Each year, we are proud to see the tremendous outpouring of support from so many in our community on Memorial Day. This morning’s commemoration at World War II Veterans Memorial Park in Whiting to honor those who bravely gave everything while serving our Country was moving, as always.

During his keynote address, Mayor Rob Arace honored the many service members, including residents of Manchester Township, who gave all in service to our Country.

“May we cherish the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. May we be forever grateful for their courage and dedication. And may we strive to be worthy of their sacrifice as we work together to build a brighter future for all,” the Mayor said.

Joining Mayor Arace at the ceremony were Council President Roxanne Conniff, Vice President James Vaccaro, Councilmember Joseph Hankins, Councilmember Michele Zolezi, Councilmember Craig Wallis, and members of the Manchester Veterans Advisory Committee. The proceedings included patriotic musical performances, a martial arts demonstration, presentation of wreaths by local organizations, and the playing of “Taps” to close the program.

Thank you to Manchester Recreation for organizing this event each year, Public Works staff for set up support, and to all of the residents and civic groups that were in attendance.

We also thank all those who participated in the program, including the Manchester Police honor guard, Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, Ridgeway Vol. Fire Co. #1 Sta. 34, Whiting Fire Company Sta. 33, Manchester Division of Emergency Services, Veterans Advisory Committee Chairman Roger Grenier, Veterans Advisory Committee member Arthur M. Wright Jr., Rev. David Rittinger of Whiting Bible Church, the Singing Raconteurs, Manchester High School Marching Band, Manchester High School ROTC, Master Manny’s Kum Sung, and performers Marisiya Goins and Jurissa DeOcampo.

You all helped to make this Memorial Day commemoration a special community event for the many residents in attendance.