Continuing a proud annual tradition in Manchester Township, our hometown United States Service Members were honored during a moving Veterans Day ceremony at Town Hall on November 11, 2021.

The enormous sacrifices our Veterans and their families make was honored during Mayor Robert Hudak’s keynote address. The Mayor also highlighted the bravery of our Veterans and their willingness to stand up for their country during trying times. “In a world where we hear a lot of talk, our Veterans took action,” Mayor Hudak said. “Now, it’s our duty to ensure our Veterans receive the support and care they need. We must do our part for our Veterans. Let us do something every day to thank them.”

Other elected officials attending the ceremony were Township Council Vice President Joan Brush, Councilman Sam Fusaro, Councilman James Vaccaro, and Councilwoman Michelle Zolezi.

Roger P. Grenier, chairman of Manchester Township’s Veterans Advisory Committee, offered opening remarks and presented pins to those Veterans in attendance. Arthur M. Wright Jr., Veterans Advisory Committee Commander, Whiting American Legion Post 502 also addressed the audience, focusing on the sacrifices families make in support of Service Members.

It was a moving morning of remembrances featuring performances from Cassidy Gobel, singing the “National Anthem” and “America the Beautiful.” Bagpiper John Giblin provided music as the Manchester Township Police Honor Guard performed the Presentation of Colors.

Rev. Robert Clark, Manchester Police Department Chaplain, offered the Invocation and Benediction. Veterans in attendance were honored with plaques commemorating their decorated service presented by Geri Oliverie Hennicke of Oliverie Funeral Home.

On behalf of Mayor Hudak and the Township Council, thank you to everyone who attended and participated in creating such a memorable ceremony honoring our Veterans. This annual tradition holds significant meaning to all of our local Veterans, as well as our Manchester community that gathers to honor their service.

A very special thank you goes to Manchester Recreation and our Veterans Advisory Committee for organizing this annual tradition, and to Buildings and Grounds for staging the event. Additionally, thank you to the Manchester Police, Manchester Division of Emergency Services, Whiting Volunteer Fire Company, Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company, and Manchester Volunteer Fire Company for attending and supporting our Veterans.