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The 2012 - 2013 elected officers of the Corporation are:
President Robert Hauser
Vice President William McEllroy
Secretary Althea Cirillo
Treasurer Robert Orendorf
The Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Memorial Council, Inc. meets regularly on the second Saturday of each month at the Administration Building in the Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. The JUNE meeting is the ANNUAL MEETING and it is that meeting where the officers of the Corporation are elected by vote of those members present. There are no regularly scheduled meetings in JULY and AUGUST.
The Memorial Council is the volunteer arm for this National Cemetery and has 4 major programs it executes each year at this National Cemetery.
The "Avenue of Flags" is a presentation of over 300 interment flags on flagpoles that line the avenues of this National Cemetery. The interment flags are donated by families whose relatives were entitled to military honors at their funeral and the memorial flag (the interment/casket flag) was donated by the family to the cemetery for use on the Avenue of Flags. The presentation is set up the first Saturday in May and is taken down one or two weekends after Veterans Day in November. This program enlists the aid of over 180 volunteers to maintain the integrity of the presentation. Volunteer inspection teams inspect the flags of the presentation every weekend during the six and a half months the flags fly and when an interment flag is found to be unserviceable, it is removed from the flagpole and a new flag is put up in its place.
The Memorial Day Program is held on the Sunday immediately before Memorial Day at 2 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Memorial in the cemetery. This program is open to the public and there is no charge for parking, shuttle bus service, admission or any hand-outs given to the patrons. A guest speaker from the co-hosting VSO (Veterans Service Organization) offers their oratory, a live military band will play appropriate selections and wreaths are symbolically placed memorializing those who died in the service of their country. A Massing of the Colors is also presented. This Massing is a parade of US flags and organizational flags that are marched through the Memorial arena before and after the ceremony.
This is the inscription in-laid in the tiles in the center of the Pennsylvania Memorial arena:
In Perpetual Remembrance, they still march but their footsteps make no sound, they still serve but do not answer when their name is called. They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old, age shall not weary them, nor the years concern, at the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.
The Veterans Day Program is held on the Sunday immediately before November 11th, Veterans Day, unless the 11th is a Sunday, then the program is held on that date. This program follows the same time, place and services provided as the Memorial Day Program except the theme is to honor the living veteran. A Massing of the Colors is also presented at this event.
The Holiday Candlelight Service Program is held on the second Saturday of December. This program starts at 4:30 p.m. in the Pennsylvania Memorial. Chemical Glow Sticks are distributed to the patrons in place of candles and are used in the program. The program is intended for patrons to offer a brief remembrance of a loved one who served in the military. The program also features a Color Guard that perform the flag honors and a local choir that will sing a few appropriate selections. The weather in December is cold and sometimes windy and patrons are advised to dress appropriately as the Chem-Sticks do not offer any warmth.
For the Memorial Day and the Veterans Day programs, the attendance keeps growing each year (an average of 1800+ in 2011) and general parking is provided at a very large parking lot located on the Fort Indiantown Gap Military Reservation. Patrons should drive past the cemetery and onto the base, locate the parking lot and then board a free shuttle-bus to get from the lot to the Memorial and back to the lot after the ceremonies are completed. There is no charge for parking or the shuttle-bus.
For the Candlelight Services in December there is usually enough parking available in the parking lot adjacent to the Pennsylvania Memorial in the cemetery to handle the small, but also growing, (150+ in 2011) crowd of patrons that attend.
While attending any event, or even if you are just visiting the cemetery, patrons are reminded not to park on the grass or to allow the curb-side tires of their vehicle to be on the grass. The tires crush the fragile grass and causes ruts that will require extensive repairing by the National Cemetery Grounds Crew.
Visitors to this National Cemetery are reminded that pets and weapons (licensed or not) are not permitted on the property.
For complete information about the "AVENUE OF FLAGS" project, donating interment flags to the Avenue, helping as a volunteer on the Avenue, please go to http://bobsmith784.webs.com/ At that website, you will find the information you need about the Avenue of Flags.
The "Bob Smith" website and this one have the same pictures, but this website has the captions attached.
A special "Thank You" to the Drill Sergeant for taking all these great pictures of his National Guardsmen in the 2010 October Inspection album.
INSCRIPTION AT THE PENNSYLVANIA MEMORIAL:
In Perpetual Rememberance
They still march but their footsteps make no sound, they still serve but do not answer when their name is called. They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old, age shall not weary them nor the years condemn, at the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.
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