East Brunswick Honors Veterans, Raises Community Spirit

Mayor Cohen presents the official street sign to Joe Marchese, honored World War II veteran who was celebrated at the township's Veterans' Day event. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
The EB Dept of Parks and Recreation oversaw the well-attended event. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Kathy Spadafino and the East Brunswick Community Chorus lifted spirits with patriotic tunes. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Bagpiper John O'Keefe led the color guard of flags carried by the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of East Brunswick. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
The East Brunswick Fire Department presided over the wreath ceremony. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Always willing to support the vets Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Mayor Brad Cohen and the chorus begin the ceremony Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
World War II veterans were honored. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer of Temple B'Nai Shalom gave the benediction Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
All smiles an honors for East Brunswick Vets Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Ira Roth, Paul Deutsch, and Irwin Steinlight presented the 2017 World Peace wreath Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Tom D' Amico of the St. Bartholomew's Knights of Columbus joins Joe Marchese and family Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
3 Purple Heart recipients attended the event Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Future patriots Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
An East Brunswick street sign will honor veteran Joseph Marchese this month near the Municipal Center. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
4 Generations of Marcheses celebrate heroism Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick's Veterans Day Observance last night was attended by approximately 250 residents who came to acknowledge the service of past and present heroes.  T

here were Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, EMS workers, firefighters, police officers and political officials in attendance; however, they were greatly outnumbered by the residents who came to honor America's servicemen and women.

Following the entrance of township administrators, Assemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin, and a performance by the East Brunswick Community Chorus, Chaplain John Marmion of VFW Post #133 opened the session with a request for support and unity for those who serve.  Mayor Brad Cohen welcomed guests and discussed ways in which each person present was somehow connected to the military service of others.  He described his experience working as a young doctor in a veterans' hospital as an eye-opening, compassion-driven opportunity for growth.

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Peter Zinchuk and John Chunco, of AMVETS Post #34 then presented the township's Veterans Day wreath.  Gold Star Parents Christine and William Koch, parents of CPL Stephen R. Koch who was killed in action in 2008, presented the Afghanistan/Iraq War Wreath.  They were followed by Ira Roth of JWV Post #311 and Paul Deutsch and Irwin Steinlight of the Vietnam Veterans of America who presented the World Peace Wreath.

Cohen read a proclamation and presented a street sign to World War II veteran Joseph Marchese, 63-year resident of East Brunswick, for his distinguished service on D-Day, the invasion of France that took place beginning on June 6, 1944.  Marchese was proudly joined by his wife and many members of his family at the event.

The event concluded with some closing comments by the mayor and a thoughtful benediction by Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer of Temple B'Nai Shalom.

The mood of the evening was elevated by communal song and good spirits shared by those in attendance.

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