President: Judith Tapper
1st VP: Cindy Malmo
2nd VP: Amy Moore
Recording Sec: Cindy Malmo
Corres. Sec: Maureen Pagano
Treasurer: Cathy Hicks
Chaplin: Jackie Dixon
Parliamentarian: Joan Curtin
Flag Guard: Suzette DeTulio
Banner Guard: Pam Schwarz
Sgt. at Arms: Darlene Freeman
Community Service: Vicki Baker
Americanism: Amy Moore
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MAY/JUNE 2013 JERSEY JOTS
Well so much for the ground hog and his prediction
for Spring. Let’s hope now that the busy month of May is
coming up, the weather will be warm and wonderful. May
is Military Appreciation Month and there are events and
ceremonies throughout the entire month. Of course,
Memorial Day; but to all the families of the fallen,
every day is Memorial Day. Please consider attending any
ceremonies that may be close to your hometown. Our
presence is important and appreciated by all when we
There are quite a few events and I wanted to get this
out to you earlier so you can save the dates of those
you prefer to attend. Thank you and always look forward
to being together.
Remember, dedication is not what others expect of you,
dedication is what you can do for others.
Honor and Remember Flag
GREAT NEWS – OCTOBER 4TH, 2012 – HONOR AND REMEMBER
Today the Honor and Remember Flag - Bill A-2029 - was
unanimously passed on the Senate Floor. It was exciting
to see all green lights on the voting board.
It is now official. The Bill will be signed by
Governor Christie shortly. New Jersey has now joined 14
other states in support of their Gold Star Mothers and
Thanks to all those who supported us from the time it
was introduced Jan. 10, 2012 in Assembly, then referred
to Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs, May 24th
Passed by the Assembly, 75-0. May 31, 2012 Received by
the Senate, July 26th, 2012 to Senate Military and
Veterans Affairs, Aug. 20th, 2012, 2nd Reading in Senate
and finally Oct. 4, 2012, Posted: Senate and Passed!
- MAY 7, 2013 - NJ Vietnam Veterans
Remembrance Day Ceremony; 11:00 AM at the NJ Vietnam
Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel, NJ. Rain or Shine.
Helen Gurbisz will be there and we will be
presenting our Gold Star Mothers wreath.
- MAY 8, 2013 - Gold Star, Blue Star
Mothers Luncheon at the Hamilton & Ward Steakhouse
101 Ward Street, Paterson, NJ 07505, 12:00 to 2:00
PM. There is no cost for you and one companion to
attend this luncheon. RSVP by April 29th, 2013.
- MAY 11, 2013 - IMPRO FOR RON, Saturday,
May 11th, 7:30PM, $10.00 Admission at the Jack
Nicholson Theater, Manasquan High School to benefit
the Ron Kubik Memorial Scholarship. Mother is Eileen
Daly from the Bayshore Chapter.
- MAY 19, 2013 - Annual Convention Meeting
and Spring Family Picnic at the American Legion Post
228, 860 Highway 36, Leonardo, NJ 07737. Invitation
went out under separate cover. Please RSVP as
- MAY 23, 2013 - Honor Day at the Country
Club for Dinner. Invitations will be sent to you via
mail. RSVP date must be honored or will not be able
- MAY 25, 2013 - Annual Memorial Day
Ceremony, Saturday at the Brigadier General William
Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 350 Provinceline
Road, Wrightstown,NJ. The parade of NJ Veteran
organizations will pass in review at 10:30 and the
Memorial Service will begin at 11:00 AM. All members
invited and Judith Young brings the Gold Star
Mothers Wreath to present.
- MAY 26, 2013 - Memorial Service at the
Bible Baptist Church, 3:00 PM. This is a special
Service and the invitation went out in an email.
Please RSVP as requested to Pastor Dominick Cuozzo –
- MAY 24-27, 2013 - Join Rolling Thunder in
Washington D.C. for the weekend. Reservations may be
make at the Hyatt in Crystal City. Transportation to
the events are provided by Rolling Thunder from the
hotel. Friday night, Candlelight Vigil at the Wall,
Saturday night dinner at the Hyatt and to the
Pentagon on Sunday for the Annual demonstration.
Program at the Lincoln Memorial area. All
information is posted in the lobby of the hotel. The
27th, Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery (your
- MAY 25, 2013 - Marion Zilinski will be
the guest speaker at the Spirit of Princeton
Memorial Day Parade which will be on Saturday.
Ceremony at 11:00 AM. Everyone is welcome to
participate in the parade if you are available. 138
Nassau St. Princeton, NJ. Thank you.
- MAY 27, 2013 - Judi Tapper will be the
guest speaker in Ocean City, NJ. There is no parade,
just the Memorial Service at 11:00 AM. At the
Memorial Park at 6th Street. Plenty of parking
between 5th and 6th Streets.
- JUNE 2, 2013 - Matt Fenton Memorial 5K
Run/Walk, Sunday at 9:00 AM, Willow Lake Park, 95
Main Street, Little Ferry, NJ. Register at
- JUNE 8, 2013 - NJ Fallen Service Member
Tree Memorial Ceremony. Received invitations in the
mail. If you require more parking passes, contact
the Protocol Office, 973-724-7026. Begins at 9:00 AM
at Building 93 with a continental breakfast.
Dedication at 9:30 in the Lindner Conference Center.
Building 93. All information is in the packet you
- JUNE 15, 2013 - Saturday – Survivor
Outreach Services invites us to A Gold Star Family
Brunch. Bordentown Armory, 1048 US Highway 206
South, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM RSVP by June 6th, to
- JUNE 21-23, 2013 -
AMERICAN GOLD STAR MOTHERS, INC. NATIONAL CONVENTION.
All information is in the Gold Star Mother Magazine
issue). Please check it out and join us in Las
Vegas this year. You will have a great time.
- JUNE 30, 2013 - Hope & Possibility 5M,
Sunday, June 30th, Central Park, New York City.
Learn more, visit
www.louieslife.org or contact Enza Marciante at
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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