Haddonfield American Legion honors veterans for Veterans Day

Members of Haddonfield American Legion Post 38 and other local veterans and service members are invited to participate in the 20th Annual Veterans Day Program at the Haddonfield Middle School on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. A special feature this year will be the guest speaker, Betty Schopp, a World War II veteran. Betty served in the women’s branch of the United States Navy known as the WAVES, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.

The Nov. 3 program will begin in the auditorium and include the Pledge of Allegiance; the “Star Spangled Banner”, introduction of veterans and other guests; remarks by Middle School Principal Dennis Morolda, teacher Travis Thomas, and Post 38 Commander Jeff Bowman; Betty Schopp’s presentation; and “Taps.” Following the auditorium portion, there will be a luncheon for veterans and others in the library. After lunch, the veterans will visit the seventh and eighth grade classrooms for informal discussions with the students.

If you plan to attend, and/or have any questions, please call Jim McCullough at (856) 429–4421.

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Haddonfield American Legion Post 38 will conduct its annual Veterans Day Service in the Haddonfield Memorial High School Auditorium on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11. The service will begin promptly at 11 a.m. and will last approximately 45 minutes.

Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor those who have served honorably in the military, during times of war and peace. Haddonfield American Legion Post 38 invites all local citizens and all veterans, soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, whether serving on active duty, the National Guard or the Reserves, or having served our country in the past, to attend this service.

Thanks to the support of the Superintendent Dr. Rich Perry and the Haddonfield Memorial High School Principal Chuck Klaus, Post 38 has been able to move the Veterans Day Service from the War Memorial to the HMHS Auditorium because of the past experiences with inclement weather and the possibility of having HMHS students attend the service. This year, however, HMHS will not be in session because of the NJEA Convention. Nonetheless, Post 38 urges our young people and their family to take an hour out of their schedule to honor our veterans on their special day.

The program will include an opening prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, a POW-MIA Flag Ceremony, the “Star-Spangled Banner,” short readings by selected Post officers and remarks by Post 38 Commander Jeff Bowman and Mayor Jeff Kasko.

Haddonfield Memorial High School is located at 401 Kings Highway East. Visitors should proceed through the main entrance and through the courtyard to the double doors and then up the stairs to the auditorium. For those who can’t use the stairs, there will be signs directing them to the elevator. Questions, please call Tom Baird, Past Post 38 Commander at (609) 923–1442.