L/CPL Robert J. Slattery, Marine Corps League Det #206, NEWSLETTER, Jul 2018 - #6
Memorial Day Flags in Cemetery

On Memorial Day, Hanover Township (the township that the Slattery Detachment is located in) holds it’s annual veteran’s parade. The Slattery Detachment always participates.

The detachment takes charge of this parade every few years and we look forward to this challenge with great anticipation. This year, the Veterans Foreign Wars was in charge.

As usual, the veterans meet at the Hanover Community Center for a nice breakfast from 7 am to 8:30 am. Eggs, potatos, sweet rolls, bacon, sausage, tea and coffee are provided by the VFW and served by their auxiliary. There were about 100 people there along with our local Police Department members.

After breakfast we move over to Hanover Veterans Memorial located about 100 yards to the south and next to the Hanover Town Hall. There a short ceremony is held and then off to the area near the Whippany Park High School were the parade starts at 9:30 am.

We had about a dozen riding or walking in the parade this year. The parade is about 1.5 to 2 miles and ends up at the American Legion for a patriotic service featuring a guest speaker. This years speaker was a hometown boy who is stationed at West Point as an instructor. When the speeches are done everyone moves to the rear of the building for hotdogs, birch beer, beer and ice-cream. This years hotdogs were supplied locally by Wegmens of Hanover.

Gate of Heaven Cemetery East Hanover, NJ,
at the grave of LCPL Chris Cosgrove

Each year, on the Saturday before, a number of our members visit grave sites of deceased veterans and place American flags next to their head stones. We also hold brief ceremonies while we are there for several of our deceased members of the Slattery Detachment.

For the 2018 flag placement, the Slattery members were joined by various veteran groups and Troop 155 of the local Boy Scouts of American prior to going to the cemetery. Those that arrived early enough were welcomed to donuts, juice, milk and coffee prior to departing about 8:30 to preform the duties of the day.

This year our flag placement took place on May 26th at The Gates of Heaven in East Hanover. There were about a dozen of us there and we placed approximately 3 gross + (450 plus) of American Flags on the veteran graves in the cemetery sections that were assigned to us. After the sections were “flagged” we visited the graves of Chris Cosgrove and Robert Slattery and held several small ceremonies honoring our own member and our namesake. We also visited Chris Cosgroves’ grandfather as Chris had requested we do so before he went to Iraq. The 3 grave visits is a tradition on flag placing day with our members.

We were done by 10:30. After we were done, some of us went back to the American Legion for some hotdogs, chips and beer/soda. Most were back home by noon.