Jackson VFW Post Teams up With Toms River Post for Mission of Honor
Jackson–The President of the American Legion Riders from the George P. Vanderveer Post 129, Toms River, invited Jackson American Legion Post 504 to participate in the New Jersey Mission of Honor for Cremains of American Veterans ceremony which was held on August 30, 2012. Three members from Post 504 were able to attend, Post Commander Bill Palme, Rider and Past Post Commander Pete Collins, and Rider Jim Brophy.
The purpose of the Mission of Honor organization is to locate, identify, and inter orphaned and abandoned cremains (cremated remains) in order to provide honor and respect to those who have served this country in time of peace and conflict. Burials are held at Brigadier General William Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, New Jersey.
Today’s ceremony honored six veterans, one World War One Navy veteran, three World War Two Army veterans, one Korean War Army veteran, and one Vietnam War Army veteran. The initial ceremony was held at the hosting Post, Post 129. The ceremony, which was attended by a number of State, District, and Local dignitaries, and approximately sixty attendees, was followed by an escorted motorcade consisting of two New Jersey State Trooper cars, approximately 35 motorcycles, and six automobiles to the cemetery. At the cemetery there was a formal military burial ceremony to pay homage to the six veterans.
To date there have been a total of eighty-five New Jersey Veteran Cremains found, identified, and interred. Further information about the New Jersey Mission of Honor organization can be found at their website, www.njsmissionofhonor.org.
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