EATONTOWN: Even though the threat of rain caused Eatontown's Monday Memorial Day observance to me moved indoors to Memorial School in the Borough, more than 250 residents still turned out "To honor those who gave their all for us".
Led by members of the Holmgren-Gurbisz Memorial American Legion Post 325, the program began with greetings from Post Commander Ken Gurbisz. Ken and his wife Helen's son, Captain James Gurbisz, was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad on November 4, 2005.
Mr. Gurbisz spoke of Marine Gen. John Kelly who had posed the question "was it worth it" when speaking of the death of the Generals own son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, who was killed Nov. 9, 2010 while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan. Mr. Gurbisz noted that the General said that those that had fallen had already answered the question since they died doing what they wanted to be doing.....in the service of their country.
Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly addressed those in attendance and began by recognizing all veterans and active members of the military that were present. The Mayor noted that "it take a hero to go into battle" as well as noting the importance of keeping promises to our veterans.
The Guest Speaker was Technical Sgt. Lucian D. Booker IV USAF, of Joint Base McGuire-Dix Lakehurst. The Sergeant who is a 12 year veteran of the military also recognized veterans and family members of veterans present and noted that "family is the backbone of the military". Sgt. Lucian also commented that "I am proud of fellow service men and women who lay their lives on the line to protect our country".
A roll call was conducted of names of the Honored Dead, the 15 Eatontown residents who made the ultimate sacrifice in the nations wars begging with World War 1. As each name was read the words "he does not answer" followed.
Presentations were made to the Post from Thomasine Owens of the Eatontown Senior Center who donated hand made blankets. A Good Neighbor certificate was presented by Linda Close of the Girls Scouts of the Jersey Shore. Musical selections where performed by the Eatontown Memorial School Bank under the direction of Band Director James Cotignola.
Wreaths provided by various groups and organizations in the Borough will be on display at Wampum Park for the next several days.