Veteran's Day

911 Memorial Service-2020

Memorial Day

50th Anniversary

Stationed in Iraq

Military Funeral Services

VFW Speakers

Voice of Democracy/Patriots Pen

Freedom Plaza
VFW Eligibility and Application

Making Your Visit Meaningful

WWII Veterans Registry

East Orange/Lyons VA Hospitals

MCVS Office

VA Records On-line

Buddy Poppy Program

When a Vet Dies


Worn-out American Flags


For More Information try the following:
Kenneth Hanzl
Post Commander
(973) 214-2505

Carl DeBacco
Click to Email VFW5481

Ken Hanzl
Membership Chair

VFW Department of New Jersey Website

VFW National Website

K. Brenzel
(973) 285-6866

Township of Montville Web Site

WWII Memorial
Web Site

Montville Twp Purple
Heart Memorial Site

Veteran's Day Ceremony-November 11, 2020
This year our Veteran's Day Ceremony was considerably different due to the Coronavirus. On-site attendance was sparse but technology allowed us to add a Zoom audience. The ceremony can be viewed by clicking on the "Veterans" graphic below. Those willing to view will be inspired by first-hand experiences of our veterans who expressed their feelings of those times in their lives...sometimes stoic and sometimes humorous, often getting a laugh from attendees. WWII, Korean, Vietnam, and Kosovo/Iraq veterans put us there as they relived our history. You will be introduced to each and witness the effect combat places on average citizens.

As an added feature, our veterans were honored by videos from Cedar Hill School students and songs from local resident Nick Sisco. Given were also heart-felt words of peace and brotherhood from our local clergy. The video is lenghty but worthy of your time. It was our honor to serve.

Click on Graphic for Video

9/11 Memorial Service-2020
To commemorate the 19th anniversary of the attack on the NYC World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Flight 93, the Township of Montville along with VFW Post 5481 conducted our annual memorial as a rememberance of that fateful day. The ceremony was live-streamed on YouTube and available here for your viewing. Post Commander Ken Hanzl provided his insights and introduced local dignitaries, clergy, and residents who express their feelings of how this tradgedy affected their lives, our local community and the greater community of these United States. Also offered were three acapella renditions of patriotic songs beautifully sung by local residents. Follow the link for how the full story of the 9/11/2001 was covered. Celebrating our heros.

Click on Graphic for Video

Memorial Day May 25th, 2020
Our Post wishes to celebrate our comrades who have given the ultimate sacrifice and those who have died since serving. They all served to protect our freedoms and extraordinary way of life. Even though a formal ceremony is not possible in these unprecedented times, we honor all these veterans for their service to our country. With pride, honor and humility we offer this tribute to those who have answered duty's call. We will never forget.

Click on Photo for Video

50th Anniversary

Montville Memorial VFW Post 5481 is celebrating our 50th year as Local Chapter of VFW National. For these many years we proudly served our community through service projects, scholarships and veterans' awareness programs such as Memorial Day, 9/11 and Veterans Day Ceremonies. While working mostly behind the scenes, we honorably contributed these and other services to our community.

Unfortunately, our planned celebration had to be postponed. However, as part of the festivities we offer an Ad Book which will continue as anticipated. The Ad book will be distributed at the determined future date for the dinner. Those who wish to avail themselves of this, please follow this LINK Ad Book here or contact Tom Mazzaccaro at or 973-263-0051.

To all of our friends, supporters, and families, we wish you good health, hope, and prosperity! We sincerely hope to see you at our 50th Anniversary gala in 2021.

Brotherhood...benefits...and more
Some may not be aware, the VFW is a National non-profit organization comprised solely of active military and veterans who served in specified combat areas. Only those qualified may join. Whether you join us or not, you will always be a part of this organization...a brother (or sister)-in-arms.

The primary functions of the Post are to maintain a patriotic presence by reminding everyone of the sacrifices made by the select few and the ongoing bravery performed by our troops on a daily basis. Additionally, we counsel fellow veterans on their entitlements under various benefits offered to those who served. This is obtained through our decades of accumulated experiences.

Post 5481 needs new members with new ideas to sustain our effectiveness in being a leading force within our community. When Uncle Sam beckoned we replied and served with pride and honor, fulfilling our patriotic duty. Continue to serve... join the Post and be with your comrades once again. Although we no longer wear the uniform...we remain soldiers nevertheless... ready to serve, protect, and defend.

Check this link if you think you may be eligible to join our organization. If you are eligible, we would be proud to accept you as one of our members.

Check Eligibility here.

VFW 5481 Membership Application here.

Information About Post 5481
Montville Memorial Post 5481 was founded in 1970 with 34 members. Our current membership is 87. By National Charter, membership is limited to those military personnel who served overseas during a period of National Conflict. The Post's home is located at 132 Changebridge Road in Montville, New Jersey, at the entrance to the Community Center complex. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Post 5481 focuses on two issues; the first is to be good citizens in our home community by participating in its projects and activities, particularly in those areas of patriotism and where our military background can be utilized; and the second is to provide aid and assistance to all military personnel, both veterans and those still on active duty.


Stationed in Iraq/Afghanistan
Because a portion of our overseas complement is composed of citizens and friends of Montville Township, VFW Post Commander Ken Hanzl urges that we be informed of any Township soldier stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan so that the Post can recognize their service by sending packages as we have already provided others serving in the "war areas". Contact the post via e-mail at If you would like to write letters or send packages to our troops assigned over-seas, we have a list of those soldiers already deployed and can provide their names and addresses.

Military Funeral Services
The Post Funeral Ritual Team is available to conduct military funeral services for deceased Township military veterans when so requested. The deceased need not be a member of the VFW Post. Post Commander Hanzl can be contacted at or

Commemorative Brick Program
Post 5481 has instituted a "Commemorative Brick Program" to honor all military veterans, regardless of Post membership, for their service to our Nation. This honorarium is open to current or Township-affiliated residents as a community service and a not-for-profit gesture, cost only to cover the materials. Bricks are enscribed with personal facts regarding a family member or friend, alive or deceased, as it relates to their military service. The 'bricks' are included in the wall and surrounding pathway of the tank monument in the Freedom Plaza. For information contact us through e-mail at, or call 973-263-0051.

Photos of the brick wall and walkway can be seen on the right margin photo gallery.

The Application for Commemorative Brick can be accessed at this link - VFW 5481 Commemorative Brick Application.

VFW Speakers
The Post has several members who are available to speak on a variety of military and veteran topics at local schools, clubs, or organizations. For information contact us through our main e-mail,

The Post supports Memorial Day school activities in an ongoing relationship with the Montville Township School System.

Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen

Every year our Post sponsors a Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen Essay Contests. These National Programs are run in conjunction with the Montville Township School System. Essays are composed by students of different age groups with patriotism and democracy as the underlying theme.

Once again this year we are proud to report that we have been honored with many entries thanks to the willingness of our participants and dedicated faculties. Local winners were two for Patriot's Pen and three for Voice of Democracy; one of our post winners placing second in District competition (Morris County level) in their respective categories.

In addition to student competition, there is a National Citizenship Education Teacher Recognition Award for the three educational levels. We are also proud to announce that our local winners had placed first in their respective categories at the District level and are proceeding to the New Jersey State competition.

Post Winners in their categories are:

Patriot's Pen
  • Kyle Philips - First Place/Second Place District - Robert R. Lazar Middle School
  • Chris Cao - Second Place - Robert R. Lazar Middle School

Voice of Democracy
  • Maria Papera - First Place/Second Place District - Montville Township High School
  • Victoria Wei - Second Place - Monvtville Township High School
  • Shriya Minocha - Third Place - Montville Township High School

Teacher Recognition Award
  • Trudy Coppola - Cedar Hill Elementary School
  • Richard Crescente - Robert R. Lazar Middle School
  • James McManus - Montville Township High School

More Details Coming Soon

Freedom Plaza
The Veterans Commemorative Wall has been combined with the Township Memorial now known collectively as Freedom Plaza. The Plaza was dedicated on September 11th, 2004, to the everlasting memory of those who have fallen in the defense of our country and to all of those who perished in the attack on America - September 11th, 2001. The centerpiece to the Plaza is the section of structure obtained from the Twin Towers rubble. Adjacent to the Plaza and behind the Post Building is the military honor wall and pathway that flanks the M60 Vietnam era Army Tank. The Wall is composed of bricks inscribed with names of living or deceased veterans with their personal remembrances or those of family members. We urge that you visit the Plaza and Wall Commemorative and pay silent homage to those who made personal sacrifices in the furtherance of our freedom.

VFW Eligibility and Application
Montville Memorial VFW Post 5481 continues to embark on a membership drive. If you served overseas during a wartime period, and would be interested in joining our Post, please call Membership Chair Ken Hanzl at 973-214-2505 or email at The fundamental difference between our organization and other veterans' organizations is our eligibility qualification...assigned to conflict areas. Our VFW welcomes all who meet our eligibility criteria.

If you have received a campaign medal for overseas service, have served 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea, or have ever received hostile fire or imminent danger pay, then you're eligible to join our ranks. Contact us to determine if you qualify or check your eligibility by Checking Eligibility here.

The Application for Membership can be accessed at this link -VFW 5481 Membership Application.

You don't have to be a Township resident to belong to our Post. Come join us.

VA Records Available On-line
For those veterans or family members who wish to obtain records of a relative such as a DD214 or other related documents, they are able to do so on-line. The required form, SF 180, can be downloaded or completed via internet connection. All that is needed would be:
  • Veteran's full name used while in service
  • Service or Social Security Number
  • Branch of Service
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Where stationed may be requested
The web page is located at Veteran Records. Expect three weeks for a response.

Making Your Visit Meaningful
Often, when a buddy or a loved one is in a nursing home, family and friends wonder how they can enjoy their visit and make them more meaningful. In fact, some people stay away from visiting their buddies or loved ones because they feel uncertain about what to say or do, or they question the benefits of their visit. It is important to know that, although their buddies or loved ones may not relate to them as they did previously, they can still share and enjoy quality time.

There is no set amount of time that you should spend on your visit - take your cue from your buddy or loved one. If the person is relaxed and enjoying themselves, stay as long as you like. If they appear tired, agitated or uneasy, stay only a short time.

Here are some suggestions that may make your visits enjoyable for both of you:
  • Take a scrapbook or photo album and talk about memories of the past.
  • Bring tape recordings of music that they once enjoyed.
  • Hold your buddy's or loved one's hand, or just sit back and 'be' with them.
  • Be sympathetic to complaints and really listen to what they have to say.
  • Resist temptation to correct or remind your buddy or loved one if he or she has memory problems - it will upset or frustrate them.
  • Establish a rapport with the staff - let them know of your concerns and that you appreciate their effort.
Visiting can be difficult and stressful, but, remember that even if your visit is brief and your buddy or loved one does not recognize or remember you, your presence is invaluable. For those moments, the person you are visiting has the sense that you care and that they are not alone.

WWII Veterans Registry
There is a site available on-line that can be used to locate WWII veterans. The site is called NATIONAL WWII MEMORIAL and can be located at this link-

To locate someone, do the following:
  • 'Copy' the link above and paste it to your web browser's address bar. 'Click' GO. That will bring you to the NATIONAL WWII MEMORIAL home page.
  • In the left margin column, 'click' on WWII REGISTRY. That will take you to the 'Registry' page.
  • At the top link bar, 'click' Search the Registry. That will take you to the 'Search Criteria' page.
  • Fill in the boxes with the Last Name and First Name of the person searching for and the State where inducted, if known. If not known, leave blank. Then click 'SUBMIT'.
Hopefully you will be able to locate a friend you haven't seen for years.

East Orange and Lyons V.A. Hospital
The Department of Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System (VANJHCS) is a consolidated facility comprised of two main campuses, one in East Orange, the corporate office located in Northeastern New Jersey within the greater New York metropolitan area, and one in Lyons, 22 miles to the west of the East Orange Campus.

If you are inclined, contributions can be made to VA East Orange and Lyons Hospitals through this Post. Contact us by e-mail at

Anyone requiring information for East Orange or Lyons Hospitals, contact:
VA NJ Health Care System, East Orange Campus
385 Tremont Avenue
East Orange, NJ 07018

VA NJ Health Care System, Lyons Campus
151 Knollcroft Road
Lyons, New Jersey 07939
(908) 647-0180
Contributions should be made out to: VA New Jersey Health Care System. If you would rather, we will gladly forward any contribution to the intended service facility in your name. Contact us for details.

Morris County Veterans Services Office
Morris County has a Veterans Service Office in place to support military veterans who need assistance with the several VA programs, with obtaining military-related records or medals due them for their military service, or for any other military related situation. If you are a veteran and wish to avail yourself of the services, contact the MC Veterans Service Officer, Mike Williams, at, (973) 285-6866, or write him at Department of Human Services, Morris County Veterans Service Office, P.O. Box 900, Morristown, N.J. 07960...physical address 540 West Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ. He will assist you or advise you of the proper channels to remedy your situation. If you wish, you may locally contact Post Commander Ken Hanzl who has a knowledge base that may satisfy your immediate need. As a reminder, the State of New Jersey and County of Morris have medals to honor veterans of our area who have served during certain conflicts, WWII to present. Contact the Morris County Veterans Service Officer for more information.

All Veterans are urged to register for VA benefits and care. You are entitled to physical exams, eye exams, and a prescription program. Do it now while the advantage is in your favor. The Post received many calls regarding this and we advise callers to contact Veterans Services of East Orange or Lyons Hospitals (see above).

The Morris County Department of Human Services has issued a Directory entitled Veterans Resource Directory which is a 13 page document full of pertinent information and contacts valuable to our brother and sister veterans. Well worth your time. Access through this Link.

Buddy Poppy Program
The poppy is the official memorial flower of the VFW. In the spring of 1915 a Canadian doctor Lt. John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in the battle-scarred fields to write the poem "In Flanders Fields." After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of remembrance. Today, it is also a means of fundraising for the VFW. The Buddy Poppy Program has helped the VFW live up to its motto " honor the dead by helping the living."

Access Buddy Poppy Poem here... In Flanders Fields.

Click here to see how our brothers in Australia pay tribute to their fallen warriors on the "Roll of Honour" and "War Dog" memorials.
Australia Honour.

When a Veteran Dies
It is extremely stressful when a veteran reaches the end of their life. The sorrow and chaos surrounding the Veteran and the Family are even more demanding when arrangements have to be made for interment and obtaining entitlements due the Veteran's family. It may be distasteful to think about pre-compiling information, but it makes it easier with the veteran's input and knowledge and less of a burden will be placed on the family.

Access things to do here... When A Veteran Dies.

Worn-out American Flags
Our National Flag is an important and honored symbol of who we are and what we stand for. It has preceeded our soldiers in battle and decorates our homes to display to all our pride of country and support for our troops. When such a symbol becomes worn, tattered, or damaged beyond use, it is necessary to retire those colors and treat them with the respect that befits such a great symbol. To that end, the Post has established an American Flag Disposal Box, an old recycled red-white-blue mail box, at the rear of the Post home at 132 Changebridge Road, where citizens may bring their old flags for destruction according to strict military protocol.

Post 5481 does its share to maintain a beautiful and clean community during the quarterly Adopt-A-Road cleanup and beyond. We do our part and request that you too participate by keeping our community clean and litter free.

Individuals and businesses can mail contributions to the Post throughout the year. Please send your donation to:
    Commander-VFW Post 5481
    C/O Commander Ken Hanzl
    8 Moore Road
    Montville, New Jersey 07045
Kindly make checks payable to: VFW Post 5481 Welfare Fund.

You are reminded that your donations are tax deductible.

Montville Memorial VFW Post 5481
132 Changebridge Road
Montville, New Jersey 07045

VFW 5481 is a non-profit organization dedicated to the people of Montville Township, NJ. We join with our fellow citizens in making this community a better place to live.

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