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County Veterans Ignore Squall, Pay Tribute to Comrades

 

By Al Campbell

CREST HAVEN — A chilly wind whipped out of the northeast, turning umbrellas inside out, and unrelenting rain fell, but it was fitting, said U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd) at the Veterans Day ceremony at Cape May County Veterans Cemetery.
The congressman, partly shielded from the elements by an umbrella held by county Charles Delizzi, veterans interment officer, who was master of ceremonies, said veterans did not choose to serve only on sunny days, but in all sorts of weather. It was a tribute to their unflinching spirit to serve, he said.
The stalwart veterans, who had braved far worse in combat around the globe, disregarded the inclement weather to place wreathes from local organizations.
Freeholders Gerald Thornton and Ralph Bakley, both veterans, spoke very briefly, but thanked their fellow veterans for service to the nation.
Rev. Stephen Rapposelli, associate pastor, Our Lady of the Angels Church, offered the invocation and Benediction.
VFW District 17 Commander Joseph Orlando delivered an address on behalf of that organization.
The U.S. Coast Guard Training Center’s color guard and ceremonial detail rendered a salute followed by the playing of “Taps.”

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