SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Township of South Brunswick held their annual Veteran’s Day celebration at the Municipal Complex to honor those in the community who have served their country. The event featured a salute to the local veterans with accompaniment from the South Brunswick High School marching band and colorguard. In attendance was South Brunswick Mayor Charles Carley, Deputy Mayor Joseph Camarota, 16th district Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and several members of the South Brunswick Board of Education.
The event was hosted by Veterans from Lt John Farnkopf American Legion Post 401 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9111. Service members placed commemorative reefs in the complex to honor South Brunswick natives who lost their lives in active combat.
Camarota said that South Brunswick has always supported veterans and the groups that are there to lobby for their best interests, such as the VFW and American Legion.
“We are constantly working with them to bring some of the issues that veterans face to Washington D.C. Issues like mental health and the VA.” Camarota said “So South Brunswick stands proudly with these groups in order to get the best care possible for our veterans. We also celebrate every veteran’s day to remind the community that these brave men and women live in your neighborhood and put their lives on the line for us.”
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, who was re-elected this past Tuesday, spoke about his family’s military service in his speech. His father and two other members of his extended family fought in WWII. Today, there are still more than 30,000 WWII veterans and more than 400,000 total veterans living in NJ.
“We owe them not simply our thanks for their service, but our deepest gratitude to our veterans and their families for the sacrifices they made on behalf of our country,” Zwicker said in a statement. “Not just today, on Veterans Day, but every day, we have an obligation to ensure that essential services are readily available and that we never forget the value of all those who have fought for our freedom.”
Bob Kelly is the commander of the VFW Post 9111 who spoke at the event, he was in the US Navy and was active for four years. According to him there is about 130 members in the post which the VFW supports and helps. The VFW put a ramp in the house of a veteran who lost a leg and help veterans obtain jobs and mental health care. The VFW does multiple annual events, such as a yearly golf outing, in order to raise money or give out prizes for veterans.
“The best way to honor our veterans is to take an active part in maintaining freedom in America. We must teach future generations about what it means to be an American. We must volunteer in our communities, take care of veterans and their families, vote in elections and continue to try to make America the very best that it can be,” Kelly said during his speech.