rap # 74 05/18/12
MEMORIAL DAY A TIME TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES FOR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY
MEMORIAL DAY ushers in the start of the summer season, but it is also a day to remember those brave men and women who
have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom.
"Everyone wants to enjoy a three-day weekend, but I hope our residents will take the time to honor both our fallen veterans
and those brave servicemen and women now defending our nation overseas," said Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little.
The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau have also continued a
nearly 90-year-old tradition this month.
With the help of a small army of volunteers, nearly 15,000 American Flags will be placed on the graves of veterans in all
of the county’s cemeteries.
"We’ve been doing this since the 1920s and it’s a fitting way to remember those who have given so much for their
nation," Little said "Anyone who visits a cemetery this weekend and sees a flag will know a brave man or woman lies in that
The past year has also seen three more Ocean County residents killed in the line of duty.
Army Sgt. James W. Harvey II of Toms River, Marine Corporal Nicholas S. Ott of Manchester and Army Sgt. John A.
Lyons of Seaside Park were added to the county’s Hero’s Memorial after losing their lives in the War on Terror.
To date, 12 county residents have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"These men exemplify all that is honorable about our veterans," Little said. "Their service and sacrifice was great, but
they asked for little in return. On this Memorial Day, I ask that we pay tribute to them and all of our fallen heroes."
Freeholder Deputy Director John C. Bartlett Jr. encouraged residents to attend one of the many ceremonies or
parades slated for the holiday weekend.
The annual Toms River Memorial Day Parade begins at 9 am on Monday May 28 on Main Street and marches south to
Washington Street and Town Hall.
A listing of local parades and other weekend event can be found at www.oceancountytourism/events.com.
"Between the barbecues, the picnics and the trips to the beach, let us all remember the true meaning of Memorial
Day," Bartlett said.