Hamilton Township Commemorates Armed Forces Day
(Front left to right): Hamilton Township Councilman David Kenny, Councilwoman Ileana Schirmer, Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly A. Yaede and LTC Joel L. Martin, Commander, 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery of the New Jersey Army National Guard observe the marching groups during Hamilton Township’s Armed Forces Day Ceremony.
On Saturday, May 18th, Hamilton Township and the Hamilton Township Patriotic Committee held their annual Armed Forces Day ceremony in Hamilton Township’s Veterans Park.
The ceremony included remarks from Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly A. Yaede and guest speaker LTC Joel L. Martin, Commander, 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery of the New Jersey Army National Guard.
In addition to musical performances from the Hamilton High School West Select Choir under the direction of Suzanne Proulx, a memorial wreath was laid in front of the M60A3 Main Battle Tank in remembrance of members of our Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. The official opening of the latest phase of the engraved brick walkway surrounding the M60A3 Main Battle Tank also took place.
Also participating in the ceremony were the Hamilton Township Council, the Ancient Order of Hibernians –Monsignor Crean Division #1 Pipe and Drum Band, the Hamilton Township Honor Guard, VFW Post #491 – Yardville, the New Jersey Submarine Veterans – South, Viet Nam Veterans United, the Marine Corps League, the Civil Air Patrol – Twin Pine Composite Squadron and Boy Scout Troop #91.
“While we all appreciate and owe an eternal debt of gratitude to our beloved veterans who have served our nation, Armed Forces Day is a special day in which we focus our thoughts on the brave men and women who continue to serve us as active members of the US Armed Forces,” said Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede reflecting upon the holiday that was first celebrated in 1950 to honor those serving in each of the five U.S. military branches following the consolidation of the military services under the U.S. Department of Defense.
In her remarks, Mayor Yaede mentioned sacrifices made by individuals like Hamiltonian Sgt. Todd Mooney, whom she recognized as one of Hamilton’s Hometown Heroes at her recent Mayor’s Ball. Mooney has provided 20 years of service in the U.S. Armed Forces, which includes 16 years of service in the Air National Guard and 4 years of active duty service. Late this month, he will once again deploy to serve our nation.
“Every day, somewhere in our world, a selfless hero like Sergeant Todd Mooney is sacrificing – so that each us here, today, can continue to possess freedom, liberty and our individual pursuits of happiness,” said Mayor Yaede. “Today, we thank our heroes, like Sergeant Mooney, and all of the other men and women who continue to protect us – allowing us to gather together in ceremonies like this. So when you see an active member of our Armed Forces, like him – join me is saying ‘Thank You’.”