New Jersey Town Celebrated Veterans on Veterans Day and Everyday
The Manalapan Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (MVAAC) planned another successful annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Veterans breakfast. Manalapan is home to many veterans, and they are honored each year with a free breakfast after a moving memorial ceremony in front of Town Hall. Every year, this event has been a joint effort with local businesses, including Applebee’s, Wegman’s, Bagel World, Union Hill Bagels, Manalapan Diner, and Dunkin’ Donuts, who generously provide food for the event.
At the Veterans Day Ceremony, goers experience the committee’s initial achievement: the Veterans Walk of Honor in front of Manalapan Town Hall. With materials, labor, and equipment donated by local businesses, and with funds raised by the sale of commemorative pavers, the MVAAC has created this memorial to honor all veterans. No township taxpayer funds were used to create this beautiful memorial; it has been a true community effort. Commemorative pavers, inscribed with the name of a veteran you love, can be ordered at the Veterans Day ceremony or online at www.manalapanveterans.com. This informative website keeps veterans and their families apprised of important issues including benefits, services and upcoming events. The website is also linked to the Manalapan Township website at www.mtnj.org under the heading “Committees.”
The mission of the Manalapan Veterans Committee is to serve the past, present and future veterans of Manalapan Township and help them and their families find the benefits and services to which they’re entitled. To further that goal, the Committee has established the Center For Veterans at Manalapan at the Manalapan Community Center at 114 Rte. 33 West. To help supplement offerings at the Lakewood Vet Center, the committee maintains weekly hours, available upon request. The services currently offered at the Manalapan facility include group and individual counseling provided by the Lakewood Vet Center, Guitars for Veterans music program, and band practice. Regular equine therapy and yoga programs are also promoted to all New Jersey veterans through the committee. Veterans may also get help registering with the VA for benefits. If you or a family member are a veteran, you’ll find a friendly welcome at the Center for Veterans at Manalapan.
The Committee meets on the second Monday of every month at 5:30 PM in Room 216 of Town Hall. Please consider joining the MVAAC to share your veteran-oriented concerns, ideas and interest. For more information about the Manalapan Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee, please contact Chairman Ernie Diorio by email at Litetrop67@aol.com