National Moment of Remembrance -
Memorial Day -- 31 May 2004.
Each Memorial Day weekend,
we honor and pay homage to the sacrifices made
by our nation’s patriots;
the brave young Americans who brought their courage
and devotion to a difficult fight, liberating oppressed
nations, and providing freedom and a better way
of life. Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines
have served and fought on many fronts, in many
theaters, and thousands have paid the ultimate
price. Then and now, military men and women answer
a great calling and live by principles that would
have them sacrifice their lives for the hope and
promise of a peaceful, secure future for others.
Today in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the
Global War on Terrorism, our men and women in uniform
fight an enemy alongside our coalition allies;
laying down their lives while protecting Americans
at home and providing a better life for people
they’ve never met or known. As we pay tribute
to America’s fallen warriors this Memorial
Day, and in early June when we recognize the 60th
anniversary of the Allied D-Day landings in Normandy,
you and your families are encouraged to reflect
on those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice
in the name of democracy, freedom, and liberty.
Take the time, in between barbecues and outings,
to remember and thank those brave souls who paved
the way for the democratic life we so cherish today.
Stop and recognize the devotion to duty of veterans
and all those who continue to serve our great nation
with the observance of a Moment of Remembrance
at 3:00 p.m.
Memorial Day Ceremony and Monument Dedication
scheduled at the BG Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
The 2004 Memorial Day ceremony will be held on
Saturday, the 29th of May at 11 a.m. at the BG
William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, North
Hanover Township. The parade of New Jersey Veterans
Organizations will pass in review at 10:30 a.m.
At the conclusion of the Memorial
Day activities, a special ceremony will be conducted
the latest addition to the Memorial Walkway, a
beautiful monument from the National Guard and
the Enlisted Associations of New Jersey. The monument
is dedicated to those brave men and women who have
placed their lives on the line to defend our State
and Nation’s honor and freedom.
Lafayette Elementary School remembers the Veterans.
On May 21, 2004, Colonel (Ret)
Emil H. Philibosian, Deputy Commissioner for
Veterans Affairs, accepted
a gift donation of $1,500 for the residents of
the Paramus Veterans Home from the Lafayette Elementary
School in Wayne, New Jersey, as part of the school’s
50th Anniversary celebration. Thank you so much!
Belmar announces “Operation:
The Borough of Belmar has kicked
off a summer-long Operation: Thank You to express
gratitude for the sacrifices being made by the
members of our active military and their families.
Operation: Thank You will include free admission
to Belmar’s beaches this summer for active
members of our military, including activated National
Guard, Reservists, and their families.
Sun National Bank joins the Freedom Loan Program.
The Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
is pleased to announce that Sun National Bank has
joined the list of financial institutions participating
in New Jersey’s Freedom Loan program. Contact
the Sun National Bank at 1-800-691-7701.
TONIGHT – Armed
Forces Tribute Night sponsored by the Newark
Minor league baseball team,
the Newark Bears, will honor the Armed Forces
of the United States
tonight at Essex County’s new Riverfront
Stadium. The Bears will celebrate the hard work
and dedication of those who serve and have served
in the United States Armed Forces. Gates Open at
6:05 p.m. and the game between the Bears and Atlantic
City Surf will begin at 7:05 p.m. Admission is
$8 with Military ID – families are included.
For directions or additional information visit www.newarkbears.com.
Veterans Haven cools down.
The 2004 State Commander Project for the Sons
of the American Legion was to raise enough funds
to purchase window air conditioners for the residents
of Veterans Haven. Commander Kent Hehl accomplished
his goal when on 22 May he delivered sixty (60)
8,000 BTU air conditioners. On behalf of the residents,
Bob Durante, Superintendent at Veterans Haven,
accepted the donation, which was valued at $12,000.
Following the delivery of the air conditioners,
representatives from the Sons of American Legion
joined the residents for a picnic.
Challenge Program will hold a Car Wash tomorrow
- Saturday, 29 May.
It’s going to be a great weekend to kick
off the summer. Why not kick it off in a freshly
washed car? This Saturday, 29 May 2004, there will
be a Car Wash sponsored by the cadets of the New
Jersey National Guard’s ChalleNGe Youth Program.
The car wash will take place at the Burger King
on the corner of Route 38 and Hanover Road, Pemberton,
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no charge for the
car wash. The Student Council of Class #20 will
be on hand to accept donations, which will benefit
the Cadets of Class #20. Take a drive over and
help out the kids in your program.
The National Guard
Association of NJ (NGANJ) and Enlisted Association
of the National Guard
Jersey (EANGNJ) hosted Congressional Staffers’ dinner.
On Wednesday, 26 May 2004, the NGANG and EANGNJ
hosted a dinner for the Congressional Staffers
who arrived earlier in the day for a three-day
visit to various military installations in the
state. The event included remarks by The Adjutant
General, BG Glenn K. Rieth, COL Michael Moore,
NGANJ President, and SGM Len Mayersohn, President
of the EANGNJ. Legislative Committee members from
each Association supported this great opportunity
to address the current and future issues regarding
our soldiers, airmen, and Department leadership.
The Ironhorse Cavalry Motorcycle Riding Club joins
the 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery for a
Family Readiness Group Fund Raiser.
A motorcycle “Poker Run” is
scheduled as a Family Support fund raising event
on 11 July
2004, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. at
the Riverdale Armory, 107 Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale,
NJ. Registration fee is $20 per rider, $10 per
passenger, and $15 for non-riding personnel. Prizes
will be awarded for the Top Two Hands, Oldest/Youngest
Biker, Best Bike, Door Prizes, Food, Drinks, and
Amusements. Point of contact for the event is 1SG
Norman Zubick, 973-631-6280, or email Ironhorse_cavalry@yahoo.com or visit their website at www.ironhorsecavalry.com.
Peapack-Gladstone Bank offers Freedom Loans.
Freedom Loans are now available at the Peapack-Gladstone
Bank. They are the latest financial institution
to join the list of participants in the Freedom
Loan Program. Call the Peapack-Gladstone Bank at
NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam
Era Education Center’s upcoming event schedule.
For more information about any of these events,
please call the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation
office at (732) 335-0033.
31 May -
Memorial Day Ceremony – As part of this ceremony, the NJ Vietnam Veterans
Memorial awards two $2,500 college scholarships to graduating New Jersey seniors,
as well as inducting veterans into the “In Memory” Program, which
honors those who served in Vietnam and returned home only to die as a result
of their tour, but whose names are not on the Memorial.
12 June -
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Restored Military Vehicle Display - Hands-on display of a wide variety of restored
military vehicles from the mid-twentieth century (Raindate: June 19th)
Hey God – Are you really up there?
Author lecture presentation by Vietnam Veteran,
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
The following ceremonies have
been scheduled to honor our State’s veterans.
31 May - 11 a.m.
Distinguished Service Medal
Township of East Orange
15 June - 11 am & 1 pm
Distinguished & Meritorious
Service Medals (am)
Korean War Commemorative Medal (pm)
Guard Training Center
Bldg 35, Sea Girt, NJ
30 June - 11 am & 1 pm
Distinguished & Meritorious
Service Medals (am)
Service Medal (pm)
County Elks & VFW
Main St., Orange, NJ
NJN Public Television & Radio
will air the Thunderbolts of Millville.
NJN Public Television and Radio
will air the Thunderbolts of Millville on Sunday,
6 June 2004, at 9 p.m.
and again on Tuesday, 8 June 2004 at 6:30 p.m.
From 1942 to 1945, the Millville Army Air Field
trained P-47 pilots, teaching them to fly and attack
with their aircraft. The Millville Airport was
dedicated “America’s First Defense
Airport” on August 2, 1941. In January 1943,
the Millville Army Air Field opened as a gunnery
school for fighter pilots. Gunnery training began
with Curtiss P-40F Warhawk aircraft, but after
a few weeks, the P-40s were gone, and the Republic
P-47 Thunderbolt ruled the skies over Cumberland
County. During its three-year existence, more than
10,000 men and women served there with 1,500 pilots
receiving advanced fighter training. Several pilots,
support staff, and Millville residents are interviewed
in the documentary.
NJ Army National Guard attended Annual Armor Conference.
The NJ Army National Guard attended the annual
Armor Conference at Fort Knox, Kentucky from 15-20
May 2004. Representatives from Joint Force HQ-NJ,
254th Regiment (Sea Girt), 2-102nd Armor (Port
Murray), 5-117 Cavalry (Vineland) attended this
event, which is organized as an update for the
Armor community on tactics, equipment, and policy.
Representatives from all components conducted briefings
with the focus on operations in Iraq. A briefing
was conducted on Armor operations during the battle
for Baghdad by the 3rd Infantry Division, and the
capture of Saddam Hussein by elements of Special
Forces and the 4th Infantry Division. Other topics
covered during the conference included Urban Gunnery
Training; a Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
brief by the Command Sergeant Major on the new
Battle Dress Uniform (BDU); and information on
the structure and training for the new Units of
Action slated to replace maneuver brigades throughout
Armory Happenings – Check to see what’s
happening at an Armory near you.
Carnival - Teaneck Armory
Sports Card & Comic Show -
Today in History…
Today is Friday, 28 May 2004
and the 149th day of the year. There are 218
days left in the year.
On this day…
* 1774 – The first Continental
Congress convened in Virginia
* 1830 – The U. S. Congress
authorized the removal of Indians from all states
to western prairie.
* 1892 – The Sierra Club
was organized in San Francisco, California.
* 1937 - U.S. President Roosevelt pushed a button
in Washington, DC, signaling that vehicular traffic
could cross the newly opened Golden Gate Bridge
* 1946 – The first night
game was held at Yankee Stadium (Senators 2,
* 1964 – Palestine National
Congress forms the PLO (Palestine Liberation
* 1971 – USSR’s
Mars 3 becomes the first spacecraft to soft land
* 1987 – The Monitor,
Civil War warship, is discovered by a deep-sea
A few more interesting
facts about New Jersey –
* New Jersey has the largest petroleum containment
area outside of the Middle East countries.
* New Jersey has the most diners
in the world and is sometimes referred to as
Capital of the World.”
* New Jersey rocks! In 1940, the famous Les Paul
invented the first solid body electric guitar in
* New Jersey had the first Medical Center (Jersey
* New Jersey built the first
tunnel under a river (the Hudson) – the
101 Critical Days of Summer begin.
The 101 Critical Days of Summer
begin on 28 May and run through 6 September.
Remember this year’s
summer safety campaign slogan, “This summer
play it SMART.” Remember to drive defensively,
wear seatbelts, and adjust your following distance
and speed to match the road and traffic conditions.
Don’t drink and drive. These are critical
steps in ensuring the safety of you and your families
while on the road. No one is immune to mishaps.
We are all susceptible whether on the job, at home,
or while traveling. Through careful planning, applying
effective risk management, and staying attuned
to our environment we can reduce the potential
for a mishap. Play it SMART this summer. Make this
summer one that is fun and safe!
Don’t forget to mark 21 August 2004 on your
calendars – It’s Family Appreciation
Day for all members of the New Jersey National
Guard, employees of the Department of Military & Veterans,
and their families. A day of fun in the sun is
planned at the National Guard Training Center in
Pancake Breakfast to benefit the troops.
Pancake Breakfast will be held at the American
Legion Post 414, Berwyn Place, Lawrenceville, on
6 June 04 from 7:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. All proceeds
from the breakfast will be donated to the Family
Assistance Program for those families of OUR SOLDIERS
participating in Enduring/Iraqi Freedom Mobilizations.
Tickets are $6. For further information, call 609-989-9162
or 609-771-4143. Come out and support our troops
and their families by supporting this event.
Volunteer to help at a Family
To reach any NJ National Guard
Family Assistance Center –
Call toll free 888-859-0352