To the Editor:
As we approach our 100th Anniversary, on behalf of all officers and members of our World War I Historical Joyce-Herbert VFW Post 226 and Veterans Museum, we thank Mayor Davis, the Bayonne Board of Education, District Administration, our sponsors, committee, and our community for a 3rd successful Field of Heroes honoring all veterans. This year’s honors were given to Mayor Richard A. Rutkowski-US Army, Mayor James J. Donovan-US Army, Jack Graham-US Air Force, and Andrew Szyposzynski-US Army. A monument stands in front of our beautiful Bayonne High School with the engraved names of all honorees, including 2016 honorees: Victoria DelRegno, RN-US Air Force, Glen J. Flora-US Army, Denis Miranda-US Navy, John Nicaretta-US Army, Frank Perrucci-US Merchant Marines, Henry Sanchez-US Navy; and 2017 honorees: John Baccarella-US Army, Alfred E. Bell-US Army, Donald J. Cruden-US Marine Corps, Barry J. Dugan-US Marine Corps, Donald S. Miller-US Army, and Frank D. Polera-US Marine Corps.
We thank our dedicated committee who made this year’s program just as exceptional as the 2016 Field of Heroes initiated by Dr. Patricia L. McGeehan: Dr. Michael A. Wanko, Joseph Broderick, Dr. Dennis Degnan, Dan Ward, Richard Baccarella, Neil Carroll, III, Brandon Wahler, Tim Craig, Thomas Hart, James Pondillo, and Dr. McGeehan. We thank our Police, Fire, & McCabe’s Ambulance Honor Guards, Veterans’ Color Guards, Bayonne Police Pipes & Drums, BHS Honors Choir, Band, Bugler Michael Malloy, Veterans, Bayonne Fire & Police Depts, and Boys’ Baseball Team, Food Services, Pete Amadeo, and BHS Model UN students Sasha & Maysoon Elzanfali, Frank Libutti, Tashu Gupta, and Ghenwa.
A special thanks to our Sponsors: UNICO National Bayonne Chapter, Freeholder Kenneth Kopacz, Creative Hair Studios, McCabe Ambulance Service, BCB Community Bank, BRR Corporation/The Chandalier, J&J Printing Co., R. Kellner Allstate Agency, Planet Wings, and Pompei Pizza of Bayonne. We sincerely thank guest speaker Lt. Colonel Jerome Parker, U.S. Military Academy, West Point and appreciate all support given to our World War I Historical VFW Post 226 Veterans Museum Education Program.
COMMANDER GLEN J. FLORA