By STEVE LUBETKIN
Special to The Voice
Mayor Chuck Cahn welcomed about 250 residents, including active duty and retired military veterans and their families, to an hour-long Memorial Day Observance ceremony that included keynote remarks by Brig. Gen. James J. Grant, director, Joint Staff to the Adjutant General of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
The Cherry Hill Jewish community played several significant roles in the observance. Members of the Furer-Barag-Wolf Post 126 of Jewish War Veterans helpled organize the ceremonies, and during the observance, Past Post Commander Robert Richter read a list of members who had died since last Memorial Day. Rabbi Larry Sernovitz of Temple Emanuel delivered the Invocation.
You can see a video report about the Jewish community’s involvement in the event in the video player below:
The Cherry Hill Pine Barons Chorus performed patriotic music and a medley of military tunes, and commanders from American Legion and Jewish War Veterans posts in the township read roll calls of members who had died since last Memorial Day.
Msgr. Michael Mannion of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden led the Benediction. An Honor Guard from the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments presented the Colors with the Cherry Hill High School West Air Force Junior ROTC.
Township resident Elizabeth Hallinan sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and members of Boy Scout Troop 166 led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Watch the entire hour-long ceremony in the video player below.