As part of this year’s ceremony, the Township will re-dedicate its war memorial, erected more than 50 years ago in honor of those killed during World War II and later expanded to include the conflicts in Vietnam and Korea, to pay tribute to three local men who gave their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
United States Army Lt. Col. John Spahr and Capt. Gregory Dalessio were killed in Iraq in 2005 and 2008, respectively; Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremy Kane died in Afghanistan in 2010. Special acknowledgement will be given to the families of these fallen heroes, as well.
The ceremony also includes recognition of veterans who passed away in 2012, and a musical tribute by the Cherry Hill Pine Barons Chorus.
Fort Dix Commander Col. Jeffrey Doll will deliver the keynote address. Veterans and active-duty military are encouraged to attend, and will be recognized during the program.
The ceremony is sponsored by the township in partnership with American Legion Post 372, Jewish War Veterans Furer-Barag-Wolf Post 126, and ShopRite Supermarkets of Cherry Hill. The event is rain or shine, and will be followed by a free barbecue lunch, courtesy of ShopRite.
For more information, members of the public can call the Recreation Department at (856) 488–7868.