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Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Communities across the United States honor those who have served in the military in various ways. And nobody is planning to celebrate its hometown heroes better than Bordentown. The Bordentown City Veterans Memorial Committee will hold a much anticipated Gala this November 17th at the Scottish Rite Hall, 103 Dunns Mill Road, Bordentown beginning at 6pm with cocktails, dinner & dancing at 7pm, and much, much more!
Gala Committee Chairs Stephanie Pecht and Esther Collom have worked tirelessly with their committee members to create a swinging dinner dance to raise funds for the restoration of the magnificent Veterans’ Memorial on Farnsworth Avenue. “We are pulling out all the stops,” says Pecht. “The evening will be black tie optional and catering will be by none other than Toscano’s. We are so pleased to be partnering with one of our community’s beloved restaurateurs. And that’s just the beginning. We will have both a live band and a DJ. Esteem Live Music will make sure the evening begins and stays on a high note. We will also sponsor a basket auction to keep things jumping. Three special veterans will be honoured as the highlight of our program. A Military Honor Guard from McGuire Air Force Base will also be on hand.”
The 2018 Honorees are Ret. US Army SSgt Vincent Walsh Sr., Ret. US Navy Chief Petty Officer Robert Adonizio and Ret. US Navy Chief Boatswains Mate Joseph Prokopetz dec.
The restoration of the Veterans’ Memorial has been in the planning stages for a while. “We saw that the structure was showing signs of wear and tear. Repairs were going to be needed and we wanted to act now before things became even more expensive,” says Pecht. “What better way to get the job done than to engage the entire community in the effort.”
Former mayor Bill Collom remembers the creation of the Memorial. “The town had had a World War II honor roll at the site on Farnsworth for years but by the 1990s, it had deteriorated. A group of local residents created a committee to look into repairs but the idea developed into designing a whole new memorial that would celebrate Bordentown’s participation in all the conflicts from the Revolutionary War forward. The Memorial we see today was dedicated on May 28, 2011.”
Collom stresses that the planning, design and construction of the Memorial was completed using no taxpayer monies. “It was and is a completely citizen driven undertaking. We did it all with donations and grants. It was no small undertaking to research the names of veterans back to 1776.”
After nearly eight years of wind and weather the “new” Memorial is also in need of restoration. “Our committee has been studying what is needed to keep the Memorial in tip-top shape, but we also realized that funding was going to be key,” says Pecht. “Our Gala committee has three goals: one, to honor our veterans and volunteers who serve our area; two, to galvanize the fundraising effort to preserve the Memorial; and three, to have FUN!” Tickets are $80 per person and can be purchased by contacting either Pecht or Collom. The Veterans Memorial is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Donations are tax deductible.
Call for tickets early as this promises to be one of the best parties in town. What better way to thank your hometown heroes and preserve their legacy of sacrifice and service.