Continuing a proud annual tradition in Manchester Township, our local United States service members were honored during a moving Veterans Day ceremony at the Municipal Complex on November 11, 2016.

During his keynote address, Mayor Kenneth Palmer recognized the enormous sacrifices our Veterans and their families make to protect the freedoms all Americans enjoy. He touched upon the upcoming peaceful transition to a new United States President, which is proud tradition that endures because of service members fighting to protect cherished American ideals.

“That tradition, that honor, that incredible show of democracy is true still today thanks to the Veterans and their families,” Mayor Palmer said. Bert Kaye, chairman of Manchester Township’s Veterans Advisory Committee, offered opening remarks and, along with Mayor Palmer, presented commemorative pins to the many Veterans in attendance

It was a moving morning of remembrances featuring performances from The Singing Raconteurs, as well as a memorable rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by singer Cassidy Gobel. Bagpiper John Giblin provided music as the Manchester Township Police Department Honor Guard performed the Presentation of Colors. Police Chaplain Robert Clark offered the Invocation and Benediction, and Veterans in attendance were honored with plaques commemorating their decorated service to our country, courtesy of Oliverie Funeral Home

On behalf of Mayor Palmer and the Township Council, thank you to everyone who attended and participated in creating such a memorable ceremony honoring our Veterans. A special thank you goes to the Manchester Department of Recreation and our Veterans Advisory Committee for organizing this annual tradition.