OCEAN TOWNSHIP: All United States veterans were honored on Veterans Day at service at Township Hall, the site where monuments stand recognizing the country's heroes who served in the military from the days of the nation's infancy to the present.
Mayor Christopher Siciliano led the Pledge of Allegiance and welcomed the gathering of local veterans and visitors from surrounding towns who have traditionally come to Ocean for Veterans Day. A canvas shield protected guests from the rain threatening elements.
The Ocean Township High School Choral group sang the National Anthem joined by many of the attendees. Rabbi Aaron Schonberg of from the Congregation Torat El delivered the Invocation.
The mayor introduced Jewish War Veterans Post 125, Catholic War Veterans Post 714 and Oakhurst VFW Post 2226 Commanders who delivered readings and special messages of the day as wreathes were placed at the memorials on the field.
The Choral group returned to sing a special version of the Carol of the Bells, a musical version most fitting to the occasion, sounds of gentle reflections of the solemnity of the experiences the veterans had experienced - hardship of battle, being away from family and loved ones, and forming the lasting friendships experienced for the nation's safety and freedom.
Post 2226 Commander Jim Mack directed eyes to the Ocean Police Department honor guard trio who fired their rifles in memory of those who gave their lives in the country's defense.
It was the day after the 240th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Marine Corps, another hallowed moment of recollection.