Joyce-Herbert VFW Post 226 Centennial Gala

Dear Editor:

Joyce-Herbert VFW Post 226, the oldest military veterans post in Bayonne, was chartered on October 8, 1919 by returning World War I veterans. On Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 6 p.m. everyone is invited to the Chandelier to celebrate the Post’s Centennial but more importantly we hope you join us to honor the Excellent 11: Neil Carroll, LTC. Isabella DeMarco, LTC. Dr. John “Jack” Smith, Congressman Cornelius Gallagher, Tony Goodson, Congressman Frank Guarini, John Nicaretta, Frank Perrucci, former Mayor Richard A. Rutkowski, Chief James “Jimmy” Sisk, and Chuck Wepner.

This noteworthy group of men and women courageously and selflessly served their country and their community. It is only right then that we show our gratitude by taking a few hours out of our busy lives to thank them for their noble efforts.

On October 12, we will not only celebrate the past but we will look to the future by allocating all net proceeds from the Centennial Gala to the support of the Joyce-Herbert Post 266 Veterans Museum. Since 2006, the Museum, located at 16-18 West 9th Street, has preserved and celebrated our local history. Moreover, since its inception the Veterans Museum has partnered with the Bayonne Board of Education’s Social Studies Department to educate thousands of school children about our City’s proud contributions to military service. From October to June of every year, students from 5th grade through High School visit the museum, pledge the flag, and listen as speakers such as former Navy diver, Chuck Gallagher, and Vietnam Veteran, Joseph Kochanski, recount their experiences.

Please help us to pack the room that night so we can thank those who committed their lives to making Bayonne the special place we call home and for ensuring that America is known as the home of the free and the land of the brave.

For tickets, 50/50 raffles or journal ads, please call Post 226, #201-858-1416. Someone will return your call.

Dan Ward
The Centennial Gala Committee