Ocean County Press Release
MEMORIAL DAY IS A TIME TO REFLECT ON THE SACRIFICES OF OUR VETERANS AND TO REMEMBER THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY
SEVENTY YEARS AGO on a foggy and damp June morning, American and Allied troops set foot on the Normandy beaches and took the first steps along Liberty Road towards Berlin.
As the 70th Anniversary of D-Day quickly approaches, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders asked residents to take a few moments on Memorial Day to remember those brave men who stormed ashore on June 6, 1944, along with all of the men and women who have given their lives in the name of freedom.
"Everyone wants to enjoy a three-day weekend and the start of the summer season, but I hope we will all take the time to honor both our veterans and those brave servicemen and women fighting for our freedom today," said Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau.
Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari said American volunteers remain on the front lines today, defending our nation against terrorists and rogue nations.
"Our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines remain in harm's way so that our families can be kept safe," Vicari said.
The Freeholders also asked residents to remember and honor the 13 Ocean County servicemen who gave their lives fighting in the War on Terror.
In the days leading up to Memorial Day, the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau and a small army of volunteers continued the long tradition of placing American Flags on the graves of veterans in all of the county's cemeteries.
"This tradition dates back to the 1920s and it's a fitting way to remember those who have given so much for their nation," Little said.
By Memorial Day weekend, more than 15,000 flags will have been placed on veterans' graves.
This year the volunteers were joined by members of the Toms River High School North Honor Society.
Little and Vicari visited the historic Riverside Cemetery in Toms River, where they placed several flags, including one on the grave of Samuel W. Brindley, Company D, 9th New Jersey Infantry, who was killed in World War I on April 25, 1918.
"We will never forget our veterans in Ocean County," Vicari said. "From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror, we honor them all."