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5/21/2012 - Young Marines Place Flags on Veteran Graves


Hopewell Twp. Cumberland County Veterans Cemetery


Memorial Day is upon us and with it comes the ceremonial placement of the flags on our cherished Veterans’ graves. It is a picture that you will see all across our great nation and for those that participate in this solemn event, it is truly an honorable and privileged endeavor.

This year, the South Jersey Young Marines located at the Vineland Marine Corp League, Detachment 205, will be arriving in full uniform at the Cumberland County Veterans Cemetery in Hopewell Township at 1300 hours (1:00pm) sharp. These young men and women, ages 8 – 18, will have the honor of placing flags on approximately 500 Veterans graves. The kids are really looking forward to this event and they are proud to be a part of something so special, said Ted Oniszczuk, Commanding Officer of the Young Marines, and Vietnam Veteran (USMC 66-69). Participating in the Young Marines helps young patriots learn military values that will help shape their lives as adults. Some may go on to serve in the military but regardless of their futures, this experience gives them a better understanding of what military service means and the sacrifices that it sometimes requires.