FANWOOD, NJ -- Beginning Monday, Nov. 4, Fanwood's Warrior Week will host a series of events dedicated to military experiences and veteran celebration. 

Warrior Week includes a series of events in Fanwood culminating with the Veterans Recognition Committee (RVC) "Salute to Veterans BBQ" in Scotch Plains. One hundred percent of the profits go to the RVC and to veterans' events held throughout the year. 

The Veterans Recognition Committee (VRC) of Scotch Plains and Fanwood has honored local vets on Memorial Day and Veterans Day and implemented the popular Hometown Heroes banners program in both towns.

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“At first, it started out as a simple idea; getting the community involved and teaching more about veteran experiences,” said Oshanda Erb, a Fanwood resident and VRC representative who spearheaded the first week-long event for the Borough. ”Then, it generated a buzz. Why not have the community be a part of veteran experiences, understand what it means to be a veteran and what does it mean to be in support of our veteran community? That’s when the magic happened.”

“Oshanda has been a longtime Fanwood resident and we are extremely thankful to her for working so hard to put this event together,” said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr. “What better way to show that camaraderie throughout the town than to celebrate our veterans and honor their service and commitment? We are so excited to kick off Warrior Week!”

Reading Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood
Mon, Nov. 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm, Fanwood Memorial Library
Fanwood Memorial Library will host its first Warrior Week reading about veterans and their interaction in our community.  Scotch Plains and Fanwood families are all welcome to participate and learn more about the importance of veterans in our neighborhood.  There will be a very special guest speaker in attendance.  Show up early, this event will fill up fast!

Recognizing Women Veterans
Thurs, Nov. 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm, Railside Cafe
Warrior Week will honor women veterans at Railside Café. Join Mayor Mahr and celebrate the long history of  women in the military and their important contributions throughout military history. Enjoy complimentary food and refreshments. Click here to register!

Warrior Week Cadence Run
Sat, Nov. 9, 2019 @ 7:00 am, Forest Road Park
The military is famously known for their cadence runs.  There is no better show of camaraderie and teamwork than chanting songs during a group run.  Sign up individually or as a team.  Feel free to run your own group and self-made cadences!!  The run will start with stretching at Forest Road Park and run approx. 30 min chanting songs.  The sign-up cost for pre-registration is $25 and includes a Warrior Week t-shirt.  Day of is $30 with no t-shirt guarantee. Click here to sign up before November 1!

Paint and Sip with Creative Scene Brooklyn
Sat, Nov. 2019 @ 7:00 pm, Forest Road Park
Warrior Week will host a Paint and Sip at Forest Road Park.  Creative Scene will paint an iconic landmark that represents our military and first responder family. This event will fill quickly, so click here to sign up before Nov. 1.

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