Cookies Tavern – USMC Birthday – Tuns Tavern

Date/Time - 11/10/2013,
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!

 

 

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Location: American Legion Wayne, 55 Mountainview Blvd, Wayne, NJ


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Location: NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Exit 116, Holmdel, NJ


05/08/2015 5th Annual Charity - LCpl Jon Hicks Jr Memorial Scholarship - LCpl JON T. HICKS, JR.MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND Proceeds Benefit a Student of Hammonton HS Friday, May 8, 2015, 7:30-11:30 pm $30 Per Person BASKET AUCTION *DJ* BEER, FOOD & SODA *CASH BAR Adelphia Restaurant 1750 Clements Bridge Rd., Deptford, New Jersey (856) 845-8200 For tickets, contact Jon Hicks, Sr. (609) 760-7764, infantry.03@live.com or Sandy Worrell (856) 617-3830. TAX ID # 27-3163502
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05/09/2015 - 05/10/2015 Wheels and Wings Airshow Featuring the US Air Force Thunderbirds - Be part of the excitement as the United States Air Force THUNDERBIRDS, America’s Ambassadors in Blue, headline the Millville Wheels & Wings Airshow 2015 at Millville Airport, America’s First Defense Airport, on May 9 and 10, 2015! Feel the thunder of the powerful USAF F-16 Thunderbirds — their ONLY area appearance in 2015. Also featured is the United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, performing precision freefall demonstrations. Airshow performers include modern jets, military airplanes, historic warbirds, exciting aerobatic acts and formation flying — more than five hours of continuous aerial performances. Plus, enjoy hundreds of beautifully restored classic cars, lots of food, and great fun! Advance tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for kids, through May 1, $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under at the gate. For information, go to MillvilleAirshow.com or call (856) 327-2347.
Location: Millville Army Air Field Museum, Leddon Street, Millville, NJ


05/09/2015 Justin T. Barnabei Memorial Poker Run - Registration 8-10:45am. KSU 11am. Ride begins and ends at American Legion Post 281. Registration Location: American Legion Post 281, 2101 Chews Landing Rd., Blackwood, NJ 08012. $25/pp, $10/passenger. Cash Prize for Best Poker Hand, Raffles, Free Food, Beer, Soda/Water, music at end of run. Stops include American Legion Mullica Hill, Marlboro Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery for prayer at  Justin's Grave (12:30pm), Alloway Village Inn, American Legion Williamstown and back to the American Legion Blackwood. For tickets/questions email marge200@comcast.net or call 856-305-7262 The Justin T. Barnabei Foundations Mission Statement; Working for the betterment of children and their families affected by childhood cancer by raising awareness as well as providing emotional, financial and spiritual support and Scholarships for children from Fairfield Twp. School and Cumberland Regional High School. Justin was an 18 year old senior at Cumberland Regional High School. Justin was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia October 26, 2005. He endured four years of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, eventually going into remission. However, his leukemia returned in October 2012 resulting in a bone marrow transplant in September 2013. Additionally, Justin faced numerous medical obstacles and complications – he passed away on April 9, 2014. To the very end Justin remained an inspiration to everyone.
Location: American Legion Post 281, Black Horse Pike & Chews Landing Rd, Gloucester Township, NJ


05/09/2015 Golf Tournament to help fund Vietnam Traveling Wall Visit - Saturday, May 9, 2015. 1pm Shotgun Start, Check in starts at 11:30am. 4 Man Scramble. Games/Prizes. Dinner and Beverages included. $85/golfer. Hole Sponsor $150/hole. Registration Deadline April 30, 2015. Contact at Matthew Kessler at 484-294-5326 for more information and registration. (For more information about the Vietnam Traveling Wall Visit coming to Lehigh Valley, PA, click here
Location: Soutmoore Golf Course, 234 Moorestown Dr, Bath, PA


05/09/2015 MOH Michael Crescenz Beef and Beer Fundraiser - Beef and Beer. $30 all you can eat and drink. Saturday, May 9th at Phila National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Rd., Phila. PA. Music Entertainment, Prizes and raffles. Special guest appearance by fellow Philadelphia and Cardinal Dougherty Grad..Comedian Joe Conklin. Tickets Tom 215-744-7179  
Location: Philadelphia National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Rd, Philadelphia, PA


05/16/2015 The River Run - Forked River Fire Dept - Sponsored by Forked River Fire Department - The ride starts at Gille Park, 104 Manchester Avenue in Lanoka Harbor. Registration is from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The ride fee is $20.00 for the rider and $10.00 for a passenger. The fee includes a barbeque. The 80 mile poker run will go across the N.J. Pine Barron finishing up in Forked River with a barbeque, music, prizes, and horseshoes. In case of rain the event will take place on May 17th. For more information call (732) 598-9414
Location: Gille Park, 104 Manchester Avenue, Lanoka Harbor, NJ


05/16/2015 American Legion Post 194 Car Show - American Legion Post 194 invites you to their car show to benefit the local veterans & community of Florence, NJ. Saturday, May 16th 2015 10:00 am-2:00 pm (Raindate Sunday, May 17th 2015) Registration time: 9:00 am-11:00 am Location: American Legion Post 194 – 601 Broad St. Florence, NJ 08518 (Blacktop parking on Broad Street) Registration Fee: $15 Day of Show – All proceeds benefit Post 194 Dash Plaques to the first 100 cars. Food, Door Prizes & Featuring Music by “Cruzin Tunes” AMERICAN VEHICLES ONLY (1985 & Older) 1 Commander’s Choice Award 10 People’s Choice Awards 4 Classes, 3 Awards Per Class: -1945 & Older -1946 thru 1957 -1958 thru 1971 -1972 thru 1985 For more info, contact Dave, 609-903-1944
Location: American Legion Post 194, 601 Broad Street, Florence, NJ, 08518, Burlington County


05/16/2015 2015 Leatherneck MC Spring Bash - 2015 Annual South Jersey Leathernecks MC Spring Bash Event proceeds directly benefit military veterans of South Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Saturday May 16th from 1pm until 6pm, Gibbstown VFW Post 5597 Music-Food-Games $20 Donation Questions? call Gunny at 609-220-3574
Location: Gibbstown VFW, 437 W. Broad St, Gibbstown, NJ, 08027


05/16/2015 Fundraiser for NJ Run for the Fallen - To help cover the necessary expenses of the Run in providing support for our active-duty military Run Team, Gold Star Families and support team including overnight accommodations, shirts, printing and all the other myriad costs.http://www.njrunforthefallen.org/beef--beer.html
Location: VFW, 373 Adamston Rd, Brick, NJ


05/17/2015 9th Annual Armed Forces Freedom Ride to Joint Base MDL - ARMED FORCES FREEDOM RIDE: The Burlington County Military Affairs Committee (BMAC) and the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation (MCLEF) along with Barb’s Harley Davidson Dealership in Haddon Township, NJ will hold the their 9th Annual Armed Forces Freedom Ride on Sunday, May 17, 2015. The motorcycle ride will leave Barb’s Harley Davidson in Mt. Ephraim at 10AM and proceed to Joint Base McQuire Dix Lakehurst where the riders will experience a trip down McQuire’s flight line followed by a catered lunch and entertainment Click here to download/print the 2015 Registration Forms. Registration opens Monday, March 16, 2015. Free Event T-Shirt to first 100 people that sign up!
Location: Barbs Harley Davidson, 926 Black Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ


05/17/2015 Annual Flagging of Locustwood Cemetery - Amer Leg Cherry Hill - more details to follow
Location: Locustwood Memorial Park, 1550 Route 70 West, Cherry Hill, NJ


05/19/2015 Spaghetti Dinner benefits veterans and Stand Down of SJ - The US Military Vets MC NJ Is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on May 19th, 2015 from 4-7pm at Villas VFW Post 5343, 6 E Delaware Parkway, Villas, NJ Cost is $8. All proceeds go to support Veterans and Stand Down of South Jersey.
Location: VFW Villas, 6 E Delaware Parkway, Villas, NJ


05/20/2015 Honoring "Greatest Generation" Event for Cherry Hill WWII Veterans - Cherry Hill WWII veterans and their spouses/guest are invited to join us as we honor their service to this nation. Light Breakfast included. Video and Slide presentations of some local WWII interviews. More information to follow. More info Perry Levine at perrylevine@netscape.net
Location: Cherry Hill Library, Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, NJ


05/21/2015 - 05/24/2015 Rolling Thunder DC Memorial Day Weekend -
Location: Washington DC, All Over, Washington, DC


05/23/2015 Carry the Fallen Ruck-March Event
05/23/2015 Patriotic Pig Roast, Chili & Dessert Contest - Good Ol’ Fashion Community Fun! Family Friendly!! Donations: $20.00 Donation includes: Porky The Pig All-U-Can Eat BBQ, Burgers, Dogs, Chicken, Soda, Beverage, Desserts, DJ, Games, Face Painting, Military Honors, 50/50, Vendors, Moon Bounce, Horseshoe Tournament, Bring your Chili & Dessert for our Contest. Children 16 under free with paying Parent.Call for tickets or Pay on Line at WWW.MARLTONVFW.COM see Pig Roast 2015. 856-334-8948
Location: VFW Marlton, 94 Tenth St, Marlton, NJ


05/24/2015 Memorial Day Ceremony and parade - Parade and Memorial Day Ceremony at our 11 acre park behind Oak Valley Elementary school. Twp hot air balloon will be giving tethered rides to those who want to see the event from above.BBQ to follow ceremony for twp residents only. More info contact hermiherm1@verizon.net
Location: Deptfor Twp Veterans Memoial Park, College blvd, Oak Valley, N.J., 08090, Deptford Twp


05/25/2015 Memorial Day Service - NJ Vietnam Memorial - Memorial Day- The guest speaker at this year’s ceremony will be TBA. The ceremony will also include the presentation of two scholarships to New Jersey high school seniors and the induction of five Vietnam Veterans into the Memorial’s “In Memory” Program. More information to follow at http://www.njvvmf.org/calendar-of-events.html
Location: NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Exit 116, Holmdel, NJ


05/27/2015 NJMOH 3rd Annual Golf Outing - Please join us at: New Jersey’s Mission of Honor 3rd Annual Golf Outing Proceeds to benefit New Jersey’s Mission of Honor for Cremains of American Veterans Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Black Bear Golf Course 138 Route 23 North Franklin, NJ 07416 973-827-5996 8:00 a.m. -8:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast 9:00 a.m. Modified Shotgun Price: $150 per golfer includes: Greens fees, Golf, Cart, Snack & Buffet Dinner, Giveaways, Drink and Hot Dog at the 9th hole. Dinner only: $35.00 For additional info please call: Bob 201-370-1648 John 201-421-1071
Location: Black Bear Golf Course, 138 Route 23 North, Franklin, NJ


05/30/2015 Tour Of Honor - Welcome Home WWII Vets - Join Us as we welcome home 100 World War II veterans from their "Tour of Honor" in Washington DC. Let's cheer them home. They will arrive at St Kevin's Church, 200 W. Sproul Rd, Springfield, PA at 6:15pm. For additional information call 610-662-1812 or visit www.honorflightphiladelphia.org For flyer, click here
Location: St Kevins Church, 200 W. Sproul Rd, Springfield, PA


05/31/2015 6th Annual Jeremy Kane 5K Run/Walk - More details to follow - you can also visit website at http://jeremykanebenefitrun.webs.com/
Location: Cherry Hill East High School, Kresson Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ


05/31/2015 NJ American Legion STATEWIDE Parade, Ceremony & Social – Annual - The Annual NJ Statewide American Legion Services kick off with the Parade at 1:30pm at Locustwood Cemetery, followed by a Ceremony, with Guest Speakers including NJ American Legion Officers, S.A.L. Officers, Auxiliary Officers, Gold Star mothers and others. Afterwards there is a Social/Buffet at American Legion Post 372, Cherry Hill. Be sure to come out and meet members/officers from all our NJ American Legions !! Its a great opportunity to mingle, share news and events with our fellow Legions !!!
Location: Locustwood Cemetery, Rt 70, Cherry Hill, NJ


06/06/2015 Honor Flight of Southern NJ - Calling all WWII and Korean Veterans for the Honor Flight. Bus trip to see the memorials in DC. Saturday, June 6. Free for Veterans. More information call Pam at 856-589-5072    
Location: Williamstown High School, ., Williamstown, NJ


06/06/2015 Leathernecks MC Pig Roast - Live music by Johnny Powers 3. Plenty of Food and all the fixiins, Bikini Wash girls, Vendors, and Leathernecks MC New Jersey apparel. Come on our and show your support!Buy your tickets from one of the guys or contact Steve akacrusher@njleathernecksmc.comhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Leathernecks-MC-New-Jersey/122837407735108
Location: American Legion Toms River, 2025 Church Rd, Toms River, NJ


06/07/2015 American Legions Riders Post 129 Toms River - Family Fun/BBQ & Annual Poker Run - Open to all, Everyone invited, enjoy a ride and day of family fun. RAIN or SHINE Proceeds to benefit American Veteran Affairs Rider Registration: 9:30-11:00 AM, Ocean County Power Sports, 2130 Route 37 East, Toms River/$20 Rider & $10 Passenger Rider and Family End Site: 12:00-5:00pm, American Legion Post 129, 2025 Church Road, Toms River/Walk In $20 pp/Under 12 $5 BBQ, Beer, Soda, Bikini Bike Wash, Vendors, Door Prizes, Horseshoes, Kids Games, Timepiece Band More Info: Legionriders129@aol.com, Art 732-674-5169 or Judy 732-232-3286
Location: American Legion Post 129, 2025 Church Road, Toms River, NJ, 07755


06/11/2015 - 06/13/2015 American Legion Convention - Wildwood, NJ - June 11th - 13th, 2015 - more details to follow
Location: American Legion Convention, ., Wildwood, NJ


06/13/2015 9th Annual Poker Run & Bash - Nam Knights - Del Val Chapter
06/13/2015 21st Annual MCLEF Atlantic City Gala - The 21st Annual Atlantic City Gala 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM Bally's Atlantic City Park Place and Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401 More information Contact: Lisa Spengler mclefac@aol.com 609-335-1130
Location: Bally’s Atlantic City, Park Place and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ


06/14/2015 Warriors Run Motorcycle Ride
06/15/2015 MCLEF 21st Annual Golf Tournament - The 21st Annual Atlantic City Golf Invitational Shotgun Starts at 7:15 AM & 12:15 PM Atlantic City Country Club 1 Leo Fraser Drive Northfield, NJ 08225 More info Contact: Lisa Spengler mclefac@aol.com 609-335-1130
Location: Atlantic City Country Club, 1 Leo Fraser Drive, Northfield, NJ


06/29/2015 NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial 21st Annual Golf Outing - More info to follow at http://www.njvvmf.org/calendar-of-events.html
Location: NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Exit 116, Holmdel, NJ


07/12/2015 7th Annual Waterson Dunham Valor Ride - Sponsored by Clark PBA local #125 - The ride starts at Deutscher Club, 787 Featherbed Lane in Clark. Registration is from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and motorcycles go out at 12:00 pm. The ride fee is $25.00 for the rider and $15.00 for a passenger. Passengers under 10 ride free. The ride fee includes breakfast and a barbeque lunch. The event includes a 60 mile police escorted ride, music, vendors, and more. All proceeds to benefit the Jason Dunham Scholarship Fund and the William Waterson Scholarship Fund. For more information call (732) 259 3513
Location: Deutscher Club, 787 Featherbed Lane, Clark, NJ


07/23/2015 Recruit Military Veteran Job Fair - RecruitMilitary, a national military recruiting firm established in 1998, and DAV, a major veteran service organization established in 1920 and serving veterans of all eras, have partnered and are delivering a career fair for military veterans in the Kansas City area. Anyone who has served on active duty, in the National Guard, or in the Reserves and their spouses is invited to attend this event to find a new career. For a full company list and all details of the event, please visit, RecruitMilitary.com/Philadelphia. There is no cost for veterans or their spouses to attend.
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19148


08/02/2015 8th Annual Hospice Poker Run and Pig Roast - Sponsored by Ocean County PBA 258. The ride starts at WaWa at the intersection of Route 530/539 and Route 70 in Manchester. Registration is from 9:00 am to 11:15 am. The ride fee is $15.00 for the rider and $5.00 for a passenger. The ride will end in Bayville. $300.00 will be awarded for first place, $150.00 for second, and $50.00 for third. All profits will benefit Van Dyke Hospice at Community Medical Center. For more information call (732) 581-9308
Location: Wawa, Route 530/539 and Route 70, Manchester, NJ


08/15/2015 Jack McCloskey Ride for VALOR - Held in Memory of Jack McCloskey one of two Veterans who lobbied congress to recognize Agent Orange for Vietnam Veterans. Proceeds benefit the VALOR Clinic Foundation. We take off from Pocono Mountain Harley Davidson on Manor Drive in Stroudsburg, PA at 11am registration starts at 0900. Ride winds through Hickory Run State Park and finishes in Gilbert, PA at American legion Post 927 on Route 209 and Fairground Rd in Gilbert PA. Rain Date is same time and place 29 August Donation of $20 and $5 for passenger in advance. $25 and $10 on day of event. Same rate applies for cars. Nicest Bike contest entry is $15 donation Shirts are a $20 donation Outdoor vendor tables are $20 in advance $25 day of event. Join us for the party $10 mail advance entry to VALOR Clinic Foundation, PO Box 315 Brodheadsville, PA 18322 with a note saying it is early entry donation. Donations are non refundable.
Location: Pocono Mountain Harley Davidson, Manor Drive, Stroudsburg, PA


09/05/2015 Annual Clam Bake - VFW Maple Shade - Annual Clam Bake. 2pm -7pm. DJ, Draft Beer, "All You Can Eat" Clams, Hot DOgs, Burgers, Chicken, Hot Wings, Assorted Salads, Sausage w/peppers, Corn-on-the-cob - more details to follow
Location: VFW Maple Shade, 914 Main St, Maple Shade, NJ


09/12/2015 5th Annual Marlboro Blues & BBQ Festival - Wounded Warrior Project - Save the Date!..more details at http://www.marlboroblues.com/
Location: Marlboro High School, 95 North Main St, Marlboro, NJ


09/12/2015 Annual FAMILY Day at Amer Legion Cherry Hill - Annual Family Day - American Legion - Annual Family Day at the Legion. 1pm – 6pm. DJ Music, Food, Fun and Games. In advance $20/pp or $35/per couple. At Door $20/pp. Tickets available at the Legion or at the door. Stay tuned for more details
Location: American Legion Post 372, 1532 Martin Ave, Cherry Hill, NJ


09/23/2015 NJ Run for Fallen Kick Off - Sunset Beach Ceremony - Wednesday September 23 - Sunset Beach Ceremony & Dinner. More details to follow . http://www.njrunforthefallen.org/
Location: Sunset Beach, ., Cape May, NJ


09/24/2015 - 09/27/2015 NJ Run for the Fallen - Thur-Sun
09/26/2015 Annual Veterans Picnic - Gloucester County 4-H - ANNUAL VETERANS' PICNIC DATE:    Saturday, September 26, 2015 PLACE:  Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds,                   275 Bridgeton Pike (Route 77), Mullica Hill, NJ 08062 TIME:     12:00pm - 4:00pm For more information, contact Bernadette Blackstock at 856-694-1355 or bernadette@pfpfoundation.org
Location: Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds, 275 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill, NJ


11/08/2015 Philadelphia Veterans Parade

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