President: Judith Tapper
1st VP: Amy Moore
2nd VP: Pam Schwarz
Recording Sec: Cindy Malmo
Corres. Sec: Maureen Pagano
Treasurer: Cathy Hicks
Chaplin: Jackie Dixon
Parliamentarian: Joan Curtin
Flag Guard: Eileen Daly
Banner Guard: Laura Iorio
Sgt. at Arms: Darlene Freeman
Community Service: Jackie Dixon
Americanism: Cindy Malmo
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MARCH/APRIL 2014 JERSEY JOTS
Now that the ground hog did see his Shadow on
February 2, I am sure you are all looking forward to the
end of snow, ice and cold weather. I know I am!!! I also
look forward to daylight saving time which starts on
The “not so busy” months of January and February are
soon behind us and the upcoming events are posted below
for the months of March and April. Please mark your
calendars and hope you will consider attending them.
The Dept. of NJ supports the Arkansas Run for the
Fallen and wishes Bubba Beason, event planner, on his
3rd annual event. Bubba has done so much to support the
NJ Gold Star Families when he was stationed at the Joint
Base MDL. Thank you Bubba and Good Luck for another
successful Run to all those who help.
The Beef & Beer that was held for the NJRFTF on Feb.
8th at the Bayview, Wildwood Crest was a huge success.
Thank you to Eileen Kreis and all those who attended.
Remember, dedication is not what others expect of you,
dedication is what you can do for others.
- March 8, 2014 - Seaside Heights Annual
St. Patrick’s Day Parade. I will be on vacation and
I did request someone else to coordinate this. No
one volunteered so therefore no forms were filled
out for our organizations participation. Thank you.
- March 22, 2014 - Under separate email,
you received an invitation for the Gathering at
Helen Phillips home. A Pot Luck luncheon for the
Blue Stars and Gold Stars. Thank you Helen for your
continuing support. If you are attending, please
RSVP to Helen at 732-796-5950. The social starts at
2:00 PM. Wear your green for St. Patrick’s Day.
- MAY 3, 2014 - Save the Date for The
Candle Light Vigil hosted by Rolling Thunder Chapter
2 at The Toms River Armory 7:00 PM to 10 PM.
Invitations will be under separate cover for your
RSVP. Thank you.
- MAY 3, 2014 - Beef & Beer at the VFW in
Brick to benefit the NJ Run for the Fallen. This is
also posted on Facebook with all the details. More
information to follow.
- May tbd, 2014 - The Dept. of NJ once
again will be supporting the 6th Fishing Tournament
hosted by Marines Helping Marines in May of 2014.
Last Reunion of Vietnam POW's,
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
New Members Inducted at December Meeting, Dec 7,
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,
The family of Sgt. Mark Paul Thompson.
The family of Lt. Christopher E.
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
Great scarves given to all that marched.
All the moms that marched at
Freehold Borough Receives Honor and Remember Flag,
Feb 19, 2013
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
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
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
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,
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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