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Mayor Baldassare Forms Task Force to Honor Veterans

Updated: Feb 23, 2020

Banners will be hung to honor those who served to protect our freedom in Downtown Basking Ridge.

American flags fly at the annual Field of Honor at Bernards Town Hall in Basking Ridge. Photo credits: Mr. Local History.

Mayor Jim Baldassare formed a task forth to recognize the importance of honoring America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Mayor Baldassare graduated at the top of his class from the Eastern Recruiting Region Parris Island and wants to thank those who have sacrificed for us.

Click the photos below to read coverage in local news outlets.

Bernardsville News


Veterans banner group formed in Bernards Township

BERNARDS TWP. – Tributes to military veterans, long a tradition here, could add a new element under a proposal to adorn utility poles with banners of hometown heroes who served their country.

Mayor James Baldassare Jr. introduced a review at the Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14, saying some residents had suggested the idea to him.

Township Administrator Pat Monaco said a similar idea has been implemented in several other towns, including Bernardsville, Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Summit, Scotch Plains and Fanwood.

Monaco said the banners, which typically hang from an arm attached to a pole, would be hung along streets in downtown Basking Ridge and Liberty Corner.

Verizon and Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) own most of the poles, so their consent would be sought, he noted.

The banners usually go up on a seasonal basis around Memorial Day in May, and could remain through the Fourth of July or through Veterans Day in November, he said. (click here for the full story)


New Task Force To Look Into Banners Honoring Veterans

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Committee has followed through on a proposal to set up a Veteran's Appreciation Task Force with the initial assignment of researching where to order banners that recognize area veterans.

The banners would be put up on appropriate holidays, such as Memorial Day and July 4, Mayor James Baldassare said after the task force's creation was approved in late January.

The resolution sets the mission of the Veteran’s Appreciation Task Force as researching vendors who specialize in veteran banners for municipal use and explore methods of receiving and processing applications and payment for banners. (click here for the full story)



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