HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — In 2013, the Township Committee established the Township of Hamilton Honors and Remembers its Veterans program to honor local active and retired service members. To date, more than two dozen local veterans have received that recognition.
At the annual Veterans Day ceremony held Friday, Nov. 10, in Memorial Park in Mays Landing, World War I veteran Angelo Marconi was recognized for his service to our country.
Marconi was born in Italy in 1896 and emigrated to the United States in 1911. He enlisted in the Army as a private in 1917 and was honorably discharged in 1918 after serving in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater.
Following the war, he owned and operated a shoe-repair shop in Mays Landing. He was an active member of American Legion Post 254 for more than 60 years and served as post commander for 43 terms.
He died in 1984 and is buried in Union Cemetery on Somers Point-Mays Landing Road. Marconi will be enshrined on the Wall of Honor in Township Hall, a project undertaken by Eagle Scout candidate Jonathan Rider last year.
The keynote address was given by Master Chief Patrick Murphy, USAF Ret. Murphy told the audience he has spoken to many veterans who had not served in combat or been injured and felt guilty when they were thanked for their service.
“They are not only thanking you individually, but all of those who had served,” he said. “You should accept that gratitude on behalf of all your fellow colleagues.”