Governor James E. McGreevey attends Dedication and Ribbon Cutting
Ceremonies for the Old Glory Wing at the Veterans Memorial Home at
As hundreds of guests looked on
today, Governor James E. McGreevey helped cut the
ribbon to officially open the Old Glory Wing at
the Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park. Residents
began moving into the Wing earlier this month, when
it opened its doors for
the first time. The Old Glory Wing is a secure unit
that provides a safe environment and the highest
quality care for our special
needs, Alzheimer, and dementia related residents. This
Department is extremely proud and honored to be able
to provide these services
to the State ’s veterans who so bravely served our Country.
“Salute the Troops” ceremony
scheduled for Sovereign Bank Arena tomorrow.
Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General, invites all
employees and their families
to join with him
tomorrow morning, Saturday,
1 May 2004, at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton,
NJ to honor the more than 650 citizen-soldiers deploying
to Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. There
will be an official deployment ceremony and a parade
of troops from the following
deploying units: 50th Brigade Headquarters; 2nd Battalion,
113th Infantry; 2nd Battalion, 102nd Armor; and the
50th Finance Detachments.
The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. (doors open at
12 noon). Bring the family and salute NJ’s finest as they
deploy to Cuba.
Family Assistance Center opens this weekend.
Another New Jersey National Guard Family Assistance Center will
open this weekend at the Jersey City Armory. Ribbon cutting ceremonies
will take place on Sunday, 2 May 2004, at 11 a.m.
participates in “Take our Daughters
and Sons to Work Day. ”
On 22 April 2004, the
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs hosted
our annual “Take our Daughters
and Sons to Work Day.” Fifteen
children of DMVA employees received an official greeting
and a Certificate of Participation from The Adjutant
General. The children
toured the Homeland Security Center of Excellence and
participated in a mock emergency exercise. During the
exercise, the children
learned the roles of the Governor, Federal Emergency
management Agency (FEMA), New Jersey State Police and
the National Guard
during an emergency. After lunch the children traveled
to Fort Dix to tour the Training and Training Technology
Battle Lab (T3BL).
At T3BL they learned where and how some of our soldiers
are training prior to deployments. Thank you to all
of the DMVA staff who participated
on the Committee and assisted to ensure that the children
had a wonderful time.
First New Jersey Korean War Commemorative Medals awarded.
In a ceremony marked with honor and military decorum, Brigadier
General Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General, assisted by Brigadier
General Maria Falca-Dodson, Deputy Adjutant General, and COL (Ret)
Emil H. Philibosian, the Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs,
43 Korean War Veteran residents of our Menlo Park Veteran Memorial
Home were presented with the New Jersey Korean War Commemorative
Medal. BG Rieth saluted these veterans for their service and sacrifice
on behalf of all citizens of our great state and nation. COL (Ret)
Philibosian noted that veterans, whose military service was within
23 June 1950 through 31 January 1955, are eligible to receive
this prestigious medal. For further information, contact a NJDMVA
Veteran Service Officer or call 1-800-624-0508.
Veterans to be honored at upcoming Medal Ceremonies.
following ceremonies have been scheduled to honor
our State’s veterans.
|30 Apr -
|Vietnam Service Medal
Park Drive & Creek Rd, Bellmawr, NJ
|4 May -
|Distinguished Service Medal
||Township of Millburn
375 Millburn Ave.,
Millburn, NJ 07041
|8 May -
|Korean War Commemorative Medal,
Service, & Vietnam Service Medals
|NASW Aviation Museum
Cape May County Airport,
Rio Grande, NJ 08204
|19 May -
|Vietnam Service Medal
||American Legion Post 99
314 Bell Grove Dr.,
Kearny, NJ 07032
|31 May -
|Distinguished Service Medal
|Township of East Orange
Happenings – Check to see what’s
happening at an Armory near you.
|30 Apr– 1 May
||Cherry Hill Armory
||Table Tennis Tournament
||Sunshine Foundation’s Operation
||West Trenton Armory
||West Orange Armory
||Computer Show & Sale
||Tool Show and Sale
||Mount Holly Armory
||Sports Cards & Comic Show
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.
11 a.m. -
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day ceremony at the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
1 p.m. -
Film presentation of the stage play, Home of the Brave, with discussion by
the director, Trish Kinney, and military consultant and /Vietnam Veteran,
Memorial Day Ceremony
Come out and support the troops.
Join us and show your
support for our Troops and honor our Veterans for their
to our Country. The Rotary
Club of Mullica Hill Area welcomes, Veterans, Active
Military and their families to enjoy an afternoon of
celebration, music, live entertainment, exhibits and
lunch, free of charge on 31 July 2004, from 3 p.m. – 7
p.m. at the Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds, Route
77, Mullica Hill, New Jersey. For additional information,
call Bernadette Blackstock at (856) 694-1933.
tickets for My Fair Lady available for State employees.
Theatre in Princeton is generously offering a
special discount to State employees. All tickets
performances of the classic Lerner and Loewe musical,
My Fair Lady, playing May 4 – June 27, can be purchased
for $15. If you are interested in obtaining discounted
tickets, please contact the Department of Personnel at
their website, http://www.state.nj.us/personnel, for
Book Sale is scheduled for next week.
NJ State Library will conduct its Spring 2004
Book Sale on 5-8 May 2004 on Level 2 of the NJ
185 W. State Street, Trenton, NJ. Sale hours are as follows:
Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday – 10
a.m. – 2 p.m. Please call 609-292-7441 for additional
Cemetery Administration – Nationwide
The Information Systems Service is pleased to announce
the launching of the web-based (Internet) Nationwide
Grave Locator (NGL) system on April 8, 2004. The NGL
has the ability to search some three million interment
records contained in the Burial Operations Support System
(BOSS) database (National and State Veterans cemeteries,
as well as Arlington National Cemetery), and provide
query results based on simple or advanced search criteria.
The database that supports the NGL will be updated on
a daily basis. The NGL is being widely publicized in
an effort to inform the general public of this highly
valued-searchable repository of interment data. Linkage
between the NGL and individual cemetery web pages has
also been established, which will provide an interested
party with specific information about the cemetery where
a veteran or other family member is interred. Please
visit the NGL site at http://www.cem.va.gov and then
click on the Nationwide Gravesite Locator link.
Today is Friday,
30 April 2004 and the 121st day of the year.
are 246 days left in the year. On this
* 1812 – Louisiana
admitted as the 18th U.S. state.
* 1889 – George Washington’s
inauguration became the first U.S. national holiday.
* 1931 – The George
Washington Bridge opened, linking New York City and
* 1945 – Adolf
Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. They had been
one day. One week
later Germany surrendered unconditionally.
* 1948 – The Organization
of American States held its first meeting in Bogota,
* 1970 – U. S.
troops invaded Cambodia to disrupt North Vietnamese
Army bases. The
announcement by U.S.
President Nixon led to widespread protests.
* 1975 – Communists
North Vietnamese troops entered the Independence Palace
of South Vietnam
in Saigon. The
11 Marines who lifted off of the U. S. Embassy were the
last soldiers to evacuate.
* 1980 – Terrorists
seized the Iranian Embassy in London.
* 1998 – NATO was expanded to include Poland,
Hungary, and the Czech Republic. The three nations were
formally admitted the following April at NATO’s
50th anniversary summit.
New $50 bill debuts next week.
$50 bill is getting colorized, the second of the nation’s
paper currencies to sport new hues beyond the traditional
black-ink fronts and green-ink backs.
The makeover, set for unveiling Monday, is part of an
effort to make U.S. bills harder to counterfeit. The
redesigned $50 is the same size and still features Ulysses
S. Grant on the front and the U. S. Capitol on the back.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing expects to print
76.8 million new $50s this year. The new bills should
start showing up in cash registers this fall.
Food Facts –
* The estimated number
of M & M’s
sold each day in the United States is 200,000,000.
* Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
* The only food that does not spoil is honey.
* Rice is the main food for half of the people of the
* Herring is the most widely eaten fish in the world.
* The five favorite U. S. school lunches nationwide,
according to the American School Food Service Association
are, in order, pizza, chicken nuggets, tacos, burritos,
* Spam stands for Shoulder Pork and hAM.
* There are reportedly
more than 1,750 “O’s” in
a 15-ounce can of SpaghettiOs.