Keynote Speaker Matthew B. Craw, US Marine Corps, Little Silver, NJ.
Craw is a combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps and author of The Song Each Bullet Sings: The Story of Operation Iraqi Freedom Through the Eyes of One Marine. He earned his combat action ribbon during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
As a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) suffered during a training exercise, Craw continues to experience painful migraines, memory and other issues. Having trouble with spoken language, writing has become his outlet. He has combated his TBI and PTSD to earn an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Creative Writing from Brookdale Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a concentration in Professional Writing from Rider University.
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 200 Color Guard
General Anthony C. McAuliffe NY/NJ Chapter 101st Airborne Division Association
Joseph Formola, Chaplain NJ State Council, Vietnam Veterans of America
Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff, The Adjutant General of New Jersey
Clark W. Martin, Chairman, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation
Bob Briant, Jr., CEO, Utility & Transport Contractors Association
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at its Memorial on the grounds of the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ.
Immediately following the ceremony, the NJVVMF will present a groundbreaking at 1:00 p.m. for it's Huey helicopter restoration project. To date more than 20 veteran volunteers have contributed 1,600 hours of volunteer work to restore the helicopter, scheduled to be transported from an airport hangar in Wall, NJ to the Museum grounds for an exhibit unveiling on May 7, 2014.
Veterans Day Ceremony: Monday, November 11, 2013, 11:00 a.m.
Huey Helicopter Exhibit Groundbreaking: Monday, November 11, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial located on the grounds of the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ (Garden State Parkway exit 116)
As part of the Veterans Day ceremony, NJVVMF will induct four veterans into the In Memory Program, which honors those who served in Vietnam and returned home only to die as a result of their tour, but whose names are not on the Memorial.
The four inductees are:
Anthony T.J. Bilello, Jr., US Army from Brick, NJ, who died on February 2, 2011
David T. Gilchrist III, US Army from Oxford, NJ, who died on April 4, 2010
Gary H. Mihok, US Marine Corps from South Amboy, NJ, who died on September 8, 2011
Warren K. Priest, US Air Force from Browns Mills, NJ, who died on February 1, 2011
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation offers a meaningful and engaging experience that recognizes the sacrifices, courage and valor of Vietnam veterans and that encourages and fosters a thorough understanding of the Vietnam Era including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects, which affected the United States, and especially New Jersey.
The NJVVMF's Museum & Educational Center is located adjacent to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel, NJ. Musuem hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and by special appointment. Admission is $7 adults; $5 senior citizens and students; and children 10 years of age or younger and veterans and active military personnel are free. The Memorial is free and open to visitors 24 hours daily. For more information, visit www.njvvmf.org or call (732) 335-0033.
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation