This letter comes with sincere thanks to all who participated in honoring the men and women who lost their lives while defending our country’s freedom. The Township of Cranford has 86 residents who have given their life for our freedom, and I am proud to say, each and every one of these residents were recognized this year once again, as a flag with their names on a ribbon for each soldier stood proudly at the ceremony.

The Memorial Day Committee members: Master of Ceremonies Barbara Bilger, Mark Dingelstedt, Jerry Dobbins, Elizabeth Mathieu, Heinz Ricken, Chris Sands and Don Sweeney.

VFW Post #335: Commander Jay Boxwell, Grand Marshal Peter Klein, and all of the members of Cranford’s VFW Post #335.

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Volunteers of the Recreation & Parks Advisory Board:  Don Barone, Carolyn Capone-Pugliese, Marita Dow, Chairperson Martha Garcia and Wally Shackell.

Mayor and Township Committee: Mayor Tom Hannen, Deputy Mayor Pat Giblin, Commissioner Ann Dooley, Commissioner Mary O’Connor and Commissioner Andis Kalnins.

Clergy Council: specifically Reverend Andrew Kruger and Reverend Cameron Overbey

The Recreation and Parks Staff: Bill Babkowski, Lori Donnelly, Gerry Fedorchak and Patty Kozlowski.

Cranford Police Department, Cranford Fire Department, Cranford First Aid Squad Cranford Department of Public Works, Cranford Board of Education, TV 35, Green Thumb Garden Club of Cranford, Cranford Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts and many more.

An extended thanks for the efforts of many other individuals who participated and volunteered their time and energy which made our Memorial Day ceremony a success.

Stephen Robertazzi, RA, CPO
Director
Cranford Recreation & Parks
Swim Pool Utility