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ON THE GREEN: OBSERVING VETERANS DAY

Saturday is Veteran’s Day, and a number of towns on the Greater Red Bank Green plan to hold their customary commemoration services then. Click “read more” for details.

Meantime, most local and state government offices will be closed both Friday and Saturday. Post Offices will be open Friday and closed Saturday. (Click photos to enlarge)

VETERANS DAY CEREMONIES 2016

vets day 2015 111115 1Servicemen and women will be among the local resident who gather at the monument to war veterans at Monmouth Street and Drummond Place in Red Bank for a Veterans Day commemoration Friday. Click “read more” for town-by-town events on the Green. (Click photos to enlarge)

RED BANK: “UNSTINTING SERVICE” HONORED

vets day 2015 111115 1williams honor 111115Local veterans saluted as the Red Bank Charter School choir sang ‘The Star-Spangled’ at a Veterans Day commemoration in downtown Red Bank Wednesday. Mayor Red Bank Menna told a small crowd gathered at the Veterans Monument at Monmouth Street and Drummond Place that the annual event honored “the unstinting service and selfless loyalty” given by generations of men and women who have served in the military.

At right, the duo known as Williams Honor sang an original song, and below, charter school eighth-grader Jonathan Rivera played bagpipes to open and close the ceremony. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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VETERANS DAY CEREMONIES 2015

vets-111110fh 2 111112The monument to war veterans at Monmouth Street and Drummond Place in Red Bank, above, and Memorial Park in Fair Haven, at right, are once again host sites for  Veterans Day commemorations Wednesday.

Click “read more” for town-by-town events on the Green. (Click photos to enlarge)

RED BANK: REMEMBERING THOSE WHO SERVED

rb veterans 111114 3 rb veterans 111114 4Red Bank Charter School fourth-graders sang, and local officials paid tribute to those who’ve served in America’s wars with a ceremony at the Veterans Monument on Monmouth Street on Tuesday, Veterans Day.

Michael Rodriguez, former Exalted Ruler of the Red Bank Elks, told the audience that the event was an acknowledgement of “those who live among us and those who live only in memory,” including soldiers and sailors unaccounted for. (Click photos to enlarge)

VETERANS DAY CEREMONIES 2014

rb memorial day 2008The monument to war veterans at Monmouth Street and Drummond Place in Red Bank is once again host to a Veterans Day commemoration. Click “read more” for town-by-town events on the Green. (Click photos to enlarge)

‘MINDFUL OF WHAT THESE BOYS GAVE’

World War II veteran Ray Taylor listens as Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli speaks at the borough’s annual Veterans Day celebration at Victory Park Sunday. Taylor, 90, also took a turn in front of the park’s doughboy statue, telling several dozen onlookers, “I’m glad to see so many of you here, mindful of what these boys gave.” (Click to enlarge)

BIG RETURN HOME FOR LITTLE SILVER MARINE

dilger2dilger-1-103011After six months of intense fighting in Afghanistan, Lance Corporal Brian Dilger of the U.S. Marines was welcomed home on leave in Little Silver Sunday.

The 22-year-old Red Bank Catholic grad was treated to an impromptu fire-and-first aider’s parade through town led by the Warriors Watch Riders, who drove up from Camden County for the occasion.

“I’m pretty embarrassed, but it’s definitely awesome to be back,” Dilger told redbankgreen, seen above right with his sister, Grace. (Click to enlarge)

IN ANTICIPATION OF A MARINE’S RETURN

digler-101111The neighborhood around the Rumson Place, Little Silver home of Lance Corporal Brian Dilger of the U.S. Marines is suddenly abloom in yellow ribbons. Dilger’s mom, Janine Talbot, tells redbankgreen that the 22-year-old Red Bank Catholic graduate – who’s with the 2nd Marine Division’s Combat Engineering Battalion out of Camp Lejuene, North Carolina – is expected home shortly before Thanksgiving for some R&R after a six-month’s deployment in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, where he’s been involved in heavy combat. (Click to enlarge)