Dear Editor:

With the recent closing of Fort Monmouth, the upcoming Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary Commemoration “Lest We Forget” at Brookdale Community College has added significance to those veterans who served during World War II and their loved ones.  Brookdale’s Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution invites the community and especially families to pay tribute to those from the Greatest Generation during a commemoration ceremony on Saturday, December 10 in the Warner Student Life Center, Lincroft main campus.  Two distinguished veteran speakers will be at the event to address the audience; Ralph Jeffers, former Chairman, NJ Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and veteran crewman, USS Curtiss and Thomas Mahoney, Former President, Chapter 2 NJ Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, veteran crewman, also from the USS Curtiss.  

The afternoon’s keynote speakers will be COL Joseph E. Whitlock, Deputy Base Commander, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, followed by CAPT David J. Harrison, Commander, US Naval Weapon’s Station Earle.  Historical perspective will be provided by history professors Dr. Robert Mayer, Kean University and Fred Fraterrigo, Brookdale Community College.

Music of the era will be provided by keyboardist Barry Rosenzweig and soloist Gilda Healy from the group “Down Melody Lane” and the Monmouth Battleground Chorus will sing favorites of the war years. A variety of historical displays and exhibits will be available for viewing beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Urge all to attend an event that will prove to be an everlasting memorable one.  The program is free to all and will enable everyone who comes to reach out and touch living history. 

Paul Zigo

Associate Professor of History

Brookdale Community College