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VFW Post 12196 Celebrates Patriot’s Day a National Day of Remembrance

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Dan Dodge

Just like 20 years ago, it was a beautiful day with mild temperatures and a mostly clear sky. All around the area people were taking pause to remember the events of that special day. VFW Post Commander Jason Gaver stated in his opening comments:  

“The memories of the infamous events of that day, however, are just as clear today as they were 20 years ago.  And although the years may pass, the memories of 9/11 will stay with us forever.  None of us will forget where we were and what we were doing during those terrible moments in history. 

And because we remember, we will continue to honor the memory of the men, women, and children who perished, by continuing on with the same determination and sense of spirit exhibited by so many of our fellow citizens that day including heroic acts…moments of valor and courage beyond words shown by firefighters, police, emergency personnel, and patriotic citizens.”

Many thanks to the citizens of North Brunswick County for volunteering to join us in this celebration of remembrance. Pictured below are VFW Post 12196 Commander Jason Gaver; Belville Mayor Mike Allen; Belville Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Bost; Brunswick County Councilman Frank Williams; Leland Councilwoman and VFW Member Veronica Carter; and from the Fire/Rescue Department, Christopher Barrett. Brayton Willis, Dan and Molly Nece also volunteered to step to the podium and read the names of those lost on that day 2001. VFW Members included John Koslosky; Chris Hardy; James and Beverly Toto; Yoni and Melinda Baum; and Eric Terashima. 

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