Middletown Honors Veterans With Dedications and Parade
Scores of Middletown residents and elected officials, including our Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, Deputy Mayor Stephanie Murray, and Township Committeemen Tony Fiore and Kevin Settembrino came out to pay tribute to our local veterans last weekend.
On Saturday, the Middletown Veterans Affairs Committee held two beautiful dedications: The Fallen Veterans Compton Street Sign Dedication honoring World War I soldier and Belford resident, Harold M. Compton, and the rededication of the Township's newly-restored WWI Doughboy Monument on Church Street in Belford.
Westminster Presbyterian Church also held its annual moving Field of Flags ceremony. The field of flags contains 6,939 American flags in honor of the members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan in the Global War on Terrorism.
On Sunday, VFW Post 2179 and the Township held the 60th Annual Veterans Day Parade followed by a wonderful "Thank a Veteran" lunch at the VFW. Despite the gray skies, the greatness of Middletown shined as we showed respect and gratitude to all of our veterans. Everyone enjoyed interacting with the veterans at the display tables and writing encouraging notes on the "Message to a Veteran" graffiti wall. Many thanks to the high school bands, Scout troops, and veterans organizations that participated in the ceremonies and celebrations.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VETERANS!
Click on the photos below for additional pictures from the various events that honored our veterans.