BAYONNE, NJ - There is no doubting the contributions of Bayonne veterans to the U.S. military, and, by extension, the protection of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

These contributions, notably those of the Excellent 11, will be celebrated again on Saturday, October 12 as the Joyce-Herbert VFW Post 226, the oldest military veterans post in Bayonne, marks the centennial of its founding.

The Excellent 11: Neil Carroll, LTC. Isabella DeMarco, LTC. Dr. John “Jack” Smith, Congressman Cornelius Gallagher, Tony A. Goodson, Congressman Frank Guarini, John Nicaretta, Frank Perrucci, former Mayor Richard A. Rutkowski, Chief James “Jimmy” Sisk, and Chuck Wepner, are a noteworthy group of men and women that courageously and selflessly served their country and their community, event organizers said, the event being an opportunity to “show our gratitude by taking a few hours out of our busy lives to thank them for their noble efforts.”

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The Post was chartered by returning World War I veterans.

Support of the Centennial Gala, to be held at the Chandelier, will also protect the future of Bayonne’s recognition of military service with the proceeds going towards the support of the Joyce-Herbert Post 266 Veterans Museum. 

The Museum, located at 16-18 West 9th Street, has preserved and celebrated Bayonne’s local history since 2006 including by partnering with the Bayonne Board of Education’s Social Studies Department to educate thousands of school children about the city’s proud contributions to military service. 

For tickets, 50/50 raffles or journal ads, please call Post 226, 201-858-1416 and leave a message.


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