Ocean: The Ocean Township Historical Museum in conjunction with the Wanamassa Fire Company honored 56 fallen Veterans from Ocean Township, Eatontown, Wanamassa, and Wayside who served for various branches of the Unites States Military. Approximately 43 men remembered served in World War II and of those 43 men, six were received a combination of gold or purple stars. This ceremony is part of an ongoing Friday night series, which is held outside the Eden Woolley House to honor local service men who gave their lives in times of war and conflict.
Shortly before the service began, Firemen, Auxiliary Service Members, and the Color Guard from the Wanamassa Fire Company arrived in fire trucks and other service vehicles. Each Member of the company wore their formal uniform to pay tribute to those that served before them.
Shortly after arrival, the Wanamassa Fire Company’s Color Guard started the service by marching past the Eden Woolley house towards the flagpole, where the service would be held. After several brief remarks, the Fire Company lowered and folded the existing flag and then replaced and raised it with a special, 48 star, American Flag.
After the flag was raised the names of all 56 fallen Veterans were read out loud. For approximately 15 minutes, attendees from the local community stood silently as each name and branch of service was called.
After the service was over, the Color Guard led the company from the flagpole back towards the Eden Woolley House for a brief reception and tour of the museum’s exhibits.
In one week, the flag raised by the Fire Company will be taken down to be displayed in a commemorative case.