Updated 5/29/14 to include video slide show (at bottom of this story).
CHERRY HILL — (SBN) — The Cherry Hill Township Memorial Day observance was reported by SBN with full HD video coverage of the ceremonies held at the Township Hall complex on Mercer Street May 26.
Mayor Chuck Cahn welcomed about 250 residents, including active duty and retired military veterans and their families, to an hour-long ceremony that included remarks by Brig. Gen. James J. Grant, director, Joint Staff to the Adjutant General of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
The Cherry Hill Pine Barons Chorus performed patriotic music and a medley of military tunes, and commanders from American Legion and Jewish War Veterans posts in the township read roll calls of members who had died since last Memorial Day.
Rabbi Larry Sernovitz of Temple Emanuel led the Invocation, and Msgr. Michael Mannion of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden led the Benediction. An Honor Guard from the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments presented the Colors with the Cherry Hill High School West Air Force Junior ROTC.
Township resident Elizabeth Hallinan sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and members of Boy Scout Troop 166 led the Pledge of Allegiance.
You can watch the entire ceremony in the video player below. Shorter news reports on the event will be available at this same URL later on Tuesday, May 27.
Keynote Speaker Honors Fallen NJ Resident
In his keynote remarks, Gen. Grant mentioned Lt. Dennis Zilinski, a 2000 graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, Monmouth County, NJ. (SBN News Director Steve Lubetkin is also a 1974 CBA graduate.)
We created a video excerpting that segment of the general’s remarks, plus a short interview recorded with Gen. Grant after the ceremonies, for use on the CBA website.
Lt. Zilinski’s family has started a memorial fund to raise money to improve the morale and welfare of members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. Additionally, by providing scholarships, the Fund invests in the future of high school students who embody the leadership qualities and community spirit of Lt. Zilinski.
You can watch this short video here:
The Cherry Hill Jewish community played several significant roles in the observance. Members of the Furer-Barag-Wolf Post 126 of Jewish War Veterans helpled organize the ceremonies, and during the observance, Past Post Commander Robert Richter read a list of members who had died since last Memorial Day. Rabbi Larry Sernovitz of Temple Emanuel delivered the Invocation. We prepared this video news wrapper report for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, which includes interviews with Rabbi Sernovitz and Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn.
SBN recorded the coverage with one of our Sony HXR-NX70U HD cameras and Azden wireless microphones. Video footage is available for license.
Player below shows a video slideshow produced by SBN from photos supplied by Cherry Hill photographer Craig T. Kupper.