MONTVILLE, NJ – Ten Lazar students and their teachers embarked on replacing the flags at the graves of the veterans in the Montville Township cemeteries on May 22. It was the 13th anniversary of the field trip with the students, members of the Montville Township Historical Society, and members of Montville’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5481.
The trip brought the students and teachers Richard Crescente and Michelle Trautman to the Pine Brook Cemetery on Hook Mountain Road and the Montville Reformed Church Cemetery on Church Lane to replace the flags.
VFW member Joe Quade had created a list of veterans’ grave information which the Montville Township Historical Society now maintains, with details regarding every veteran’s grave. Boy Scout Conor Reid created a database containing all the cemetery information as part of his Eagle Scout project in 2012.
The students who went on the trip are part of an advisory group at Lazar called Honor Our Veterans. An advisory group is similar to a club, but meets at a special time during the school day.
Aadit Nagar said he had joined the advisory group because he wanted to help out in the community.
Tolga Kose said, “It shows that we honor people who fought for our country, and exchanging the flags shows respect.”
“I wanted to give back to people who gave their lives,” said Wyatt Lang.
The students who participated in the field trip were: Chris Kolaritsch, Tolga Kose, Kevin Krase, Wyatt Lang, Colin Loftus, Justin Martin, Jake Martinez, Aadit Nagar, Aparna Narisetti and Cianna Olivo.
Across the township this week, flags were also exchanged on graves in the Pine Brook Jewish Cemetery by post member Chip Cutler, and Kathy Fisher and Cutler exchanged flags at the Seceder Cemetery at the corner of Changebridge and Cambray. Flags in the Whitehall Church Cemetery in Towaco were exchanged by the Lincoln Park American Legion.
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