9/11 Memorial Svc-2021
9/11 Memorial Svc-2020
About Post 5481
Military Funeral Services
Voice of Democracy - Patriot's Pen
Lazar School Tribute
WWII Veterans Registry
Veteran Support Group
VA Records On-line
Buddy Poppy Program
When a Vet Dies
Worn-out American Flags
For More Information try the following:
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VFW New Jersey Website
VFW National Website
Morris Co VSO
Montville Twsp Website
WWII Memorial Website
Purple Heart Memorial Site
Veterans are Proven Patriots
Veterans Day Ceremony-November 11, 2021
The Ceremony this year was more in-tune with the normal due to the relaxed Covid restrictions. The in-person celebrants numbered
over 200 with several zoomed in from around the country. Commander Ken Hanzl presided over the ceremony and introduced the
dignitaries in attendance as well as John Elliott, CBS New York, who covered the ceremony for Channel 2 News.
We were honored to have two keynote speakers. The first was State Senator Joe Pennacchio who gave an insightful and poignant
speech. The second was local citizen George Nader, who related his experience as a youth in Beirut, Lebanon, surviving the embassy
bombing in 1983. Both speeches well worth your time to listen.
Patriotic songs were sung by our own, Alus, and Nick Sisco. Each branch of the service was honored under their theme song, wreaths
placed by local first responders, taps played and rifles fired for those brothers and sisters who never returned, and a lone fly-over
by the Coast Guard Flotilla 10-01. Honor, Respect and Dignity was abundant with those in attendance.
It was our honor to serve.
Click on Graphic for Video
Click on CBS Graphic for Channel 2 coverage with John Elliott...sorry, with commercial.
9/11 Memorial Service-20th Anniversary
On Saturday September 11th at 11am, Montville Township conducted a Commemorative 20th Anniversary Ceremony of the attacks on the NYC World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Flight 93.
Attendees gathered in overwhelming numbers crowding the Freedom Plaza to honor our fallen citizens and remember the carnage that occurred on September 11, 2001.
Our Post Commander, Ken Hanzl, presided over the ceremony. In attendance were State, County, and local dignitaries along with members of the police department, the Montville,
Towaco, and Pine Brook Fire Departments, and first aid squad. Remembrances were voiced by those who were active during that terrible event. Former Mayor John Rosellini and
Former Police Chief Edward Adams described their actions as events happened that day. Wreaths were placed, a bell chimed as names were read, and flowers were placed in solemn
respect for the people who died. Patriotic songs were sung by Montville Township resident, Nick Sisco. Also mentioned were the thirteen soldiers in Afghanistan who were the
latest to die two weeks earlier. Hearing their names reminded us that terror continues today.
The event was solemn and respectful for those innocent souls who were taken without warning. Those of us who personally experienced the events of 911 were given a deeper
connection to what had transpired. Whether we were infants, 80 years old or born after that tragic day, ceremonies such as this will always remind us of what terrorism can do.
Click on image for Ceremony.
US Flag Retirement Ceremony
The Post conducted its first ever Flag Retirement Ceremony on September 18th at 10:00am, 2021, at the pavilion just opposite the Montville Township Amphitheater. Commander Ken
Hanzl presided over the ceremony. Educational insights on the creation and meaning of our national symbol were offered by Trail Life Scouts as well as the ritual designated
for the destruction of our flag by Commander Hanzel. Participants included a large contingent from the Trail Life Troop NJ 0777, Girl Scouts Daisy Troop 98205, and Girl Scout
Troop 97539 who provided guidence for singing our National Anthem. Patriotic flag related entertainment was provided by the acapella group 'Express Male' and our own Nick Sisco.
The ceremonial flag burning was conducted under the supervision of the Montville Township Fire Departments with assistance of the combined scout troops.
This ceremony will become a yearly event to honor the retirement of our worn-out symbols of freedom. Stay posted for upcoming schedule.
The ceremony was broadcast under Zoom and can be viewed by clicking the image below.
Click on this flag to better understand the history and meaning of our honored National symbol.
Memorial Day May 31st, 2021
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. This year we pay tribute to our fallen comrades for whom we were not permitted to honor because of these unprecedented times.
At the same time, we wish to set the theme of this ceremony to offer respect and gratitude to our sisters-in-arms. With pride, honor and humility we offer this
tribute to those who have answered duty's call. We will never forget.
If you want to be impressed by women in the military, fast forward to Captain Lindsey Chrismon's keynote speech.
Click on Photo 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 remembrance 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
tragedy 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 heroes.
Click on Graphic for Video
NOTICE TO OUR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS:
Montville Memorial VFW Post 5481 was to celebrate our 50th year as Local Chapter of VFW National in 2020.
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 and intended that we would
celebrate this milestone together. Unfortunately, our planned celebration had to be postponed due to Covid-19
and hopefully again taken up in 2021. Circumstances precluded that from occurring and we had to cancel the
As part of the festivities we offered an Ad Book to which our sponsors so generously contributed. Since
the Ad book will not be distributed as planned, we will incorporate those ads into this webpage at a future date.
To all of our friends, supporters, and families, we wish you good health, hope, and prosperity in the years to come!
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.
INCLUDED AMONG THE POST'S CURRENT ENDEAVORS ARE:
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 inscribed 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 email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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, email@example.com.
The Post supports Memorial Day school activities in an ongoing relationship with the Montville Township School System.
Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen-2021
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
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 three for Patriot's Pen and two for Voice of Democracy.
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:
- Samantha Michelle Kats - First Place - Robert R. Lazar Middle SchoolClick here for essay.
- Maana Parikh - Second Place - Robert R. Lazar Middle School
- Gabriella O'Brien - Third Place - Robert R. Lazar Middle School
Voice of Democracy
- Khush H. Parikh - First Place - Montville Township High SchoolClick here for audio.
- Aarav R. Mulinti - Second Place - Montville Township High School
Teacher Recognition Award
- Maureen Moran - Cedar Hill Elementary School
- Michelle Trautmann - Robert R. Lazar Middle School
- Justin Scrufari - Montville Township High School
Each VOD and Patriots Pen participant received a framed certificate and monetary award which was presented to them prior to the start of the
December 7th monthly Montville Township Committee Meeting. The Teacher Recognition Awards were presented personally by Awards Chairman, Dominick D'Andrea,
at a later date.
Lazar School Tribute
Over these many years students at Montville Township's Robert R.
Lazar Middle School has offered a tribute to fallen veterans on Veteran's Day under the direction of Social
Studies Teacher Rick Crescente. Students and teachers would gather with VFW members to place flags on the graves of
our fallen heros going back to the Revolutionary War. They assisted in identifying and recording the locations
of their burial plots for all of the Township's cemetaries. The video that follows is a culmination of that effort.
Click on Graphic for Video
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
The web page is located at Veteran Records. Expect three weeks for a response.
- Where stationed may be requested
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.
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.
- Establish a rapport with the staff - let them know of your concerns and that you appreciate their effort.
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- http://www.wwiimemorial.com
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.
Hopefully you will be able to locate a friend you haven't seen for years.
- 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'.
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 email@example.com.
Anyone requiring information for East Orange or Lyons Hospitals, contact:
VA NJ Health Care System, East Orange Campus
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.
385 Tremont Avenue
East Orange, NJ 07018
VA NJ Health Care System, Lyons Campus
151 Knollcroft Road
Lyons, New Jersey 07939
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, Maria Salazar,
at firstname.lastname@example.org, (973) 285-6866, or write her 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. She 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 containing Veterans Resource and other County Services
which is a 19 page document full of pertinent information and contacts valuable to our brother and sister veterans. Well worth your time.
Access through this Link.
Veteran Peer Support Group
Morris County Veterans Service Office in conjunction with New Bridge Services is offering a peer support group service to all veterans
regardless of time in service or discharge status. The group is designed to offer a facilitated and guided conversation among participant
veterans to aid in healing and recovery for the impact of their life's stressors free of charge. If you wish to avail yourself of this
servivce contact New Bridge Services at 973-316-9333 or email@example.com.
Access Flyer 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 "...to
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.
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 preceded 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 mailbox, 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
Kindly make checks payable to: VFW Post 5481 Welfare Fund.
C/O Commander Ken Hanzl
8 Moore Road
Montville, New Jersey 07045
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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