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We need your help. In these times, more than ever, we need to foster, encourage and promote allegiance to our country and pride of patriotism! What better way than to honor our military veterans. This December 7th marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the entry of the United States into WWII.
After the show the WWII vets will be the guests of the Somerville Elks at a banquet buffet.
Admission tickets are available to the public at $40 which includes the “Honor and Glory” musical presentation and dinner buffet with our WWII heroes.
Businesses, organizations, and the general public have always shown great support and appreciation of the sacrifices made by those who are willing to stand in defense of our great nation. Net proceeds of the event will benefit all military veterans, their families, and communities.
It is our intent to publicly recognize and appreciate the support of our donors as frequently as we are able during the promotion of our event, including enhanced efforts in behalf of our “5 Star Donor contributors”.
To participate or learn more, contact:
Ben Auletta 732-469-3983, 732-469-7778 firstname.lastname@example.org
“Honor and Glory”
Our Planned program – note to sponsors.
Dec 7, 1941 “A day that will live in infamy” (President Roosevelt radio address to the Nation)
On that date 75 years ago we lost 2,400 Americans killed and 1,200 wounded and the U.S. was propelled into World War II. More than 16 million Americans served in the conflicts in 1941 to 1945. In June 2013 more than 1.7 million veterans were still living. (11% of the total that served)
Today 697,806 (4% of those that served) are still alive. Less than 18,000 of them live in New Jersey. Within 4 1/2 years (2021), the youngest living World War II veterans will reach age 100. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that 430 American World War II veterans, approximately 1 every 3 minutes, are dying every day.
Edward Harcarik - age 21 Died on July 25th, 1944 when his ship was torpedoed sailing between South Africa and Brazil. Lived in Raritan, NJ. Photo courtesy of http://www.raritan-online.com/harcarik.htm
We have secured the services of an award-winning women’s chorus from Sweet Adelines International, Jersey Harmony Chorus, to create and perform a special show just for us. They will share uplifting entertainment utilizing memorable and patriotic songs from that era with all of our citizens. After the show, through the generosity of the Elks, The WWII vets will be treated to a delicious meal. Members of the public who have tickets will be seated to dine with these special men and women.
Seeking WWII veterans as our guests and plan to review and record history
Our hope is to secure as many World War II veterans as we can find throughout NJ and gather them together as our honored guests for this event. In addition, we will attempt to gain interviews with as many of these special people as we can so that their stories can be included in the Library of Congress living history project, and possibly a planned book gathering the stories of our local veterans, so that their stories can be easily shared here at home.
Our intent is to embark on a continuous Public Relations program starting now and reaching into the day of the event on December 4, 2016. It is to include making the public aware of special events that occurred during World War II and its impact on world history, as well as making them aware of the actions that the Legion takes in support of all Veterans in need, their families, and the communities in which we reside, along with expressing our appreciation for sponsors such as you for supporting our beloved veterans. I am certain that patriotic Americans who support our military veterans are likely to support our sponsors.
American Legion Post seeking event sponsors
If your organization would like to be part of this very special group of sponsors who join us in this endeavor, please contact me, Ben Auletta, president of the Board of Trustees of Giles-Biondi American Legion Post 63 of Bound Brook at 732-469-3983, or 732-469-7 778. I can also be reached through e-mail at post63boundBrook@Gmail.com
Also appreciate your assistance in locating and getting us into contact with any World War II veterans that might have a contact with your organization. Perhaps allowing us to post a notice or flyer at your location might be fruitful in this endeavor.
While the primary purpose of this event is to show our appreciation to our remaining World War II veterans who sacrificed so much for our nation, we see it as an opportunity to further our mission of encouraging patriotism, and lastly as an opportunity to raise funds for continuing service to our veterans and our country. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from this event will be used by our American Legion post to facilitate our mission to provide services for active and veteran military personnel and their families as well as to contribute to the well-being of our nation and our community.