Veterans’ Day Observed With Speeches, Ringing Of ‘Freedom Bell’

The township held its annual commemoration of Veterans’ Day on Nov. 12 in the Municipal Building and outside in Veterans Memorial Park.

Coordinated by township resident Bob LaCorte and Saffie Kallon, the township’s special projects manager, the observance included members of the Canal Walk Veterans Club, the Franklin High School Junior ROTC, Cub Scout Pack 195 and the Franklin Township Police Honor Guard.

The day was emceed by township resident Steve Gillooly, who is a U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander.

Speaking were Deputy Mayor and Somerset County Freeholder-elect Shanel Robinson, and Freeholder and former Mayor Brian Levine.

Sam Pesci, from the Canal Walk Veterans, also spoke about his organization.

After the comments in the Township Council Chamber, those in attendance moved outside, to Veterans Memorial Park, where the “Freedom Bell” was rung by the veterans.

The National Anthem, America the Beautiful and God Bless America were performed by PJ Parker. Pianist Bob Himmelberger accompanied Parker on the National Anthem.

Bagpiper Richard Allen also performed.

The Franklin Reporter & Advocate live-streamed the event:


Township Veterans’ Day observance.

Posted by The Franklin Reporter & Advocate on Monday, November 12, 2018


Here are some scenes from the event:


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