On Sunday, May 29, 2016, the City of Woodbury will hold its annual candlelight vigil at the Woodbury American Legion Post 133 (1018 Washington Avenue), starting at 7 pm. An annual event, held in partnership with the Woodbury American Legion Post 133, the Bonsal Blues band, the Woodbury Cub/Boy Scouts, and Woodbury High School students, honors local veterans, POW/MIA’s, their families and friends, as well as Woodbury’s fallen soldiers, from all branches of the service. Following the outdoor Vigil ceremony, a light buffet and desserts, will be served. The food is being funded by the Woodbury Municipal Alliance, with Woodbury businesses catering, including Country Sweet’s Bake Shoppe (31 South Broad Street) and Caterer’s Corner (303 West Centre Street).
Freeholder/Deputy Director and Freeholder Liason to the Office of Veterancs Affairs Giuseppe “Joe” Chila, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Duane Sariemento, Director of the Office of Veterans Affairs for Gloucester County, will be leading the Missing Man and Wreath ceremonies at the Vigil. Mayor Bill Volk will offer Welcoming Remarks.
In its third year, the vigil will include the Missing Man Ceremony, Wreath Ceremony, the Reading of Names, and the Tolling of the Bell, as well as a special Candlelighting Ceremony and Rifle Salute. Woodbury’s own Bonsal Blues Band will once again perform its traditional and patriotic music canon, featured in the Vigil’s outside ceremony and indoor concert. George “Spike” Abrams, member of American Legion Post 133, is scheduled to lead the guests in the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem, as well.
Mayor Bill Volk states, “The City of Woodbury has a proud history of honoring our service men and women and we’re honored to spend this weekend in thanks and remembrance.”
Parking will be available behind the American Legion building and surrounding streets. Handicap parking will be available in the American Legion parking lot and in certain sections on Washington Street. Woodbury’s Police Department will be on hand to help direct traffic.
The Candlelight Ceremony is being sponsored by the City of Woodbury, along with Excess ReInsurance, Inspira Medical Center, Patient First, Bell Lake and The White House Management Companies, Ruggieri & Partners, Charles Fiore, Esq., Tom Dukalow, Tire Corral, and Bellia Print & Design.
The Merchants Association of Woodbury will hold its annual Memorial Day observance, scheduled to take place at the memorials located throughout the City’s parks. Observance begins at 8:15 am at Hendrickson Park (Evergreen Ave and Cooper Street).
Edit: Photos added 6/3/16