Veterans Day Observance Sun., 11-11-18 at 11 AM

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Oct 232018


Montgomery Township will hold a Veterans Day observance on Sunday November 11th at 11 AM at the Montgomery Veterans Memorial.  The Memorial is located next to the upper parking lot of Montgomery Veterans Park on Harlingen Road.

This year will again include special costumed civil war reenactors and field equipment.  This year they will also set up in encampments overnight Saturday. Visits from the public to the encampments are welcome from sunrise Sunday in the Park as well as after the end of ceremonies. There will also be a special appearance by President Abraham Lincoln.

After opening remarks by Mayor Christine Madrid, this year’s speakers will feature local veterans First Sgt. Chris Jaeger, US Army National Guard, and Captain Dimitra Bairaktaris, US Army, as well as U.S. Marine Mike Maloney, representing Rolling Thunder, which is a Veteran & MIA/POW support and awareness organization. Master of Ceremonies will be Peter Rayner, Navy veteran and Chairman of the Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee.

These speakers will be followed by four 6th grade students from Montgomery Lower Middle School reading their selected “Letters to Veterans.” Over 100 letters were written by Montgomery students.

The observance kicks off at 11 AM with a procession from Devon & Harlingen to the Memorial, which includes the Montgomery High School Marching Band and first responders. (Arrive before 10:45 AM. Police will close this section of road in both directions.) The procession will be followed by a presentation of the colors, the national anthem, an invocation by Rabbi Jacob Adler, and speeches. Musical selections by the Montgomery High School Marching Band, ending with a playing of “Taps”.

Parking is also available at the lower parking lot of the park, a short walk away for the able-bodied who wish to save spaces for the handicapped next to the Memorial. Please join us for this free, family friendly event!

The tentative schedule is as follows:

From Sunrise: Public is welcome to visit Reenactor Encampments

11:00 am. – Parade Steps Off – Ceremony Begins

Presentation of Colors  (Scouts)

National Anthem

Invocation – Rabbi Jacob Best Adler

Opening Remarks  –  Mayor Christine Madrid

Recognition of Veterans Present – (Scouts)

Remarks by Veterans

            First Sgt. Chris Jaeger,  US Army National Guard

            Captain Dimitra Bairaktaris, US Army

Reading of Letters by Montgomery Middle School Students

Rolling Thunder – Mike Maloney, MVM

Musical Selections –  MHS Marching Band

Remarks – Pete Rayner, MVM

Moment of Silence


Retire Colors  (Scouts)

End of Ceremony.  Music by MHS Marching Band


INFO ON PRINCETON ELKS LUNCH FOR VETERANS 11-11-18 from 12-2 PM, Reservations Recommended

2017 Veterans Day Procession & Observance Photos


Wreaths Across America 12/12/18

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Oct 222018

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, NJ – As part of its journey to Washington D.C., the national Wreaths Across America (WAA) convoy will be in Montgomery Township on Wednesday, December 12th and make a scheduled stop at Montgomery High School.

With the help of thousands of volunteers, WAA works to fulfill its mission of remembering, honoring and teaching through the annual laying of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. The wreaths’ journey to Arlington has become a tradition in itself, allowing locals along the route to share in the emotional and educational experience as the WAA convoy passes through towns.

WAA will begin its trip to Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, December 8th, in Washington County, Maine, and will travel down the east coast. The convoy is scheduled to arrive in Arlington on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, December 15th, where it will be met by thousands of volunteers who will place a wreath for the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country, ensuring no one is forgotten.

The ceremony at Montgomery High School (, located at 1016 Route 601, Skillman, NJ, is set to begin on the 12th at approximately 3:45pm. Following the ceremony the convoy will travel to its next stop in New Jersey on its way to Delaware.

Escort participants include American Gold Star Mothers, Blue Star Families, Gold Star Wives of America, veterans and the Wreaths Across America extended family. Members of the Patriot Guard Riders, Patriot Riders of America and Rolling Thunder will flank the escort along with law enforcement from Maine to ensure safe transport for all participants throughout the week.

Each year, millions of Americans come together in local and national cemeteries in order to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those that serve and their families, and TEACH the next generation about the value of freedom. A new theme is chosen every year to help supporters focus their messaging and outreach in their own communities.

In February, the national nonprofit announced the theme for 2018 as “Be their witness.

The inspiration for this year’s theme stems from the 2009 drama “Taking Chance,” which was based on the experiences of U.S. Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl, who escorted the body of a fallen Marine, PFC Chance Phelps back to his hometown in Wyoming from the Iraq War.

For more information on Wreaths Across America, please visit

See related post, Flags for Heroes, on how you can honor your hero by sponsoring a flag to be displayed from December 5-15th* along Route 601, in front of Montgomery High School. The flag display will honor our local heroes, and will serve as a spectacular welcome for Wreaths Across America as they arrive on December 12th.


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Pledge Now

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Mar 242011

The Montgomery Veterans Memorial is a recognized charity under the provisions of Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.  We have established a Dedicated Trust for the Montgomery Veterans Memorial.  The Trust is administered by Montgomery Township, and is for the exclusive benefit of our Veterans Memorial.  The Trust can accept bequests, legacies, and gifts, and the funds may not be used for any purpose other than to support the Montgomery Veterans Memorial.  All donations to the Montgomery Veterans Memorial are placed in the Dedicated Trust and are considered contributions to a recognized charity under the provisions of Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

If you wish to MAKE A CONTRIBUTION, please make your check payable to “Montgomery Veterans Memorial” and send it to:

Michael Pitts, Chief Financial Officer
Montgomery Township Municipal Building
2261 Route 206
Belle Mead, NJ 08502

Thank you!