L/CPL Robert J. Slattery, Marine Corps League Det #206, NEWSLETTER, Dec 2018 - #7
Veteran's Day, November 11th, 2018

On Veteran's Day, November 11th, there were a lot of nice things happening to veterans across the United States. Free haircuts, dinners and discounts were enjoyed by these warriors young and old. Around here the veterans of this area started off the day either having breakfast at Friendly's or getting a haircut at Great Clips or Super Cuts. It was cold and a little bit windy but bright and nice.

At 11am, 35 veterans and spouses met outside the American Legion Post 155 in Whippany for their annual Veteran's Day Ceremony. The ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer and a moment of silence by the Legion Chaplain. Then a short speech by the Master of Ceremonies. It finished off with speeches by Eddie Moscariello the Commander of the VFW, the Commander of the American Legion and Tom Miller the Commandant of the Slattery Detachment Marine Corps League.

Slattery members who were at the ceremony and lunch consisted of Tony Oszmianski, Mike Dougherty, Eddie Moscariello, Norm Nutt, Al Muzeni, Char Cosgrove and Tom Miller. Good turn out Slattery.

After the ceremony the American Legion hosted a lunch consisting of sandwiches of roast beef, ham and/or turkey along with cheese, pickles, potato chips and other miscellaneous items. Many of the veterans who were at the ceremony then went to Applebees, Charlie Browns or Arthur's for a lunch or dinner. The day was a fine honor to our veterans local or a far.

Semper Fi,

Tom Miller

The Great War, or the War to End All Wars

Sunday, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the Memorial and Veterans Day Association of Morristown and Morris Township gathered on the Morristown Green to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I

The Great War, or the War to End All Wars, was the first truly global conflict and the first war fought with modern weapons, giving rise to the machine guns, tanks, gas attacks, and trench warfare.

The Morristown High School buglers started the program by playing the national anthem. James Cavanaugh then introduced Stanley Kasiski, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery, for the reading of the names of the 26 Morris area residents killed in WWI.

The honor guard from the 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery fired a salute, as the Morristown High School Buglers played Taps.

After an introduction by Mayors Tim Dougherty of Morristown and Peter Mancuso of Morris Township, Dr. Elizabeth M. Norman, PhD, spoke about the extraordinary contributions women made to World War II.

Seventy nurses were captured when the Japanese captured the Philippines, and through their amazing courage and persistence, all 70 lived to be rescued from the civilian internment camp where they had been held.

Re-enactors dressed in uniform showed off some of the equipment used in the war, including gas masks, a trench knife, and various rifles used on all sides - reminders that those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it.