MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Middletown Veterans Affairs Committee will hold dedication ceremonies on Sunday, November 23 to mark installation of five new commemorative street signs that honor fallen veterans. The veteran’s families have been invited to attend. The public is also invited attend the ceremonies which will include a color guard and the playing of taps.
A total of 29 signs will be added to streets township-wide to honor our fallen veterans from World War II to present. The Veterans Affairs Committee plans to hold ceremonies at all sign locations. The commemorative sign includes the soldier’s full name, an American flag, branch of service, campaign served and a gold star in honor of their mother. A gold star signifies the soldier was killed in action. The Veterans Affairs Committee is working with Committeeman Anthony Fiore and Public Works Director Ted Maloney to install all the street signs before year’s end. The Veterans Affairs Committee is seeking families of Middletown’s fallen veterans. Family members are encouraged to call 732-787-8510.
The first 5 ceremonies are as follows:
Zilinski Drive November 23, noon
Zilinski Drive was named in memory of Dennis Zilinski, who was killed in action during the Iraq Campaign. The road is located on Route 36 East and Zilinski Drive in the Belford section of town.
Chanowich Court November 23, 12:30pm
Chanowich Court was named in memory of Samuel Chanowich who was killed in action during World War II. The road is located off Cherry Tree Farm Road in New Monmouth.
Belicose Court November 23, 1pm
Belicose Court was named in memory of Richard Belicose who was killed in action during Vietnam. Take Wilson Avenue to the end of Chapman Terrace to reach Belicose Court.
Thorne Place November 23, 1:30pm
Thorne Place was named in memory of Cpl Buddy Thorne who was killed in action during World War II. The road is located off Wilson Avenue.
Smith Place November 23, 2:00pm
Smith Place was named in Gabriel John Smith who was killed in Korea. Take Thompson Avenue to Ocean Avenue to Smith Place to attend this dedication.