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Past Events 2013

Last Reunion of Vietnam POW's, Sep 11, 2013

On May 24, 1973, President and First Lady Nixon hosted American Prisoners of War held captive in Vietnam for the largest dinner ever held at the White House.

40 years later, the Richard Nixon Foundation hosted what was perhaps their last reunion gathering. The following is a collection of television and print news coverage.

New Members Inducted at December Meeting, Dec 7, 2013

Six New Members take their obligation Dec. 7th, 2013 at the VFW in Brick, NJ.

June Capron (Associate) receiving her VAVS Pin for Volunteer Hours at VA Hospital.

Col Chris Patterson, USAF from Joint Base, MDL, speaking to the Gold Star Moms after the General Meeting.

Honor & Remember Flags Presented, June 21, 2013

Honor & Remember Flags being presented to the families of the fallen sponsored by the Point Pleasant Veterans Committee - Elks Lodge 1698.

The family of SSgt. William R. Neil, Jr.

The family of Sgt. Mark Paul Thompson.

The family of Lt. Christopher E. Mosko.

GSM's man a booth at the Nam Knights Car and Motorcycle Show, May 5, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Seaside Heights, Mar 9, 2013

Eleven Gold Star Moms and family members attended. It was a huge parade, the crowds looked like the second picture for a two mile stretch.

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Morristown, Mar 9, 2013

June Agusta, Pam Schwarz and Diane Fenton at the Morristown Parade.
Great scarves given to all that marched.

All the moms that marched at Morristown.

Freehold Borough Receives Honor and Remember Flag, Feb 19, 2013

Press Release

On Wednesday, February 19, 2013 American Legion Post 54 presented an Honor and Remember Flag to Mayor Nolan Higgins at the Freehold Borough Committee Meeting. The flying of this flag was authorized by Governor Chris Christie with the purpose to create, establish and promote a nationally recognized flag that would fly continuously as a visible
reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense or our national freedoms. All Military lives lost not only in action but also in service, from our nation's inception. In our over 200 year history there has never been an official national symbol that specifically recognized in gratitude and respect the ultimate sacrifice made by members of the United States military in service to our nation. The Honor and Remember Flag was created for that purpose.

For additional information on the activities of American Legion Post 54 please contact:

Jerry Ham, Adjutant
American Legion Post 54
62 West Main Street
Freehold, NJ 07728

Left to Right: Chaplain Tom Sheil, 1st Vice Cmdr Ken Pulchiopek NEC,
Commander James Schottman, Mayor Nolan Higgins, and Judge Advocate Bernie Weinstein. Photo by Adjutant Jerry Ham.

NJ Gold Star Mothers honored by Wreaths Across America, Dec 12, 2012

Wednesday, Dec. 12, was a crisp New Jersey day and the famous Wreathes Across America convoy rested at the Vietnam War Memorial in Holmdel before moving to its final destination at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery.

Their mission is furthering remembrance of our military heroes. Accordingly, 14 New Jersey Gold Star Mothers and their lost heroes were honored at a heart-warming ceremony at the center of the Vietnam War Memorial.

The ceremony was attended by the National Gold Star Mothers president, Mary Beyer, members of Gold Star Families from across the country who were traveling with the convoy, New Jersey Gold Star Mothers and their families, and numerous members of military and government organizations.

The WAA convoy continued with its mission Thursday, Dec. 13, with a stop at the great Battleship New Jersey and with another planned stop at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery Saturday, Dec. 15.

Complete info on the WAA program visit can be viewed at

Bond forged in heartbreak, Gold Star Mothers offer solace Oct 23, 2012

Diane Fenton says she was one of the more fortunate among the mothers who have seen their soldier sons and daughters march off to war and return in a coffin.

The Little Ferry, N.J., woman was able to hold her son's hand and hug him before he died.

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