Holmdel, N.J. – On Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation (NJVVMF) will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony, sponsored by NJM Insurance Group, at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, located at 1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel, N.J. (Garden State Parkway Exit 116 on the grounds of the PNC Arts Center). Veterans, their families and the general public are invited to attend the ceremony.
The Keynote Speaker will be Lieutenant General (Ret.) George Flynn, United States Marine Corps.
Lt. Gen Flynn has enjoyed a distinguished career of more than 38 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. While on active duty, Lt. Gen Flynn created the Joint Force Development Directorate at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, managing more than 2,000 people and a $1 billion organization that developed new military operational, concepts, doctrine and training. He supervised all elements of the Combatant Commander exercise program, which provides staff training and evaluates the mission performance of the largest military command organization in the United States. He also developed policy for and provided oversight of all professional military education.
As Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps for Combat Development and Integration, Lt. Gen Flynn determined future requirements for all equipment, training, personnel, facilities, and supporting activities of the Marine Corps. His role as the Deputy Commanding General, Multi-National Corps, Iraq, involved leading combat operations and providing direct supervision of support activities of more than 50,000 service members and civilians, while conducting operational planning and execution to enable coalition operations, including extensive interaction with United Kingdom and Coalition Special Operations Forces.
Lt. Gen Flynn supervised and provided oversight, policy and guidance for Marine Corps training as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Training and Education Command. As Chief of Staff, U.S. Special Operations Command, Lt. Gen Flynn supervised all support requirements for a 2,000-person organization, responsible for the planning, direction and financial execution of the headquarters. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has several Masters Degrees in National Security and Strategy, and International Relations.
In Memory Program Inductees
As part of the Veterans Day ceremony, NJVVMF will induct five veterans into its In Memory Program. The In Memory Program is a unique program that honors those who served and died as a result of the war in Vietnam, but whose names are not on the Memorial. Family members will say remarks on their behalf.
The four inductees are: Norman Bernstein, US Army, 12/3/44 – 5/12/09, Lincroft, NJ; Joseph M. Hurley, Jr., US Army, 10/26/46 – 7/20/04, Keansburg, NJ; Walter L. Kudlacik, US Army, 7/26/46 – 10/22/11, Jersey City, NJ; Phillip D. Mecca, US Marine Corps, 6/30/47 – 2/10/10, Union, NJ; Eugene T. Puzio, US Navy, 9/14/48 – 12/6/11, Bridgewater, NJ.
The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is located adjacent to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel, N.J. Musuem hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $7 adults; $5 senior citizens and students; and children 10 years of age or younger and veterans and active military personnel are free. The Memorial is free and open to visitors 24 hours daily. For more information, visit www.njvvmf.org or call (732) 335-0033.
About New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation offers a meaningful and engaging experience that recognizes the sacrifice, courage and valor of Vietnam Veterans and encourages and fosters a thorough understanding of the Vietnam Era including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects, which affected the United States, and especially New Jersey. To support the Foundation, visit www.njvvmf.org.