Township salutes Old Glory

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Boy Scouts salute the flag during a Flag Day ceremony on Thursday, June 14.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Scouts, veterans, elected officials, police and firefighters came together for the township’s annual Flag Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park Thursday, June 14, hosted by the Egg Harbor Township Veterans Advisory Board.

Cub Scouts from Pack 177 led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, and joined in for the national anthem, and "God Bless America."

Tower 15 from the Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company was parked across the street from ceremony, and displayed a high-flying American flag that the audience could salute.

Deputy Mayor Paul W. Hodson encouraged the audience to display their American flags from Flag Day through Independence Day. Assemblyman, Chris A. Brown said "the American flag is only as good as who it represents."

Brown told the audience his experiences saluting to the flag through the years. He said he always felt proud saluting the flag or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, but the flag took on greater meaning for him when he became a Boy Scout, and later when he enlisted into the Marine Corps.

Patrick Moschetto, Veterans Advisory Board member, led the audience in "You’re a Grand Old Flag" in a strong and powerful voice. Moschetto, who served in the Vietnam War in 1967 and 1968, has been participating in the Flag Day ceremony for 10 years.

The ceremony is held to remember what the American flag represents.

Some in audience members were under the impression that the ceremony would include retirement by burning of old flags, but Moschetto said that will handled at a later date by the VFW.

"Flags can be dropped off in any of the VFW’s locations," he said.

In the audience were VAB members, their families, police, and firefighters. Although it looked like it was going to rain, the weather held, and the sun decided to peek out at the end of the ceremony.

From left are Cub Scout Pack 177 members Cole Vaino, 9; Dylan Gardella, 9; Tyler Reynolds, 7; and Alexander Jenkins, 8, all of Egg Harbor Township during a Flag Day ceremony on Thursday, June 14. Members of the Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company use their Tower 15 truck to raise an American flag during the township’s Flag Day ceremony Thursday, June 14. Committeeman Paul Hodson addresses the group gathered during the township’s Flag Day ceremony Thursday, June 14. Committeeman Joe Cafero addresses the group gathered during the township’s Flag Day ceremony Thursday, June 14. Assemblyman Chris A. Brown addresses the group.


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