BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - When bad weather led to the cancelation of the Memorial Day Parade, the ceremonies were moved to Town Hall. What many may not have realized was the proceedings were recorded.
The first order of business for the Township Committee on Tuesday, June 13, was the presentation of a copy of the DVD to VFW Post 6259 Post Adjutant Steve Falk. He was flanked by members of the Friends of 6259, including, from left, Tom Barton, Dennis Ryan, Dr. Don DeFabio, Falk, Gay Hollowell and Nick Schiavo.
Schiavo, the former head of the Communications Committee, said, “We thank you and everyone else at the VFW,” and presented the DVD to Falk.
While there is an abbreviated version of the video on TAPinto and the library site, the DVD contained the entire ceremony. “We want everyone to understand and take a moment and reflect on our Hometown Heroes, it’s very important. That’s what this town is about. If we all take a walk down Springfield Avenue, we will see that, thanks to Gay and Denis and everybody for their work,” said Schiavo.
Hollowell called the Hometown Heroes program very special. It allowed us the opportunity to thank those who have not been thanked before, to be the recognized heroes that they are.” It also give the families of those who have died “the opportunity to celebrate their life, service and dedication to the community, she concluded.
Mayor Robert Woodruff emphasized, “This was accomplished, in large part, by volunteers … That’s really what this town is.”