MONTVILLE, NJ – Even though large gatherings cannot occur, the Montville Township VFW Post 5481 was not going to let Memorial Day go by unmarked. Members gathered outside the post on Thursday to commemorate the day.
Post Commander Ken Hanzl said that Memorial Day is designed to honor all veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Color guard members Dominick D’Andrea, Joe Coll and Jeff Jones raised and subsequently lowered the flag to half mast, placed wreaths at the memorials at the post for the fallen soldiers of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and performed a rifle salute. They also played “Taps.”
Hanzl said the normal, formal ceremony had been planned, but of course could not take place because of the governor’s orders.
“We had planned our 50th anniversary celebration for April, but of course we had to cancel that as well,” he said. “Well, we’ll have it next year. We all need to stay healthy.”
See the full ceremony here:
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