Atlantic County salutes veterans
Eighteen veterans residing at Meadowview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Northfield were honored Nov. 11 for their service to our country at the Atlantic County Veteran’s Day Ceremony.
The event was sponsored and organized by AMVETS Post 911, the Sons of the American Legion, the staff and administration of Meadowview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and the offices of Atlantic County government.
“I want to say something about the AMVETS and the service provided,” said Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, “Whether it’s the American Legion, the VFW — these guys work 365 days a year for our veterans and there’s no group that works harder. They really remember many who are forgotten. It is very, very kind of them, and we are grateful in Atlantic County. I think I speak for many, including Freeholder Alex Marino, who has joined me here today, when I say we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Atlantic County Veterans Services Officer Robert Frolow reiterated that sentiment.
“We don’t forget. We never forget,” said Frolow, “Our veterans are always around. Many are going through difficult times right now because the economy is so poor; however; if you ever need anything, you can always count on a veteran. We’re always there.”
Toward the end of the ceremony, Atlantic City Firefighters Pipes & Drums member Jeff MacNeill treated the gathering to a moving song played on the bagpipes. The audience, which consisted mostly of Meadowview residents and family members of the honorees, beamed with pride and cheered as each of the veterans were bestowed with certificates of appreciation and gifts of embroidered hats and flags for their rooms.
“For weeks after, these veterans are on a high from us just acknowledging them and what they did for us,” said Meadowview administrator Michelle Savage. “It means the world to them. It means the world to the staff. The staff and families are so proud of the residents — they’re proud of themselves, they’re proud of each other. It’s just amazing.”
The following is a list of the Atlantic County Veterans Day honorees:
•Edward Borkowski, U.S. Navy, gunners mate 3rd Class D-Day, France and the Philippines
•Larry Boyd, U.S. Navy
•Walter Chaplinski, U.S. Navy
•Earl Cherry, U.S. Air Force
•Robert Costello, U.S. Marine Corps
•Alvin Dickson, U.S. Army, private 1st Class
•Benjamin Featherer, U.S. Army
•Luis Garcia, U.S. Merchant Marine
•Edward Gist, U.S. Army
•William Griswold, U.S. Army
•Philip Logan, U.S. Army, Korean War
•Charles Maxwell, U.S. Army
•Bert Mezo, U.S. Navy
•Leonard Moore, U.S. Army
•Michael V. Sciullo, U.S. Army, Signal Corps, combat photographer
•Joseph Sheldon, U.S. Army Air Force, corporal, WWII
•Drew Spriggs, U.S. Air Force
•Elmer Thomas, U.S. Marine Corps