WHO: COL Stephen G. Abel, USA (Ret)
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 200 Color Guard
General Anthony C. McAuliffe NY/NJ Chapter 101st Airborne Division Association
Joseph Formola, Chaplain NJ State Council, Vietnam Veterans of America
WHAT: Veterans Day 2012
WHEN: Sunday, November 11, 2012, at 11:00 AM
WHERE: New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial
located on the grounds of the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
(Garden State Parkway exit 116)
DETAILS: The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation will host a Veterans Day Ceremony on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. The NJ Vietnam Veterans' Memorial is located on the grounds of the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ (Garden State Parkway exit 116).
Stephen G. Abel was appointed the Rutgers University, Director for Veteran and Military Programs and Services on July 1, 2010. He has the lead responsibility for the development and coordination of a comprehensive program of support services for veteran, military and dependent students at all three campuses of the University. The Director serves as the principle advocate for student veterans, military and dependents as well as ensures the quality of policies, programs activities and services designed to enhance their educational experiences. The Director also serves as the University's liaison with outside agencies and offices, at the state and federal levels, whose work impacts the lives of veterans, military and their family members. Prior to joining the Student Affairs Team at Rutgers, Colonel Abel was the New Jersey Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs. In this capacity, Commissioner Abel was responsible for administering all of New Jersey's veterans' programs. Colonel Abel's 27 year military career with the United States Army took him across the country and around the world from Fort Riley, Kansas, to Korea, Hawaii, and back home again to the States. He has a BS in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a MS in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University/National War College in Washington, D.C.
"IN MEMORY" PROGRAM:
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial will induct four veterans into the "In Memory" Program, which honors those who served in Vietnam and returned home only to die as a result of their tour, but whose names are not on the Memorial. The four inductees are:
George M. Dousis, US Army from Hillsborough, NJ, who died on March 9, 2012
Alan A. Howardell, US Army from Rahway, NJ, who died on December 11, 2010
John D. McAfee, US Navy from Somers Point, NJ, who died on November 7, 2008
Richard M. Rizzo, US Army from Rockaway, NJ, who died on June 27, 1999
Aadu Voorand, US Marine Corps from Jackson, NJ, who died on April 9, 2010
As part of the ceremony, family members will say a few words about their loved one and light a candle in their memory.
The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is located adjacent to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial off the Garden State Parkway at exit 116. The Museum & Educational Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Regular admission is free for veterans and active-duty military personnel. Regular adult admission is $7.00; student and senior citizen admission is $5.00; and children under 10 are admitted free.