Raritan Hosts Annual Basilone Parade to Honor Marine Hero

September 24, 2017

RARITAN, NJ - The borough held the 36th annual John Basilone Memorial Parade down Somerset Street Sunday, featuring grand marshall Herb Patullo; Marines and other veterans; members of Basilone's family; first responders; scouts and many more.

Basilone, who was born and grew up in Raritan, was awarded the US Medal of Honor for his heroics on Guadalcanal, and the Naval Cross ...

Rolling Thunder Stands Up to Honor 86,000 Comrades Listed as MIAs/POWs

HOLMDEL, NJ - POW - MIA is an acronym for Prisoners of War and Missing in Action, but there are those who do not recognize it or understand its significance.

Behind the acronym are the the 86,000 men and women who never came home from the battlefields. There are men and women who carry that flag to this day who are here to help educate and inform - members of Rolling Thunder. 

Hundreds ...

Somerset County Dedicates Veterans Park

RARITAN, NJ – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Sept. 12 at the new Veterans Park on West Somerset Street.

Veterans and members of the Basilone Parade Committee were in attendance along with state, county and municipal officials. The park is located adjacent to the statue of World War II hero John Basilone.

“This park is dedicated to all Somerset County veterans, from all ...

Lance Introduces Veterans Health Care Freedom Act Legislation to Relax 40-Mile Rule

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) has introduced the Veterans Health Care Freedom Act in the House of Representatives to do away with the ‘40-mile rule’ determining eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program.

The ‘40 mile rule’ allows veterans who live greater than 40 miles from a V.A. care facility to seek private care outside of the V.A. system.  ...

Hillsborough Honors Purple Heart Recipients

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Mayor Carl Suraci and members of the Township Committee gathered at the municipal building Monday evening to honor dozens of true American heroes from Somerset County, those combat veterans who were wounded in battle while serving their country.

Aug. 7 marked the 235th anniversary of the Medal of Merit, the forerunner of the Purple Heart.

MOPH Somerset County ...

Volunteers Needed to Assemble Care Packages for US Troops Overseas


BRIDGEWATER, NJ  - Volunteers are needed to assemble personal care packages that will be shipped to US troops deployed around the world on Saturday, July 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark.

The Somerset Patriots and Operation Shoebox New Jersey will host the event; members of the Patriots are expected to help out packing boxes.

Volunteers will form an assembly line and ...

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