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Montville VFW Salutes Rails for Luncheon  

Hjalmar Johannson, Gerry Gemian, Frank Klinger, Commander Charlie Ferry, Mike Mulligan, James Stathis, Carl DeBacco, Tom Mazzaccaro, Pat Leone Credits: Melissa Benno
Commander Ferry shows Mike Mulligan and James Stathis (back) the plaque Credits: Melissa Benno
The plaque Credits: Courtesy of Tom Mazzaccaro

MONTVILLE, NJ – Members of Montville Township Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5481 were back at Rails Steakhouse on Feb. 15, but this time it was not to eat, but to give thanks.

The post gathers at the end of each year for a holiday celebration, and held their 2016 event at the steakhouse. When it came time to pay the bill, however, it had been picked up by Towaco Crossing developer James Stathis and Director of Operations Mike Mulligan.

Mulligan told the group at the function, “You deserve a round of applause. When you came to inquire about the party, we had no hesitation to offer to give back in support of your sacrifices to this country as a thank you for your service. We wish we could give more.”

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About 30 members and loved ones came for the party, so TAPinto Montville staff photographed the vets in groups by the wars during which they served. (See the gallery here.)

These photographs were incorporated into a plaque which the veterans presented to Stathis, Mulligan, and staff members on Feb. 15, thanking them for their hospitality.

The plaque reads:

Members of VFW Post 5481 of Montville Township were the honored guests of the Rails Restaurant on December 13, 2016. The veterans, representing World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, are deeply thankful for the generous hospitality of Mr. Stathis and the Rails staff, Mr. Mike Mulligan and Ms. Pat Leone. It is heart-warming to know that honor and gratitude is very much alive and thriving within our community.

Post 5481 and the veterans represented in these photos salute Rails Restaurant for making its annual holiday event one of the most memorable ever.

The plaque is signed by Commander Charles Ferry, who said, “We would like to thank Mr. Stathis and the entire staff. The food and atmosphere were wonderful and we enjoyed ourselves very much.”

Mulligan said, “We will hang this plaque proudly.”

TAPinto Montville has profiled several of Montville’s veterans:

Hjalmar Johannson; Dave Marshall; Tom Mazzaccaro; Joe Quade; Frank Warholic

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