with the bank’s Freedom Loan application.
Union of NJ
609-538-4061, ext. 401
Morris Bank & Trust
Bank of America (Fleet Bank)
is undergoing a system-wide change in their loan offerings
and will no longer offer the New Jersey Freedom Loan.
Memorial Day - 30 May 2005
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake, from the skies
All is well, safely rest, God
Go to sleep, peaceful sleep,
May the soldier
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep
Love, good night, Must thou go,
When the day,
And the night
Need thee so?
All is well Speedeth all
To their rest.
Fades the light: And afar
Goeth day. And the
Fare thee well: Day has gone
Night is on.
Thanks and praise, For our days,
‘ Neath the stars,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh.
Beach Passes for NGTC – Sea
Girt for DMVA employees are now available.
Enjoy the sun. Have some fun.
Gail Miller – 6911
Jane Davis – 6910
A Message from The Adjutant General:
I wish each of you and your families a Happy and Safe Memorial
As you know, on 28 May, we dedicate our NJNG GWOT Monument
to those four soldiers of the NJNG who made the ultimate sacrifice
to defend our great Nation.
I would ask each of you to take a moment
to remember these four Soldiers, I also strongly encourage
each of you to join
millions of Americans in honoring the brave men and women in
uniform – those who serve today, those who have fallen
in battle, and those veterans who proudly served in the past.
Military service has always been one of
most noble callings. America has long been the defender of
liberty – the country that has stepped forward to defend
those who could not defend themselves. This was true from our
country’s early days at Lexington and Concord, where
the earliest citizen soldiers defended their farms and homes,
their new country, and the cause of freedom.
This Global War on Terrorism we face has
required our NJNG to adapt. As you may know, our levels of
Mobilization & Deployment
in the NJARNG over the last 24 months, is the greatest since
WWII. This new threat has challenged us to prepare in new ways.
Yet whatever the mission, whatever the challenge that lies
before us, I can assure that our men and women of the NJNG
are serving our country with grit and courage. I thank each
of you and your families for your service to our country.
Our State country is proud of every member
of our NJNG – volunteers
May God bless each of you, may God bless your families, and
may God bless our wonderful country.
America remembers its heroes.
Each Memorial Day, Americans set aside time to remember and
pay homage to the sacrifices of our nation's fallen heroes.
These brave young Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines dedicated
their last full measure of devotion to service before self
in order to preserve our freedom.
From the Civil War to today's military operations in Iraq
and Afghanistan, these brothers, fathers, sisters and mothers
laid down their lives not only for the future of Americans
and their families, but to provide freedom and a better way
of life for those around the world.
Above all else - please take the time to reflect and remember.
Those that have so bravely gone before us lit the torch. It's
our responsibility to cherish our freedom and remember what
the flame means as we proudly carry it on.
An Invitation to a Great Weekend
To my Fellow Soldiers and Airmen,
You and your spouse are invited to attend one of the six remaining
Marriage Retreat Weekends. These events are open to all NJARNG
and NJ Air Guard personnel. Sponsored by the NJARNG Family
Programs Office, these weekends are an opportunity to create
a stronger bond with your spouse. Please contact CH Kevin A.
(O) 609-562-0636 (C) (609)-847-1477
Global War on Terrorism Memorial Dedication -
The New Jersey National Guard will dedicate
the Global War on Terrorism Memorial on Saturday, 28 May
2005, at 2 p.m. The
ceremony will honor the fallen heroes of the New Jersey National
Guard, and will take place at the NJ Department of Military
and Veterans Affairs, 101 Eggert Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.
Refreshments will be served following the ceremony! Uniform:
Army – Class A, Air Force – Service Dress.
112th Field Artillery schedules Memorial Day Services.
On Monday, 30 May 2005, at 1100 hours, the 112th Field Artillery
Association will conduct their annual Memorial Day services
at the Lawrenceville Armory on Eggert Crossing Road. A 21-round
cannon salute will be provided by Battery B 3rd Battalion NJ
National Guard. All are invited to attend.
Franklin Institute Free Admission
The Franklin Institute Science Museum would
like to honor the members of our armed forces over Memorial
Day weekend with
a special invitation. All active duty, active Reservists and
active National Guard and their immediate families are welcome
to visit the museum FOR FREE just by showing their military
ID at the box office! This offer includes not just the Franklin’s
world-class exhibits, but all the fun-filled special events
and activities that the Franklin has to offer:
· IMAX films – either “Mystery of the Nile” or “Aliens
of the Deep”!
· Flight simulator!
· Sky bike!
· Fel Planetarium – with shows like “The
Sky Tonight,” “BIG,” and “Infinity
· Interactive floor shows!
The Franklin Institute gives adults and
kids alike a totally interactive, totally fun day of science
and exploration –from
aviation, to health, to electricity, to astronomy, to mechanics!
So make the Franklin Institute your destination this Memorial
Day weekend – May 28, 29 and 30. With our usual rates
beginning at $13.75 fro adults and $11 for children, this may
be our best offer ever! It’s just our way of saying “Thank
You” for all you do. If you would prefer to reserve your
tickets in advance, just call 215-448-1254 and mention code
MIL05. The Franklin Institute is located at 222 N. 20th St.,
Philadelphia, PA. Visit our web at www.fi.edu for more details.
Home Depot Discount, 26-30 May 05
Home Depot is inviting all active duty, reservists, retired
military personnel, veterans and their families to receive
10 percent off their purchases in recognition of Memorial Day.
The offer is good on purchases up to $2,000 for a maximum discount
of $200 between May 26-30, 2005, at The Home Depot stores,
The Home Depot Floor Stores, the Home Depot Landscape Supply
stores and EXPO Design Center locations.
177th Fighter Wing participates in the Aviation Career Day
The 177th Fighter Wing participated in the Aviation Career
Day as Newark Liberty International Airport 18 and 19 May 2005.
This event was sponsored by FEDEX and included static displays,
presentations and demonstrations by the Civil Air Patrol, various
private pilots, and Continental Airlines and of course the
177th Fighter Wing. Lt Col Yarko Sos piloted the F-16 jet that
was on display for the two day event. He was assisted by TSgt
Mike Passeri, SSgt John Riccio, TSgt Jim Camillo and SSgt Oscar
Favaro all crew chiefs assigned to the 177th Maintenance Group.
Lt Col Sos and the crew chiefs had the opportunity to address
more than 1800 middle school children from Newark, Elizabeth,
East Orange, Bayonne as well as various other schools from
the Newark and surrounding areas. In addition to explaining
the capabilities of the F-16 aircraft they had an opportunity
to speak to the teens about the air National Guard as a career.
The Aviation Career Day is designed to inform young people
about the many career opportunities in the field of Aviation.
Fort Monmouth, NJ
Hosts Annual Armed Forces Community Celebration – June
2005 Armed Forces Community Celebration!
A Tradition of Heroes: Defenders of the Homeland. The Fort
Monmouth Armed Forces Community
Celebration weekend is open to the public. The celebration
will showcase the efforts of the military, state, Monmouth
County, and local communities in providing for the security
and safety of the nation’s citizens. It will be held
on the east side of Fort Monmouth near Oceanport Avenue. The
celebration will include a carnival; civilian and military
displays including armored vehicles, artillery, and helicopters;
historical military re-enactors from the American Revolution
to the present day; a variety of musical acts; skydiving demonstrations;
a classic car show; and many other acts and exhibits. Fodd
and beverages will also be available. One of the exhibits planned
will feature a video/phone hookup to New Jersey National Guard
soldiers stationed in Iraq. For more information call: 732-532-0963
New Spouse Resource
The Military Spouse Career Center, a new free online resource,
is now available. Spouses can search the job board with over
500,000 openings in the federal government and private sector
organizations. Spouses will also find information regarding
jobs on military installations, overseas employment opportunities,
and information on entering and advancing in popular career
fields. Additional resources include career counseling, licensing
and certification, childcare and youth program. The military
Spouse Career Center can be accessed by clicking
The New Jersey National
Guard Magazine “Guardlife” Vol
31 No2 – now available on the world web.
Guardlife magazine Volume 31 Issue No 2 is now available on
the world wide web in a user friendly on-line web version at
the following web address:
The “Hometown Team” magazine
Guardlife provides up to date information on the happenings
within the New Jersey
Army and Air National Guard both at home and abroad. For all
the current news on our soldiers and airmen take a look at
the new issue today. To view past issues of Guardlife magazine
on-line you can visit http://www.nj.gov/military/publications/ the DMAVA Publications homepage.
ChalleNGe Family Fun Day
The New Jersey National Guard ChalleNGe
Youth Program held its first annual Family Fun Day on 21
May 2005. The event was
held as a fundraiser and to provide the cadets and their families
an opportunity to enjoy some food and recreation at Willow
Pond Park on Fort Dix. There was an all-you-can eat buffet
as well as carnival-style games and prizes. With the help and
supervision of ChalleNGe Social Studies Teacher, Mr. Paul Wityk,
the cadets built and painted the games, in addition to setting
up the event and breaking it down afterwards. Thank-you’s
go out to the following companies for their donations and/or
greatly reduced prices: Six Flags, Herr’s Potato Chips,
Pocono Produce and Wirth Lumber. Thank you also to the staff
members who assisted in the event and most importantly to the
families who came out making it the enormous success that it
“There are no second acts in American lives,” F.
Scott Fitzgerald once wrote. Memorial Day Weekend signals the
start of summer, traditionally a time of fun and sun. During
the 101 Critical Days of Summer, we sometimes try to do too
much because of the extra sunlight. Here are suggestions on
how to keep healthy and safe this summer:
Alcohol consumption – Don’t drink and operate
vehicles – automobiles, boats, jet skis, etc. If you
drink, do it moderately and always appoint a designated driver.
Traveling – Be sober, vigilant and
well-rested. Ensure everyone wears a seatbelt.
Watercraft – Know your craft and
use personal floatation devices. Us caution when operating
boats and jet skis, staying
away from other boaters, swimmers and jet skiers.
Motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles – Don’t
operate without proper training and personal protective equipment.
Always remain vigilant and drive defensively.
Outdoor activities – Before and after athletic activity,
take a short moderate-to-brisk walk to improve circulation
rather than stretching, which experts say contributes to muscle
strain. Know you limits and don’t overdo it. Avoid prolonged
exposure to the sun, use sunscreens and drink plenty of water.
Swimming – Swim with a buddy in known waters and don’t
drink. We need to apply this same kind of vigilance off duty
during the 101 Critical Days of Summer. Most mishaps involve
one or more of the following factors: alcohol, fatigue, darkness,
bad weather, poor judgment, risk-taking. Let’s use common
sense, plan ahead and be prepared. An “it-will-never-happen-to-me” attitude
is not a guarantee but rather a recipe for disaster. Take care
of your family and of your Air Force Reserve family. Be alert
and prevent incidents that could cause a lifetime of regrets.
Let’s all enjoy the months of summer, but let’s
enjoy our off-duty time responsibly.
You, Our Military Men & Women
10% off for Military Personnel and Immediate Families
Thursday, May 26 – Monday, May 30
Offer available for all active, reserve and retired military
personnel and their immediate families
Must show valid military ID
Discount limited to purchases of up to $2000
LOWE’S OF HAMILTON – 1000 Marketplace
Boulevard, Hamilton, NJ 08691
(609) 581-8740 This ad is valid through 6/5/2005
Enlisted Council holds golf tourney at Falcon Creek Golf Course
The 108th ARW Enlisted Council is holding
its second annual Golf Outing on July 21, at the Falcon Creek
Golf Course, McGuire
Air Force Base. There will be a shotgun start at noon. The
cost to take the “good walk spoiled” (Mark Twain)
is $75 per individual or $280 for a foursome. This includes
lunch, beverages, 18 holes of golf and a chance to win prizes.
Proceeds from the tournament support the Freedom Alliance Scholarship
fund. This fund provides educational scholarships to children
of American Armed Forces service members who have sacrificed
life or limb. The Alliance is a non-profit educational and
charitable organization. The Enlisted Council is also looking
for hole sponsors at $35 per sign and beverage cart sponsors
at $40. Whether you picture yourself as a Happy Gilmore, John
Daly or Tiger Woods, contact Senior Airman Dee Eggles at 609-754-4141
for more information and entry forms. Happy golfing!
NJ Department of Labor teams up with Teaneck Family Assistance
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
is teaming up with the Teaneck Family Assistance Center to
provide all soldiers returning from deployment with the necessary
information and tools to easily re-integrate into society.
The Re-employment Opportunities briefing given by MSG (Ret)
John Bautz will be held at the Teaneck Armory every Wednesday
at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.
If you have any questions regarding this briefing, contact
MSG (Ret) Bautz at 201-996-8950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandy Cove offers
a free stay for our military members & families
at Operation Oasis on Chesapeake Bay.
Operation Oasis is an outreach program developed to offer
a time of rest and renewal to military personnel involved in
Operation Iraqi Freedom. Located in North East, Maryland, at
the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, Operation Oasis offers
a free 3-day, 2-night time of rest and relaxation. It is a
thank you to those who seek to secure and sustain our freedom.
Simply contact Carol Lee Lynch at email@example.com or
by phone at 800-287-4843 for additional information. You can
also visit the website www.sandycove.org for a more detailed
description of the facility.
Steve Braun Baseball Camp available FREE for children of deployed
soldiers and airmen.
Former Major League Baseball player and retired Trenton Thunder
coach, Steve Braun, will conduct a summer baseball camp on
Saturday and Sunday, 16-17 July 2005. The two-day camp is provide
free to children (male or female) of New Jersey National Guard
soldiers or airmen who are, or have been, deployed overseas
during the Global War on Terrorism.
Parents who wish to volunteer may note
that on their child’s
application or call Marie at 609-562-0739.
Part-time opportunities in Military Funeral Honors Program.
The New Jersey Army National Guard Military
Funeral Honors Program has several part-time employment opportunities
available across the state for TDGs and Technicians. Earn one
day’s base pay and one retirement point for a few hours
work providing Military Funeral Honors for our Veterans. If
you are interested, please contact SFC Raymond Denson, Military
Funeral Honors Coordinator, at 609-530-7090 or by e-mail at Raymond.Denson@nj.ngb.army.mil.
7th Annual Unity Day
“Come Share Your Heritage with Us.” On Thursday,
9 June 2005, the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs,
Joint Force Headquarters will hold it’s 7th Annual Unity
Day at Building 3650, Fort Dix, NJ. This event is held to enhance
cross-cultural awareness and promote harmony among all members
of the New Jersey National Guard, and to recognize the contributions
of women and minorities. This combined effort of Army and Air,
State and Federal, community members and members of both Team
McGuire and the Fort Dix Post contribute to the different ethnic
and Special Emphasis groups being represented. If you are interested
in participating by putting up a display, please contact Kathey
McCready, State Equal Employment Manager at 609-562-0854.
“Freedom Salute” – Soldiers, it’s
easy to nominate someone!
The Freedom Salute campaign is designed
to recognize those who support Soldier’s service and veterans who have served
the country in the past. Individuals nominated will receive
an “Army of One” lapel pin, an official Army decal
a letter of appreciation signed by the Army Chief of Staff,
and a letter of thanks signed by the Chief of Staff and the
Secretary. It’s easy to nominate someone. Soldiers should
simply visit the website: http://freedomteamsalute.army.mil and submit the names of those individuals who are supporting
Ceremony held at Edison Elks Loge in Edison, NJ on Thursday,
A medal ceremony was held at the Edison Elks Lodge in Edison,
NJ to present the Korean Service Medal. COL James Grant, Commanding
Officer, Office of Identity and Information Technology Section,
New Jersey State Police, presented approximately 150 medals
to Middlesex County Veterans. Patricia Richter, Chief, Veterans
Benefits Bureau, served as Mistress of Ceremony. Division of
Veterans Programs employees, Ms. Karen Hansen and Ms. Michele
Johnson assisted with the program.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have been scheduled
to honor our State’s veterans.
||Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medal
430 Jockey Hallow Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
||Korean Service Medal
||Distinguished and Meritorious Service Medal
||Toms River Elks
600 Washington Street
Toms River, NJ
||Vietnam Service Medal
||Distinguished Service Medal
||Atlantic Cape Community College
5100 Black Horse Pike
Mays Landing, NJ
||Korean Service Medal
||Distinguished Service Medal
||West Orange Armory
1299 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ
||Korean Service Medal
Support the Troops
Here are some of the activities and fundraisers planned in
support of our deployed troops and their families:
Karate Classic – 28 May 2005 - to benefit
Toms River Family Readiness Group. The St. Jude’s Judo & Isshinryu
Karate Academy is sponsoring an Invitational Karate tournament
to benefit the Toms River Family Readiness Group. The event
is scheduled for Saturday, 28 May 2005, at the Berkeley Township
Elementary School, 10 Emory Avenue, Bayville, NJ 08721. Interested
participants need to call Robert Martinez at 732-674-4032 for
eligibility and application information. Registration is at
9 a.m. and the eliminations start at 10 a.m. Last year, this
event raised over $1,400 for the Toms River Family Readiness
Group and this year’s event is expected to match or
exceed that amount.
- West Orange to honor and support NJ National Guard
troops – 30
May 2005. The Township of West Orange is holding a luncheon
fundraiser to support the NJ National Guard Family Readiness
Council, in conjunction with its annual Memorial Day Ceremony,
Monday, May 30, 2005. Since 1999, the municipality’s
annual event has included the awarding of the New Jersey Distinguished
Service Medal to qualifying local combat veterans. To honor
this year’s twenty recipients, and in support of our
troops in the field, a luncheon will follow. Tickets are $50
per person and may be obtained by sending your check (payable
to VFW Post 376) to the Mayor’s Office, 66 Main Street,
West Orange, NJ 07052. Additional information may be obtained
by calling 973-325-4205.
- Mealey’s Furniture to
donate 3 rooms of new furniture to a needy military member
on Memorial Day. Do you know someone
who is or has served Active Duty in the US military and is
now in need? Mealey’s would like to thank them for their
service by giving them three complete rooms of furniture. Entry
forms can be found in any of Mealey’s three stores or
online at www.mealeysfurniture.com. All nominations will be
reviewed and selection will be made on June 30th.
- Send coffee!! – The “Coffee Express” is
on track! Time to start percolating and open the spigots all
the way! The good news is that over 1500 pounds of coffee have
been sent to the troops so far. The bad news is that they have
drunk most of it. It’s time for a second cup. Join the “Coffee
Express” – buy a pound or two of coffee and send
it to one of the address shown belo3 or to the soldier of your
choice at either unit. MAJ Mike Lyons, HHC 50th Main Support
Battalion, FOB Speicher, APO AE 09393 or LTC John Nunn, HHC
42nd DISCOM, FOB Speicher, APO, AE 09393.
- Sign up for a chance to send your solider Dunkin
Donuts coffee. Dunkin Donuts will send a case of free coffee to your
soldier if he/she is among the 50 selected in a monthly lottery.
Just go to www.dunkindonuts.com,
click on “About Us,” click
on “Contact Us,” click on “Instore Visits,” fill
out the form, in the comments section put the soldier’s
rank, name and APO address, and say that you would like to
send your soldier coffee. Then click “Submit.” You
can mail a request to Dunkin Brands, 130 Royall Street, Camton,
MA 02021, Attention Customer Care or request the coffee by
phone at 781-737-3000 (Customer Relations).
- Operation Uplink. Visit http://www.operationuplink.org/request.cfm to request free phone cards for active duty military personnel
deployed away from home. At this site you can fill out a request
for a phone card to be sent to yourself or a loved one. One
card per request per servicemember will be honored during a
- Gifts from the Homefront. The “Gifts from the Homefront” program
was begun last year by the Army and Air Force and enables people
from all walks of life to rally around America’s troops
by purchasing gift certificates designed to lift the morale
of deployed troops around the world. The certificates, which
can be purchased by any individual or civic organization, allow
service members to purchase items of necessity and convenience
at PX and BX facilities around the world. “Gifts from
the Homefront” certificates can be addressed to “any
service member” or individual service members. Because
the gift certificates can be use for merchandise already stocked
at contingency locations, “Gifts from the Homefront” are
a safe alternative to traditional care packages that can strain
the military mail system and present force protection issues.
Those wishing to send a “Gift from the Homefront” can
simply log on to the AAFES website, www.aafes.com,
or call 877-770-4438 toll-free to buy gift certificates in
$10 or $20
denominations. From there, the “Gift from the Homefront” may
be sent to an individual service member designed by the purchaser
or distributed to “any service member” through
the USO, American Red Cross, Air Force Aid Society, or Fisher
- Operation Mail Call. Operation Mail call
is a program initiated by New Jersey Assemblymen Jack Conners
and Herb Conaway that
enables citizens to donate postage stamps for use by our troops
and their families. Over 30,000 stamps have been donated to
our National Guard soldiers and airmen and Family Readiness
Programs. With Memorial Day 2005 approaching, we recall the
unique sacrifices made by every generation that has served
in uniform for the good of America. We are often asked what
can be done to support the soldiers of this generation. If
you would like to participate, please mail or drop off your
postage stamps to the 7th Legislative District Office, Delran
Professional Center, 8008 Route 130 North, Suite 125, Delran,
- American Hero Band - The American Hero
Band is a free wristband worn by Americans to demonstrate
their support of the “Defenders
of Freedom” who are Army National Guard soldiers deployed
across the globe. Engraved on the metallic wristband are the
words IN HONOR OF AN AMERICAN HERO SERVING IN THE ARMY NATIONAL
GUARD. These words are flanked left by the Army National Guard
logo and right by the American flag. There is also an inscription
of the National Guard website, http://www.virtualarmory.com and a unique serial number engraved inside this commemorative
wristband. If you are interested in getting The American Hero
Band, go to http://www.virtualarmory.com and click on the American
Hero Band banner.
Armory Happenings – Listed
below are events taking place at your local armory.
Open House – 18 June 2005 -Toms River Armory - The Wolfpack
is back from Iraq and so is the fun and excitement! Best of
all, it’s FREE!
An Open House is scheduled at the Toms
River Armory on Saturday, June 18, 2005, from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. The soldiers of Charlie
Battery and Detachment 1 Service 3/112th FA are hosting the
Open House, and with the assistance of the recruiters, are
supporting the TAG’s Policy on “Strength Management.” There
will be historical displays from the Revolutionary War to Operation
Iraqi Freedom. For the children, there will be Hummer rides,
camouflage face painting, paintball targets, a grenade toss,
a child ID Program, and many other fun activities. There will
also be prizes and give-aways. Refreshments will be available
at low family prices!
The Open House will also provide an opportunity to showcase
the facility to the public, and to let the community know that
the facility is available for their use.
||National Cancer Survivors Day
||West Orange Armory
||Medal Ceremonies for DSM/MSM & KSM
||Sports Card and Comics Show
||Toms River Armory
||Cherry Hill Armory
||Pick-Up & Drop-Off Point for Camp
Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans will present Flag Memorial
and other events to honor veterans (10-12 June 2005).
The Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans will present the 20th
Annual Donald W. Jones Flag Memorial on 10 June 2005. The Memorial
consists of 58,000 American flags, each placed in the ground
by someone who cares, for every American soldier killed or
missing in action in Vietnam. The flags will create a Memorial
in the shape and exact size of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Wall in Washington, D.C. The event will be held at the Falls
Township Community Park, 9070 Mill Creek Road, Levittown, PA
(Rain or Shine) and will begin at 9 a.m.
On Saturday, 11 June 2005, there will be
a free Freedom, Blues & Rock
concert that will begin at 11 a.m. and feature the following
bands: Ambush, Ergo, Hellbound Blues Band, Jekyl’s Hyde,
Last Call, Legend, Mikey Junior, The Seven Band, Sister Blue,
and Sweet Medicine. A fireworks display will be held at dusk.
The concert and fireworks will be held at the Falls Township
Park, Mill Creek Road, Levittown, PA 19054. On Sunday, 12 June
2005, a motorcycle rally will depart Bristol Township Municipal
Building, 2501 Bath Road, Levittown, PA at 12:30 p.m. If you
are interested in participating, please all Shotgun Willie
at 267-784-2282. The Honors Ceremony will begin at 1 p.m.
Corner – Ernie Razzano, Certified Fitness Trainer
You keep telling yourself that you will
start a workout program soon. You’ll start right after “this” or
as soon as “that” is done. A helpful hint in getting
started is to know what to do or how to start. Here are some
common guidelines to follow when beginning an exercise program.
Choose an activity you enjoy. Don’t do something because
you think it’s popular. You’re more likely to stay
with an activity if it’s something you enjoy. If having
people exercise with you is important then join a class, club
or form your own group. When working out with a partner try
to choose someone with a similar fitness level. As a beginner,
you may work too hard if you exercise with an experienced partner.
When beginning, ease into a program and
have fun. Remember, you should not try to make up for all
the years you haven’t
exercised in the first few workouts. Because your body is unaccustomed
to exercise, realize that you may be stiff or sore after the
first day. This soreness will pass as you continue to work
the muscles. If you overdo it the first day, you may be so
sore that it turns you off to exercise.
Participate in more that one activity. Anything can become
boring or monotonous day after day. Remember to choose activities
that can still be done during inclement weather. You want to
exercise year round, not just in the spring or summer. A good
program incorporates aerobic, strength, and flexibility components.
Try for all-around conditioning, not just one aspect.
When possible, exercise at the same time each day. This helps
to form a schedule. Once you have a routine it becomes a natural
part of your week.
Regardless what you do, please see your doctor to receive
medical clearance to participate in exercise, especially if
you have any preexisting health concerns. There may be a valid
reason why you should limit your participation or not exercise
New Jersey Vietnam
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial will be awarding
two $2,000 college scholarships during the ceremony. The scholarship
recipients are Joseph J. Gianetti, of Closter, graduating from
Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest and Amy M.
Van Daele, of Eastampton, graduating from Rancocas Valley Regional
High School. The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
will induct three veterans into the “In Memory” Program. “In
Memory” honors New Jerseyans who served and died as a
result of the war in Vietnam but whose names are not on the
Memorial. The three inductees are:
William F. Lamb, US Army, of Matawan, NJ, who died September
Donald E. Sanders, US Army, of Toms River, NJ, who died March
William Toto, Jr., US Army, of Nutley, NJ, who died January
As part of the ceremony, family members
will say a few words about their loved one and light a candle
in their memory. A
book of biographical information, compiled by the family, is
also placed in the Educational Center’s Resource Room.
Also participating in the program will be local chapters of
the Vietnam Veterans of America and Chaplain Joseph Formola
of the Vietnam Veterans of America, NJ State Council. There
will be a wreath-laying portion of the program. The Vietnam
Era Educational Center, adjacent to the Memorial, will be open
free of charge.
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational
Center’s upcoming event schedule.
||Memorial Day Ceremony
On the River (memoir of an American advisor to South
Author Lecture by Vietnam Veteran George L. Athas
||10am - 4pm
||Military Vehicle Display
For more information about any of
these events, please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Foundation office at (732) 335-0033.
The Vietnam Era Educational Center is open
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission
is free for veterans
and active duty military personnel. Regular adult admission
is $4; student and senior citizen admission is $2; and children
under 10 are admitted free. The Center is located adjacent
to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the Garden State
Parkway at Exit 116.
Retirement Receptions planned.
Several of our Department’s employees
will be retiring in the very near future. Listed below is
the information on
their planned receptions/dinners.
|Ms. Ellen Fruscione
31 May 2005, 1600 hours
Angela Como or Liz DiStefano
|MSG (Ret) Chuck Arnold
||Charley's Other Brother
Route 537, Eastampton, NJ
2 June 2005, 1130 – 1330
Maria Rodriguez (email)
8 June 2005, 1130 hours
|CW3 SGM Michael Amoroso
Charleys Other Brother
20 June 2005, 1700 hours
SFC Denise Creary
Today in History
Today is Friday the 27th of May 2005.
It is the 147th day of the year with 218 days remaining.
1431 – Joan of Arc was burned at
the stake in Rouen, France, at the age of 19
1536 – English King Henry VIII marries
1539 – Hernando de Soto, the Spanish
explorer, landed in Florida with 600 soldiers to search for
1783 – The first daily newspaper was published in the
U.S., by Benjamin Towner called “The Pennsylvania Evening
1848 – W. G. Young patented the
ice cream freezer.
1868 – Memorial Day was observed
for the first time in the U.S.
1922 – The Lincoln Memorial was
dedicated in Washington, DC.
1971 – Mariner 9, the American deep
space probe blasted off on a journey to Mars.
New York Lotto pays $30 million to one winner (#s are 12-15-30-33-40-48).
2003 – Peter Jenning was sworn in
as a U.S. citizen.
Call today to volunteer at a Family Readiness Center near
If you are able to assist the families of our deployed soldiers
and airmen, please call our Family Readiness Center at our
toll-free number 888-859-0352.
Thought for the week:
No man was ever so completely skilled
in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information
from age and experience.