EATONTOWN: The 2017 Veterans Day Remembrance at Eatontown's Wampum Memorial Park included the revealing of local Boys Scout Bailey Ferrugia's Eagle Scout Project which features 14 permanent stone cross markers (and one Star Of David Marker) which honor the men from Eatontown who made the ultimate sacrifice in our nation's wars.
Bailey, a member of local Troop 49, told the 200+ in attendance that "I planned my project around the veterans because I have been coming to Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies here since I joined scouting and always wondered why wreaths were put up and a few days later they were gone."
"As I got older I didn't just wonder....I thought it was wrong," Bailey continued. "I thought there should be permanent markers to remember them. They gave their lives....we should give them respect....not just on a holiday, but everyday."
Bailey's project also included the placement of monuments which notes a WWII timeline, the redoing of the foliage in various areas of the park along with the cleaning and repair of the clock in the center of the park.
A ceremony took place where a small flag was placed by the cross and markers for each of the men. They are:
Herbert O. Tilton
William T. Conway
Wilfred G. Winning
Joseph E. Sine
Harry F. Yale
Joseph J. Finn
Norman K Stofflet
Paul Ondrey (Flag placed by his son Andrew Andrey)
Barry E. Evret
Captain James M. Gurbisz (Flag placed by his friend Matt Fredrick)
Speakers at the Veterans Day Ceremony included Past Post Commander Joseph Gugliuzza and Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly. The Eatontown Memorial School Band under the direction of James Cotignola played several musical selections and concluded the ceremony with "God Bless America."