Location Cookies Tavern, 2654 S Alder St, Philadelphia, PA,
Annual USMC Birthday Party at Cookies Tavern, Philadelphia, PA. Party all day long. Join the fun !!
Sunday, November 10th, 2013. Marine Corps 238 Birthday at Cookies Tavern, 2654 South Alder St., Philadelphia, PA. Flyer says noon but we’ll be ready to go @ 10am!
Only $45 for Cookies Tavern filled merchandise bag & guest wristband for outside keg trucks/food. Live bands/DJs.
2011 Video from USMC Birthday at Cookies tavern..
See article from previous USMC birthday at Cookies below….
Shouts of “Happy Birthday, Marine!” and “Semper Fi!” filled the air last Saturday as thousands of Marines converged at Cookie’s Tavern on 10th & Oregon Avenue to celebrate the 232nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps. And since the nativity of the Corps began in a colonial Philadelphia bar at The Tun Tavern on Nov. 10, 1775, it is so very fitting to have this remarkable annual event take place in a South Philadelphia bar.
Synonymous with the event is the late James R. “Daddy Wags” Wagner, requiescat in pace 2002. His daughter Marion Wagner’s face lights up as bright as a moonbeam at the mention of her legendary father’s name. “This is all word of mouth,” she informs me as she waves her arms east and west. “First it was two, then 10, then 100, then 1000! It just grew, maybe 2000 today.” What would your father impart upon us if he were still in the physical world? I ask. “Freedom is not free. He always said and meant those words. My father wanted every American to know that.”
The first Marine Birthday was celebrated in 1923 at Fort Mifflin, but I’m curious about the origin of the teeming sea of Red and Gold on Oregon Avenue. Charlie Simpson, Wagner’s cousin, was there from the very beginning. “This bar, Cookie’s Tavern, originally belonged to Wag’s uncle, Bill ‘Cookie’ Cook. We were a few years out of the Marine Corps. I walked into Cookie’s on Nov. 10, 1969 and I saw Wags there all by himself, having a beer. He said, ‘Let’s drink a beer to the Marines’ birthday. We should do this again the next year but tell everyone we know.’ So it went from two to 10 to what you see today; that’s how it started and then grew.” In 1977, Wager bought the bar but kept the name in honor of his uncle and officially declared the birthday party as an annual event.
Deputy Inspector Tony Boyle and retired-from-South Detective Joe O’Hara, along with attorney Mike Wallace, were friends with Daddy Wags for more than 30 years. “It was 1978. I was patrolling the area in the 402 wagon. I knew something was going on, on Alder Street,” Inspector Boyle relates. “So I stopped. There were no complaints or anything. Wags came out of the bar with a first anniversary t-shirt and a mug and gave it to me. I still have the t-shirt.” O’Hara comes up with a great idea: “Have the shirt framed and hang it in a place of honor.” Wallace opens up about the fraternal familiarity he’s experienced. “Wags was my brother, always will be my brother. He always said, ‘If you want to be a bear, be a grizzly.’” In the crowd I saw Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient Jon R. Cavaiani. “I flew in from Columbia, Cal., an old gold-mining town, population 55,000.” He wore the medal proudly around his neck and was surrounded by Marines who wanted a snapshot with him. To me, that medal is worth more than all the gold in those old mines.
The Army is also represented among his close friends. Richie Strohm, of Richard T. Strohm and Associates, goes way back. “In 1968, Wags wanted his Airborne Wings. He went to Fort Benning, Ga. I was his instructor. He passed the test. We’ve been friends ever since.” Retired Marine Captain Tom “Pittzy” Pitts instantly bonded with Wagner in 1997. “I told him about the Toys for Tots program and he dove right in. We found out he died 10 minutes before the Toys for Tots run that Saturday morning Nov. 5, 2002. I immediately got the microphone and re-named the race The Annual Daddy Wags Toys for Tots Run.”
After Wagner’s passing, his buddies spontaneously formed “Wag’s Platoon”. Southern Hall of Fame athlete Kenny Adams disclosed that no formal contract with the city was ever had for the party. “The police re-routed traffic, but that was about it. We wanted to get and keep the City involved. The Platoon got together at Marion’s to make sure the party stayed alive. I went to John Dougherty of Local 98 and told him of our needs. Now Doc always gives toys to the Toys for Tots program there and was very supportive. I, along with Mary-Rita D’Alessandro, became liaisons with the city. We got the stage, sound system, port-a-potties and trash pick-up permits.”
Thirty years later, the celebration has taken a life of its own, and is going strong. Around the world Marines celebrate their day, but only in Philadelphia will you find the spirit of the Tun Tavern in Cookie’s Tavern thriving with esprit de corps. Oorah!
|Events||10/03/2014 VA Congressional Investigative Hearing - open to public - Pemberton - Philadelphia's Veterans Affairs benefits office, which has been under national scrutiny for months, is scheduled to be the focus of a congressional investigative hearing in New Jersey on Oct. 3. The hearing of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs is set to probe whether administrators at the Germantown office have corrected problems that came to light this summer when whistle-blowers alleged widespread mismanagement there, organizers said. It will also delve into the facility's "management and leadership, claims processing, and employee morale," according to an invitation sent to the head of the VA and the agency's inspector general by Rep. Jon Runyan (R., N.J.), chairman of the subcommittee on disability assistance and memorial affairs. The benefits office - which processes claims for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, and pensions for more than a dozen states - is being investigated by the VA Office of Inspector General on allegations that staff manipulated dates on claims to hide delays. Kristen Ruell, a whistle-blower who has worked at the office for seven years and has previously testified before lawmakers, said she had been invited to speak. Representatives from the VA and Inspector General's Office are also expected to attend, according to a staffer from the House committee. The hearing is open to the public and scheduled for 11 a.m. at Burlington County College's Pemberton Campus, 601 Pemberton-Browns Mills Rd., Pemberton Township. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20140920_Congressional_hearing_on_Philly_VA_is_set_for_Oct__3_in_Pemberton__N_J_.html#Dy5ozjWlIZ0SgLCm.99 Location: Burlington County College’s Pemberton Campus, 601 Pemberton-Browns Mills Rd, Pemberton, NJ||10/04/2014 - 10/05/2014 IRON and STEEL-NYC to Quantico - On 4 Oct, 2014, the Fire Department New York-Marine Corps Association presents; "IRON and STEEL-NYC to Quantico". The Iron and Steel Team will transport, under escort, 2 sections of World Trade Center Steel from Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA. 4 Oct will be the escort, with a parade/ceremony and reception on 5 Oct. Times on Sunday TBA. Registration begins at 0530hrs at the Ryan Visitors Center, Floyd Bennett Field on 4 October, or pre-register online. For details regarding this historic event, or to register online, please go to our website. You may also register at the Molly Pitcher Service Area in NJ or the Maryland House Service Area in MD. Arrival times for these stops are on the website. Hope to see you at Floyd Bennett Field!! The Iron and Steel Team www.IronandSteelUSMC.org Location: Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY, 50 Aviation Road, Brooklyn, New York, 11234, Northeast||10/04/2014 Silverton Fire Co. Motorcycle Run & Fall Festival - The day begins with a 80 to 100-mile motorcycle/classic car Poker Run! Registration for the run is from 9am to 11am at Charlie Browns (11 Kettle Creek Road - Toms River next to fire house) Prizes will be awarded for the three best poker hands... Community Festival from 11am - 6pm! Featuring: Music by a hot local band- All Day Free Inflatable Children's Rides Face Painting for the kids Food, Beer & Wine will be Sold Fire Equipment Displays & Extrications Demonstrations Fire Truck Rides Police Demos from the Canine & Motorcycle Units Craft and Community Vendors This event is Sponsored by the Silverton Volunteer Fire Company And Ladies Auxiliary. Contact 732-255-1122 Email: email@example.com Location: Silverton Volunteer Fire Company, 15 Kettle Creek Rd, Toms River, NJ||10/04/2014 AMVETS 101 Poker Run and Pig Roast - Double your pleasure—- Poker Run in the morning sponsored by the AMVETS Riders, pig roast in the afternoon sponsored by the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. Basket Auction, Moon Bounce, Face Painting, $1000 Drawing, Drink Specials, Door Prizes, Live Entertainment by "The Audios". RIDERS: $25 per rider/$15 per passenger. (includes Pig Roast). Poker Run - Kick stands up at 10am. Pig Roast is from 2pm-7pm. Pig Roast Only - $30 per couple/$20 per adult/ $10 age 12 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or over. Benefiting Anna Foundation: a 501(c)3 dedicated to the enhancement of education for developmentally challenged children. Come out and support a great cause!!! Location: AM Vets Post 101, 519 June Rd, Delair, NJ||10/04/2014 LCpl Jon T. Hicks 2nd Annual Memorial Run - The run starts at USS NJ Lodge #62, 1201 Haddonfield-Berlin Rd. in Cherry Hill. Registration is from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and the motorcycles leave at 12:00 pm. Free t-shirt to the first 20 registrants. The run is to support a memorial scholarship fund in the name of LCpl Jon T Hicks. For more information call (609) 784-6485, or go to http://facebook.com/#!/events/186006888267268. Location: USS NJ Lodge #62, 1201 Haddonfield-Berlin Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ||10/04/2014 5th Annual Pig Roast - Nam Knights - CJ Chapter - Saturday, October 4, 2014. 1pm-6pm at VFW Post 491, 9 Fisher Place, Yardville, NJ. Live Music by GUNSMOKE. Lots of food, beer, soda, water, 50/50, Chinese Auction, Trophy for best represented club, Vendors and much more! Donation $25 in advanace. $30 at door. For tickets contact any Central Jersey Nam Knight member or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Location: VFW Post 491, 9 Fisher Place, Yardville, NJ||10/04/2014 GI's of Comedy Performance - Come enjoy a special evening of laughs with the GIs of Comedy. These Veterans are still serving our country, one joke at a time. All of the proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to these Veteran Entrepreneurs. Show your support and enjoy a laugh at the same time. Networking/cocktail reception event prior to the performance. Sat Oct 4 at Temple University, 1913 N Broad St, Owl Cove @ Mitten Hall. 6-7pm Cocktail hour. 7-9pm GIs of Comedy Perform. Limited seating. Get your tickets at http://gisofcomedy.eventbrite.com Location: Temple University, 1913 N Broad St, Owl Cove @ Mitten Hall, Philadelphia, PA||10/04/2014 1st Saturday Covered Dish Night - VFW Glassboro - First Saturday Covered Dish NightGlassboro Memorial Post275 Wilmer StreetGlassboro, NJ 08028Saturday, October 4th, 2014 -- 7 PMWith Greg ArmstrongFeaturing the Seductive Sounds of Greg Armstrong. Enjoy Greg Armstrong with his warm resonant, smooth style and on spot delivery as he pays tribute to Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, & Bobby Darin. Bring your favorite “Italian” dish to share! Please come out and support the Post and enjoy the Camaraderie of your fellow Veterans. Invite your friends! Please bring toiletries (tooth paste, shampoo, bath soap, etc.) to donate to our VETERANS at Vineland Veterans Home Location: VFW Glassboro, 275 Wilmer, Glassboro, NJ||10/05/2014 9th Annual Ride for Autism Speaks, Philadelphia||10/05/2014 Firefighter Daniel Sweeney 5K Run & 1 mile Walk - Daniel Sweeney 5K + 1 mile walk. Sunday, Oct 5th. Pennypack Park, Pine Rd. Http://www.danielsweeneyfund.org . Firefighter Daniel Sweeney 5k Run Memorial Scholarship Fund <---click on link for details and registration form. Daniel Sweeney graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School in 2005. After deciding that he did not want to attend college at that time, he applied for the Philadelphia Fire Department and began the Fire Academy in July 2006. In February, 2007, he was assigned to Ladder 10 at Kensington and Castor Avenues. Early on Easter Monday morning, April 9, 2012, Ladder 10 was dispatched to a 5-alarm warehouse fire. After the fire was declared under control, Daniel and his company were checking the interior of a furniture store. While they were in the store, the warehouse wall collapsed, killing Daniel and his lieutenant. The Daniel Sweeney Memorial Scholarship Fund was established when kind-hearted citizens sent the family money. The purpose of the fund is to assist families whose children are attending an Archdiocesan high school. The Firefighter Daniel Sweeney Memorial Scholarship is open to all students, without regard to race, sex, national origin or religious beliefs. Our only intent is to help families with the education of their children. A selection committee has been established and all scholarships will be awarded based on the financial need and merit of the applicants. Location: Penny Packer Park, .., Philadelphia, PA||10/05/2014 Frost on the Pumpkin Ride - Blue Knights MC - Registration FROM 9-11 AM at McDonalds of Hazlet at the intersection of RT 35 South and HAZLET AVE. ALL BIKES AND CLUBS WELCOME - WALK IN’S AT END SITE ALSO WELCOME $15. Pre– Registration and pay only $15 rider $10 passenger - Register day of $20 Rider $15 Passenger. PAY ONLINE WITH PAYPAL @ BLUEKNIGHTS15.COM OR MAIL YOUR CHECK TO: NJBK15 2435 HWY 34 BOX 286 MANASQUAN NJ 08736 - INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. Includes food, live music and door prizes.RIDE TO BENEFIT: U.S. ARMY LT. BRIAN BRENNAN STANDS ALONE FOUNDATION & BKNJXV charities. Come support a local hero & local charity aimed at helping other injured US Veterans. END SITE: American Legion 2025 Church Road Toms River NJ. AWARDS FOR OLDEST RIDER, YOUNGEST RIDER, FURTHEST RIDER AND BEST REPRESENTED CLUB. Sponsored by NJ Blue Knights #15 International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. Rain Date SUNDAY, OCT 5TH, 2014. Blueknights15.com Location: McDonalds, Rt 35 & Hazlet Ave, Hazlet, NJ||10/05/2014 Patriot Ride Poker Run - Red Knights MC - The Patriot Ride Poker Run starts at Atlantic County Harley Davidson and takes you through Atlantic, Cumberland and Cape May Counties. The final destination is the Cape May County Airport just across the street from the Cape May Brewery. Registration is 9am - 11am at AC Harley. $20 per rider, $10 per passenger. Includes BBQ, water, iced tea, Live music by Crashing Saturn, Bike Games, Door Prizes, Chinese Auction, Vendors. Proceeds benefit the Forgotten Warriors Museum also located in the Cape May County Airport.Phone:6098463648 Email: email@example.com Location: Poker Run, 219 E White Horse Pike, Galloway, NJ||10/05/2014 Ride for Autism Speaks||10/05/2014 Wantage Township 2014 7th Annual Veterans Memorial Car, Truck & Bike Show - The Wantage Township 2014 7th Annual Veterans Memorial Car, Truck & Bike Show will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 (Rain Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014) from 11am to 4pm at Woodbourne Veterans Memorial Park, 145 Sherman Ridge Road, Wantage, NJ 07461. The 2014 Show proceeds will be donated to The American Legion Charles Auberger NJ Post 213, Wantage, NJ. Come spend the day! Free spectator admission, but donations of non-perishable items for local food pantry would be greatly appreciated. Food & cold refreshments available all day, live music, door prizes, 50/50, tricky tray. Trophies awarded in multiple classes for cars, motorcycles & trucks. $15 pre-registration by 9/29/14, $20 day of show, registration from 11am to 1pm, goodie bags to first 100 registrants. Vendors wanted, registration $20, must be set up by 10:00am, no power available. Flyer/Registration/Vendor form available at http://wantagerec.com/veterans_memorial/images/2014CarShowFlyer.pdf. For more information visit http://wantagerec.com/veterans_memorial/car_show/car_show.htm or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Chris at 973-352-9203. Location: Woodbourne Veterans Memorial Park, 145 Sherman Ridge Road, Wantage, New Jersey, 07461, Sussex County||10/06/2014 Battleship New Jersey Golf Tournament - Monday, Oct. 6 at Sea Oaks Country Club in Little Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. Great time and includes lunch, dinner, cocktails, lots of prizes, and some outstanding golf on a great course. Plus funds from this event will go to the on-going preservation and restoration of our nation’s most decorated battleship! Register and pay by August 15 and save $15 on the Battleship golf package! To register, visit www.battleshipnewjersey.org or call 866-877-6262 ext. 144. Location: Sea Oaks Country Club, ., Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ||10/07/2014 Hall for Rent - Perfect for your holiday party, birthday, baby shower and more! - Our facility is conveniently located at 1532 Martin Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ. We are close to all major highways (Rt 70, Rt 295, Rt 38 and Rt73. Our facility is located on the 1st floor, wheelchair accessible, seating for 100, wifi, has a full kitchen and ice machine. For more information, including pricing, go to http://www.alch372.com/hall-rental/ Location: American Legion Cherry Hill, 1532 Martin Ave, Cherry Hill, NJ||10/09/2014 SJ Regional Veterans Resource & Opportunity Fair - Services will be expanded to include vendors that provide assistance with Employment, Homelessness, PTSD, and Criminal Justice initiatives Atlantic City, NJ – The American Legion and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian will host a Veteran Resource and Opportunity Fair to bring together South Jersey Veterans with service organizations and employers that can assist and enhance the lives of the brave men and women that defend our freedom. This event, tailored to Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, Veterans, and their families is looking for vendors and providers to join the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and many others that provide services for homelessness, mental health issues, and veterans’ affairs in general. The NJ State Parole Board will be present to discuss various criminal justice initiatives that will benefit veterans. The NJ Division on Civil Rights, under the NJ Office of the Attorney General, will present on the NJ Law Against Discrimination as it pertains to the veteran's community. Also invited to present from the federal government are the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the US Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP), under the US Department of Labor. Sponsored by The American Legion, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, The State of New Jersey Co-sponsored by the New Jersey Parole Board and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs WHEN: Thursday, October 9, 2014 9:00 am – 1:00 pm WHERE: All Wars Memorial Building (Old Soldiers Home) 1510 Adriatic Ave., Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401 RSVP – EMPLOYERS, SERVICE PROVIDERS - Employers with current job openings or entities that can offer services MUST PRE-REGISTER With Martin Houston, State Parole Board, at VeteranReentry@spb.state.nj.us or call 609-984-4588. RSVP – VETERANS - All Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, Veterans, and their spouses are encouraged to pre-register but “WALK-INS” are welcome! Mr. & Ms. New Jersey Veteran – The event will include competition and judging for the title of Mr. & Ms. New Jersey Veteran. The participants will be the finalists from the three previous Resource & Opportunity Fairs’ competition. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT NO LATER THAN 10/03/14 AS SPACE IS LIMITED! Location: All Wars Memorial Building, 1510 Adriatic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ||10/09/2014 NJ Mission of Honor Ceremony - 7 Veterans||10/11/2014 - 10/12/2014 4th Annual Ride & Run to Remember - 911 LEO's||10/11/2014 Riders Rodeo - American Legion - Saturday, October 11th, 2014 – Riders Rodeo. 12noon – 5pm. Music, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Salads, etc – Draft Beer, Soda, Water – Trophies – Plank Run, Weiny Bite, Keg Roll, Tire Toss, Balloon Toss, Slow Drags. Tickets available at door and in advance. $20. Contact Art at email@example.com Location: American Legion Cherry Hill, 1532 Martin Ave, Cherry Hill, NJ||10/11/2014 GOLD STAR FAMILY ESCORT 2nd ANNUAL RETREAT - Warriors Watch Mission - Michael Strange Foundation escort Gold Star Families to a recognition dinner on Saturday, October 11. This is the highlight of the three day retreat weekend where Gold Star families get together to support each other, meet with counselors, and attend seminars. To learn more about the Michael Strange Foundation, check out the website at: http://www.michaelstrangefoundation.org/ Anyone wishing to participate in the escort should report to the Bolero Hotel, 3320 Atlantic Ave, Wildwood, NJ, by 5:15pm. We will depart around 5:45 and head to a local establishment for a ceremony and dinner. After the ceremony and dinner, we will escort the families back to the hotel. RALLY TIME: 5:15 PM LOCATION: BOLERO RESORT 3320 ATLANTIC AVE WILDWOOD, NJ 08260 KSU: 5:45 PM More information and update http://www.warriorswatch.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=1012 Location: BOLERO RESORT, 3320 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ||10/11/2014 Brothers in Blue MC - 2nd Annual Peoples Choice Charity Event - Brothers In Blue MC, NJ "Jersey Devil" Chapter / Elks MC "Millville" Chapter. This will be a Beef & Beverage event. Money raised will go to three local charities. $25.00 per person in advance and $30.00 at the door. Cost of the event includes food, soda, coffee. There will be a DJ & Dancing, Chinese Auction, Door Prizes and contests. This is a special event and seating will be limited. Please Contact "Gimp" at 856-362-0739 for tickets or questions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Location: Charity Event, 1815 E. Broad Street, Millville, NJ||10/12/2014 32nd Annual Toy Run Benefiting Special Needs Children - A.B.A.T.E. of the Garden State SouthWest Chapter and Archway Programs. Grand Marshal Congressman Jon Runyon Sign-Up 9 – 11:45 AM at Peachtree Plaza (Old Jamesway Lot) Rt. 30 E. at Rt. 206 in Hammonton, NJ Donation: $15.00 per Person, $12.00 per Passenger + Toy or CD or Video & 1 Canned Good Final Destination: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1616 1940 N Black Horse Pike, Williamstown Donation provides admission to VFW, Food and 1 Soda\Water (Add’l Beverages Available, Discounted, a La Carte) CARS & TRUCKS WELCOME!!!!!! LIVE MUSIC by Commodore Fish Dish Also Harvest Moondog VFW GATES OPEN from Noon – 4 PM For More Information Please Visit Our Web Site at: www.gardenstateabate.org Contact Info for A.B.A.T.E.: Bob (856) 768-3096 or Frank (856) 753-5552 Contact Info for Archway: Barbara Hill (856) 767-5757 x219, Barbara.Hill@archwayprograms.org Location: Peachtree Plaza, Rt 30 at Rt 206, Hammonton, NJ||10/18/2014 Glassboro VFW Ladies Auxiliary “SOCK HOP OLDIES NIGHT” - Glassboro VFW Ladies Auxiliary “SOCK HOP OLDIES NIGHT” Glassboro Memorial VFW Post 679 275 Wilmer Street Glassboro, NJ 08028 Saturday, October 18, 2014 7-11 PM $25.00 per person ($30 after October 1st) Buffet, Salads, Dessert. Beer & Wine included Dancing -- DJ Come & join us for a good time! For tickets contact: Dolores: 856-223-9895 Cindi Wiener: 856-696-4296 Ladies Auxiliary: 856-243-5000 Please make checks payable to Glassboro VFW Ladies Auxiliary Location: VFW Glassboro, 275 Wilmer, Glassboro, NJ||10/19/2014 Affects of Agent Orange on Children - Town Hall Mtg - TOWN HALL MEETING, Sunday, October 19, 2014. THE AFFECTS OF AGENT ORANGE ON OUR CHILDREN & GRANDCHILDREN TIME:2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.THE TOWN HALL MEETING WILL BE AN INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION BY THOSE FAMILIES AFFECTED BY VIETNAM VETERANS EXPOSURE TO TOXIC HERBICIDES. WE HOPE THAT THE STORIES PRESENTED AND THE INPUT FROM OUR PANEL OF EXPERTS WILL GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF THE HARDSHIPS ENDURED BY OUR CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN AND BY THE PARENTS OF THEIR DAILY STRUGGLES TO COPE WITH THE BURDENS OF ILLNESSES CAUSED BY TOXIC HERBICIDES. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE FAMILIES WILLING TO SPEAK ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES. IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WILLING TO PRESENT THEIR STORY, PLEASE LET ME OR VINCE KNOW SO WE CAN REACH OUT TO THEM.FOR INFORMATION – CONTACT MIKE ECKSTEIN, CHAIRMAN AGENT ORANGE/DIOXIN COMMITTEE (PHONE – 201-803-2943, EMAIL – ME1065@VERIZON.NET) LOCAL WILDWOOD AREA CONTACT VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA CHAPTER 955 ATTN: VINCE DePRINZIO (PHONE – 609-827-7062, EMAIL – FOOBOO220@EMAIL.COM) Location: American Legion Post 184, Roberts & Atlantic Aves, Wildwood, NJ||10/22/2014 Hiring our Heros - Toms River NJ - Join us Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a job fair for veteran job seekers, active duty military members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses at The American Legion Post 129, 2025 Church Road, Toms River, NJ 02857. Event Schedule: 8:30 a.m. Employment Workshop 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Hiring Fair REGISTRATION ► Job Seekers, Employers, and Service Organizations: Click here to register. If you have any other questions, please visit our FAQ page or email us at email@example.com. Location: American Legion Post 129, 2025 Church Rd, Toms River, NJ||10/25/2014 6th Annual Police Survivors 5K Run/1K Walk - FOP Lodge 5 and the Phila Police Dept present the 6th Annual Police Survivors 5K run and 1 mile fun walk. Sat, Oct 25th. Starts and Ends at Phila Police Academy, 8501 State Rd, Phila. PA. Sign in and day of registration will begin at 8:30am. $25 pre registration. $30 after Oct 17th sign up and day of event. More details and to register go to http://www.fop5.org/pdfs/runwalk14.pdf Location: Phila Police Academy, 8501 State Rd, Philadelphia, PA||10/25/2014 Annual Cooper Kids Toy Run - Chrome Riders - 20th Annual Toy Run. Please bring An unwrapped toy. Line up begins at 9am. KSU at 11am. Please join us afterwards back at the Rocking Stone Grill and Pub for a discounted Lunch.Contact: Mark Polo / Ed Smith Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Location: Rocking Stone Pub & Grill, 2001 South Delaware Ave, Paulsboro, NJ||10/25/2014 10th Annual MCLEF Phila Gala - Mark your calendars! Details to follow Location: Crystal Tea Room, 100 S. Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA, 19107||10/25/2014 Rochelle Park NJ American Legion Post 170 Riders Beefsteak Fundraiser - Riders Beefsteak Fundraiser Saturday October 25. Tickets available now at Post 170 lounge and day of event. Proceeds go to help our veterans and American Legion programs. Location: Rochelle Park American Legion Post 170, 33 West Passaic St, Rochelle Park, New Jersey, 07662||10/25/2014 Fall Bash - Centurions MC Phila Chptr - Centurions MC Fall Bash. DJ Music, Beer, Wine, Soda, Food, Cash Bar, Door Prizes, 50/50. 8pm - Midnight at Heroes Ballroom, FOP Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Rd, Philadelphia, PA. $30 per person. Contact Frank at 267-228-0804 Location: FOP Lodge #5, 11630 Caroline Road, Philadelphia, PA||10/26/2014 Welcome Home Lt Col Arnstein - Amer Leg Cherry Hill - Welcome Home Escort & Flag Line at the Legion. On Sunday, October 26, 2014, the family of Lt Col Jesse Arnstein USAF will be holding a Welcome Home Celebration for him at the American Legion. He is returning from a deployment in Afghanistan. We will be providing a motorcycle escort & flag line for Lt Col Arnstein. If interested in participating in the Flag Line at the American Legion, be at the Legion by 12:30pm and join us, CHFD, members of our Legion and friends by forming flag line. If interested in participating in the Motorcycle Escort, be at the Legion by 11:45am. Motorcycles will depart at approx. 12:00 noon to pick up Lt Col Arnstein at his home in Voorhees, NJ and bring him back to the Legion for his party. Local dignitaries to be there to present Lt Col Arnstein with proclamations and thank him for his service. Location: American Legion Cherry Hill, 1532 Martin Ave, Cherry Hill, NJ, 08002||11/02/2014 Medal of Honor recipient, Jon Cavaiani, funeral service - Phila and Arlington Natl Cemetery - Services for SGM(Ret) Jon Cavaiani: Sunday, 11/2/14 1pm to 4pm Reilly Funeral Home, 2632 East Allegheny Avenue Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19134 (215) 739-1777 Wednesday, 11/5/14 12:45pm Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, VA 22211 877-907-8585 Location: Reilly Funeral Home, 2632 East Allegheny Avenue, Philadelphia, PA||11/05/2014 Medal of Honor recipient, Jon Cavaiani, funeral service - Phila and Arlington Natl Cemetery - SGM(Ret) Jon Cavaiani burial at Arlington Cemetery: Wednesday, 11/5/14 12:45pm Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, VA 22211 Location: Reilly Funeral Home, 2632 East Allegheny Avenue, Philadelphia, PA||11/08/2014 Patriots MC Pancake Breakfast - All You Can Pancake Breakfast Adults: $10.00 Children: $5.00 Under 5: Free Menu: Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs, Coffee, Tea, & Juice All proceeds to benefit veterans and their families. Location: Red Hill Fire Company, 82 E 5th St, Red Hill, PA, 18076, Montgomery County||11/09/2014 Coach Bingo - VFW Westville - Doors open at 12. Games start at 1pm. More info https://www.facebook.com/events/1511115785800547/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming Location: VFW Westville, 640 Tacoma Blvd, Westville, NJ||11/09/2014 Camden County Veterans Day Ceremony 2014 - Sunday, November 9th, 2014 - Camden County Veterans Day Ceremony - 1pm at Veterans Island, Cooper River Park, Pennsauken, NJ. Location: Veterans Island, North Park Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ||11/09/2014 Run for the Vets - Amer Leg Somers Pt - 1:00 pm - 15 annual ride. Great Food, door prizes, 50/50 ,live music and draft beer, soda, water for $20 pp Contact: PAULg Phone:609-214-5864 Location: American Legion Somers Point, a, Somers Point, NJ||11/10/2014 USMC Birthday at Cookies Tavern - Cookies Tavern - USMC Birthday - Tuns Tavern - Annual USMC Birthday Party at Cookies Tavern, Philadelphia, PA. Party all day long. Join the fun !! Marine Corps 238 Birthday at Cookies Tavern, 2654 South Alder St., Philadelphia, PA. Location: Cookies Tavern, 2654 S Alder St, Philadelphia, PA||11/15/2014 Rutgers Military Appreciation Day Football Game - All current military personnel and Veterans,as well as their families and friends, are invited to attend the Rutgers Football Military Appreciation Day football game against Indiana on November 15 at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway.Discount tickets are available for $30. As of July 1, Rutgers became a member of the Big Ten Conference. For more information, contact Andrew Granozio at Rutgers at 732-907-1583 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: Rutgers Stadium, Route 18/River Road, Piscataway, NJ/Middlesex||11/15/2014 Cpl Marc T Ryan 5K Memorial Run/Walk - In memory of Cpl. Marc T. Ryan, USMC. Race day registration start - 7:30am. New USATF Certified Course. Long Sleeve Colored T-Shirts for the first 300 registrants or while supplies last. Post race food & beverages. After race block celebration, Cpl. Ryan Tribute, Big Jim dedication, Honor Roll call. Race Starts at Max's/VFW/Sportsman AC, 27-29 N. Burlington & Hudson Streets, Gloucester City, NJ. More information and to register, go to http://lmsports.com/ All runners, Spectators, Event Staff MUST park their vehicles at Hudson and N. King Streets in the city parking lot. There is NO parking at the Fire Department or in the lot next to Fire Department. Allow 5-minute walk from parking area to START point. It is flat, fast, and a USATF Certified course. The course will be police-controlled and will pass the monument area where a monument stands in memory of Cpl. Marc T. Ryan, USMC. The Cpl. Marc T. Ryan Memorial/MC-LEF 5K Run/Walk will be professionally timed by LMsports and results will be posted immediately following the race. Race Day registration (Nov. 15) starting 7:30am at 27 N. Burlington Street. ONLINE Registration closes 10pm Thursday, Nov. 13. http://lmsports.com/ If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at email@example.com Some photos from previous years below.. Location: Max’s/VFW/Sportsman AC, 27-29 Burlington & Hudson Sts, Gloucester City, nJ||11/27/2014 Calling all Troops for Thanksgiving Dinner - Calling all Troops for Thanksgiving Dinner and Entertainment. Thursday, November 27, 2014 10am. Come aboard and enjoy a full course turkey dinner on our nations most decorated battleship. After dinner, fight off your turkey coma with entertainment and music by DJ Steward. Come celebrate with the crew of the Battleship New Jersey, Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders, teh Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs, Andreottis Catering, and our event host, the Spevak Family. Free parking in Lot 1. Active military should assemble in the Visitors Center upon arrival. Questions, call 866-877-6262 ext 144 Location: Battleship New Jersey, 100 Clinton St., Camden, NJ, 08103||11/27/2014 Thanksgiving for the Troops - Cheer and Greet Troops - Calling all Volunteers to Cheer on and Greet Our Troops This Thanksgiving Day. Thursday, November 27, 2014 10am. Rain or Shine - on the pier of the Battleship New JerseyFree Parking in Lot #1, diagonal from the Susquehannna Bank Center. Bring your holiday cheer and greet our troops as they arrive for a tradition full course turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. Help us honor Active Duty Military and their families aboard our nations most decorated battleship. Join the crew of the Battleship New Jersey, Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs, Andreottis Catering and our event host, the Spevak family. Bring flags and posters to show your support. All volunteer greeters will enjoy refreshments and entertainment by the Original Trilby String Band. Questions, call 866-877-6262 ext 144 Location: Battleship New Jersey, 100 Clinton St., Camden, NJ, 08103||12/06/2014 7th Annual Cpt Greg Dalessio 5K Run/Walk & Flag Line - ABOUT GREG - In June 2008, Greg gave his life serving his country during combat operations in Salman Pak, Iraq. Always with a smile on his face, Greg touched the lives of others through his everyday actions and genuine kindness. Whether with family, friends, or co workers, Greg always found a way to make people feel special and important. Greg has always been a hero to his family, demonstrating how others are supposed to be treated and how to love unconditionally. If interested in participating in the 5K Run/Walk, go to http://lmsports.com to register or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. If interested in participating in the Motorcycle/Flag Line, rally at the Shopping Center Parking Lot located at Kings Highway and Chapel Ave, Cherry Hill at 7:15am. We will depart at 7:40am to go to Christ the Light Church and form flag/motorcycle line. Location: Catholic Community of Christ Our Light, 402 N. Kings Hwy, Cherry Hill, NJ|