Flags Unfurl at Bernards Township's 'Field of Honor' for Veterans

Credits: Linda Sadlouskos
U.S. Congressman Leonard Lance (R-Dist. 7) was among the officials at Sunday's Field of Honor dedication, along with members of Township Committee, and N.J. Sen. Jon Bramnick (R-Dist. 21), among others. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
The 125 flags for the annual Field of Honor at the Township Municipal Building will greet those who enter Town Hall or to visit the police station through Nov. 16. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Flags are flying at the Bernards Township Municipal Building, as well as on the Field of Honor nearby. Among attendees at Sunday's dedication were J. Michael Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer for Community Hope, which operates programs for homeless veterans at the Lyons Veterans Administration building in Basking Ridge; Stacia McDonough of Bedminster, who again has started collecting winter clothing for the veterans; Joe Bennett, the VFW district commander for Somerset County; and Carmine Deo, Chief Operating Officer for Community Hope.   Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Several members of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7858 attended Sunday's Field of Honor dedication at the Bernards Township Municipal Building. The post is based in Bernardsville but also includes members from Basking Ridge and elsewhere in the Somerset Hills. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
The flags on the green hill approaching the Bernards Township municipal building were furling and unfurling in a strong wind at Sunday's dedication. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
The Bernards Township Department of Parks and Recreation arranged this year's Field of Honor display. The flags that are part of the display will remain in place through Nov. 16. Donations to Community Hope, an organization that benefits veterans, are still being accepted. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - The annual Field of Honor display at the Bernards Township municipal building was officially dedicated at noon on Sunday, with 125 American flags unfurling on an exceptionally windy November day. Many state and township officials were present, as well as veterans, other members of the public, and U.S. Congressman Leonard Lance (R-Dist. 7). 

The display will remain up through Nov. 16, following Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Many of the flags were sponsored by members of the community in honor of specific veterans, The donations from those sponsors will be used to provide services for veterans through Community Hope's Hope for Veterans Programs at the Lyons Veterans Administration Campus in Bernards Township.

"We often get complacent about what our veterans have provided for us," J. Michael Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer for Community Hope, said during the dedication. He said the very act of choosing to assemble on Sunday was a right preserved by veterans.

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This year, for the first time, the display originally conceived of by the Bernards Township Beautification Committee was handled by the Bernards Township Departments of Parks and Recreation. Donations were made directly to Community Hope, and are still being accepted, said Jennifer Gander, director for parks and recreation. 

More information is on the Bernards Township website.

During the ceremony, Joseph Bennett, district commander of the Somerset County VFW, announced that the VFW post also was donating $1,500 to the homeless veterans program being operated by Community Hope. Bennett said the funds had been raised by the veterans' sale of poppies earlier this year.

Armstrong also reminded those present to vote in Tuesday's election. He said the right to vote is "a right that too many of us squander."


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