Around Town With Mayor Palmer
An annual tradition in Manchester Township, our local United States service members were honored during a moving Veterans Day ceremony at the Municipal Complex on November 11, 2015.
Mayor Kenneth Palmer delivered the keynote address, during which he recognized the enormous sacrifices our Veterans and their families make. “Our soldiers do this because they love our country they left behind to fight for, and that’s something we always have to remember,” Mayor Palmer said. Bert Kaye, chairman of Manchester Township’s Veterans Advisory Committee, offered opening remarks and presented commemorative pins to the many Veterans in attendance.
It was a moving morning of remembrances, which featured performances from the Manchester Middle School band and The Singing Raconteurs, as well as a memorable rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by singer Cassidy Gobel. The NJROTC Manchester High School presented a Rifle Exhibition, and bagpiper John Giblin performed as the Manchester Township Police Honor Guard did the Presentation of Colors. Chabad of Toms River Rabbi Moshe Gourarie offered the Invocation and Benediction.
Veterans in attendance were honored with plaques commemorating their decorated service to our country, courtesy of Oliverie Funeral Home. Linda Bleeke’s students from Manchester Middle School presented a quilt they made which will be delivered to Stephen Chapman, a Veteran from Manchester who was permanently disabled while serving our country.
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in creating such a memorable ceremony honoring our Veterans. A special thank you goes to Manchester Recreation and our Veterans Advisory Committee for organizing this annual tradition.
The Manchester Township Police and Mayor Kenneth Palmer were honored to accept an American Flag presented by United States Army Spc. Robert Korzon, a Toms River resident proudly serving his country. The flag was flown over Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, where Spc. Korzon serves with the Military Police in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Flown for 9 minutes, 11 seconds, the flag is a symbolic remembrance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Mayor Palmer was joined by Capt. Todd Malland and Lt. James Sharkey on Sept. 23, 2015, to greet Spc. Korzon in his office and accept the gift.
“I am extremely honored that in the midst of serving our country in Operation Enduring Freedom, Spc. Korzon felt compelled to present the Manchester Township Police Department with an American Flag that flew over our base in Guantanamo Bay because our Police Department far exceeds the benchmark of excellence,” said Mayor Palmer. “Spc. Korzon makes me proud to be an American and our police make me proud to live in Manchester Township.”
September is “National Hunger Action Month,” a time when organizations and businesses are doing their part to help fight hunger in the community. In addition to raising awareness within the community, ShopRite cashiers also collected donations throughout the day to help support our local food banks.