Township To Take Over Memorial Day, Veterans Day Observances

Veterans Day

Members of Franklin High School’s Junior ROTC program at the 2014 Veterans Day observance at Veterans Memorial Park.

In the wake of the Veterans Day commemoration debacle, township officials have decided to take over the arrangements for that and one other commemoration.

Township manager Robert Vornlocker at the Nov. 24 Township Council meeting suggested that since the township already runs the July 4 celebration, it should also handle the Veterans Day and Memorial Day observances.

He asked the council for its approval, which was given.

Vornlocker said the question arose “as a result of the lack of a Veterans Day ceremony.”

In the past, the American Legion Jensen Scalzone Post 478 handled the Veterans Day ceremony, Vornlocker said.

“We found out at a very late date that the American Legion is not in a position to organize that effort,” he said.

Only a handful of people showed up at Veterans Memorial Park on DeMott Lane on Veterans Day, and three who stayed decided to hold an impromptu observance.

Vornlocker said he had spoken with Bob LaCorte, who has organized the township’s Memorial Day parade for the last seven years.

“I just think I have the staff to take care of those two events,” Vornlocker said.


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