Township of Monroe

The Mayor's Column

A Salute to the American Spirit in Monroe

July 05, 2018

By Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro

Lately, I feel a sense of pride and patriotism has swept over our town.

I see American flags flying, growing civic engagement and more importantly, an overwhelming show of support for our veterans.

Just recently, Monroe Township High School hosted an Armed Forces Appreciation Day, where active duty and retired military personnel were honored with song, speeches and ceremony.

The event became a teaching moment for our students, who heard from current and prospective enlistees, learned the history of some notable military customs and were able to shake hands and talk with the very people who have and continue to preserve our freedoms.

There were patriotic overtones in the Monroe Township Chorus’ latest performance, America the Beautiful, a salute to our servicemen and women through song.  With the group making biannual trips to perform for residents at the New Jersey Veterans Home in Edison, I can tell you that they are a great source of pride for this community and I applaud them for sharing their talents. 

The Township also participates in a Vietnam War Commemoration program, which was launched by Presidential Proclamation in 2012 to acknowledge an under-recognized segment of our veteran population with a specialty pin.  Those Vietnam-era veterans in our community can receive this special recognition by contacting Eileen Biennas in my office at 732-521-4400 or ebiennas@monroetwp.com.

I remember when these soldiers returned to the states.  These brave servicemen and women had donned a uniform, swore to defend their country and made no less a sacrifice than any other generation prior; but they were not always greeted with the warm homecoming that they deserved.

The Township’s Memorial Day observance, made up of two wreath-laying ceremonies at the Municipal Complex and Veterans Park, were yet another brilliant display of patriotism in Monroe.

It is always so special when we gather at the Veterans Park memorial. This display of patriotism was constructed in 2012 by Monroe resident and Troop 60 Eagle Scout Sean Evans and recognizes all branches of the military.  This young man has gone on to the United States Marine Corps, where he has served all over the world for the past four years.

With all this momentum, I’ll admit that I can’t wait for Monroe’s Fireworks Spectacular in Thompson Park on the Fourth of July.

If the free activities, music or fireworks aren’t reason enough to come out, then partaking in one of our great American traditions should be.

Busing for the festivities, which begin at dusk, will be available at the parking lot near Fir Drive.  I hope to see everyone out there, where we can come together and truly celebrate what it means to be 

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