Veterans Day Ceremony, Sunday November 11th


The Commander of the American Legion Post 331 will arrange for the Color-Guard at Veterans Plaza, 21st & Dune Drive on Veteran’s Day, at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, November 11th, 2018.

There will be a ceremony as follows:

  • Introduction by: Tom McCullough, Commander American Legion Post
  • US Flag Presentation and Flag Raising Ceremony: by American Legion Post Flag Detail
  • Seven Mile Singers: Star Spangle Banner
  • Invocation: Father Mark Cavagnaro, St. Brendan the Navigator Parish
  • Message: Mayor Martin Pagliughi
  • Seven Mile Singers: God Bless America
  • Wreath Presentation:
    • Presentation of wreath: American Legion Post 331
    • Presentation of wreath: Greg Kizeik, Commander SAL Squadron Post #331
    • Presentation of wreath: Mayor Martin L. Pagliughi
    • Presentation of wreath: D. Lynn Schwartz, Avalon School Board & Avalon Elementary School Student, Aiden and Jack Fox
    • Presentation of wreath: Chief Jeff Christopher, Avalon Police Dept.
  • Rifle Salute: Post Rifle Detail, Taps: American Legion
  • Benediction: Rev. Dr. David Montanye, Avalon First Methodist Church

9-11 Ceremony

Please join us for the 9-11 ceremony in Avalon at Veteran’s Plaza

Greetings…………………Scott Wahl, Business Administrator

Welcome.………………..Steve Cloetingh, CEO, Military Veteran Partners

Flag Ceremony…………American Legion Post #331

National Anthem………7 Mile Singers

Invocation………………Fr. Mark Cavagnaro, St. Brendan the Navigators Parish

Message…………………Commander Tom McCullough, Post #331

Message…………………Mayor Martin L. Pagliughi

Speaker………………….Matthew Eversmann, 1ST Sgt. US Army

Remembrance….……..Ray Gagnon, Master Gunnery Sgt.,

Reflection                   US Marine Corps (Retired)

Rifle Salute…………….American Legion #331

Taps………………………American Legion #331

God Bless America…Avalon Elementary School Students

Benediction……………Rev. Dr. David Montanye, First Methodist Church of Avalon

Important Items of Interest


Please be aware of the following:

1. It’s time for the 17th Annual Sons of The American Legion Bar-B-Que and Horseshoe tournament at Veterans Haven on Sunday at 12:00 noon July 29th sponsored by The Detachment of New Jersey. The horses and washers will start at noon. Food at 1:00. Tours will be available. You may wish to bring a lawn chair. Anyone wishing to bring a salad or a personal specialty is more than welcome. Address: Go in the first entrance off White Horse Pike (RT. 30) 301 Spring Garden Rd, Winslow, NJ 08095-0080

2. The annual Sons Post 331 Bar-B-Q is August 25, 2018, 5 to 8. John Tracy is heading up ticket sales and asks for your support in taking as many as you think you can sell. Contact John at 609-231-5177 or email at jtracy.

3. Membership dues for the 2019 calendar year are now being accepted. The cost is $30 and should be sent to Sons of the American Legion, PO Box 331, Stone Harbor, NJ, 08247. Please note that we are trying to sync up to a calendar year basis so some of you may be paying 2 times in one year, once for 2018 and once for 2019. Also, there are still a few stragglers for 2018 dues so please send that payment in too! Cards will not be mailed out until payment is received.

Thanks for your attention the above!


Housing Our Heroes

To NJ’s Homeless Veteran Supporters:

This is a reminder of our upcoming networking event on June 27 to provide current and value-added information to help our neediest of veterans and their families. Those of you that have responded, thank you, and I have responded as such.

Attached is a flyer [click here] for our 5th regional Housing Our Heroes Forum that will be conducted on June 27, 2018 in Brooklawn, Camden County in partnership with Catholic Charities of the Camden Diocese and The American Legion. See attached flyer for additional details.

The purpose of this networking event is to assist with improving and encouraging communications between agencies that aid veterans with all related homeless veteran services and benefits. This session will also give attendees the opportunity to provide brief overviews of their programs. Invitees are primarily limited to veteran housing and employment services, and benefits. Veteran Service Organizations’ homeless veteran representatives and elected officials are also encouraged to attend to learn how to identify (Mayors’ Challenge) our homeless and the resources available to assist them. We will have national and regional subject matter experts to provide current strategies, efforts and funding opportunities.

Therefore if you would like to attend please register at Please include your cell #, website, services provided, and if you would like to have a table for your resource information. Light morning type refreshments will be served. If you have any questions please contact me.



Memorial Day Thanks

The S.A.L. would like to send their thanks for all your contributions and the time you spent with our Post Veterans this past weekend.

The Post really looked good, thanks to our landscaping/clean up crew of: Bill Burns, Phillip Welsh, Walt Finken, led by Ned Galbally. A lunch of cheese steaks, chips, & cokes were enjoyed by all.

Thanks to the set-up crew of: Bill Burns, Walt Finken, & Phillip Welsh who set up tables & chairs both inside and outside at the Post!

Thanks also to Richard Tucker for the Saturday morning breakfast gathering with the veterans & 2 cemeteries flag placing.

Thanks to a really sharp Flag Detail consisting of: John Tracy, Richard Tucker, Ed Taylor, & Steve Miller. Although the parade was cancelled in Avalon due to the weather, the flag detail stood for the entire ceremony in the Avalon Community Center, and then marched in the Stone Harbor Ceremony from St Paul’s to the Women’s Civic Club, and then stood again at the American Legion Post 331 Ceremony!

The open house went off with out a hitch thanks to: Craig Costigan & Ned Galbally (beertenders), Bill Burns, & Carter Winterbottom. The community turn out was fantastic as the word got out about the: Springer’s Ice Cream, the gourmet hot-dogs & sauerkraut, chicken noodle soup, ice cold draft beer, and the Philly soft pretzels!

The clean-up crew did a super job getting us all home before 4:00 pm after a long day consisting of: Ned Galbally, Walt Finken, Carter Winterbottom, Bill Burns, & John Tracy.

The whole weekend was truly a success and we should all be proud of the support we provided to our veterans and American Legion Post 331. Thank you very much for supporting us.

A special “shout out” to: Maureen Kizeik who volunteered her time handing out over 300 AL/SAL handbooks at Avalon & Stone Harbor; and Sal Emma & Joe Filachek who volunteered to assist.

American Legion Handbook

Dear Veteran Supporter,

The American Legion Post 331, which serves Stone Harbor and Avalon, would like to Thank You for your continued support for our Veterans.

As we prepare for the 2018 Memorial Day Parades that will be held on Monday, May 28 in both Avalon and Stone Harbor, we have begun working on our annual Handbook that will be distributed along the parade routes. Additionally, the book will be available from Memorial Day to Veterans Day at various locations on the island.

The American Legion Handbook gives local businesses, organizations and individuals the opportunity to place an advertisement, personal tributes and thanks to our county Veterans in recognition of their service. Proceeds of the Handbook will be used to help support county Veterans programs and Post operations. There will be a minimum of 1,400 books printed and distributed through the year.

This year, we will be working with Seven Mile Publishing to create ads and print the books. Their expertise will greatly help, not only to produce the book, but to create more opportunities for color advertising. All ad work and printing will be handled by Joanna Heston who can be reached at or contact Jon Ready at On the Donation Sheets below, you will find the different levels of advertising opportunities, as well as an opportunity to be an exclusive sponsor for the free standing insert for the Memorial Day Events.

If you would like to place an advertisement or personal note of thanks to our Veterans in the Handbook, please follow the links below.

Our objective this year is an improved Handbook, which includes more advertising opportunities, improved quality and a removable Memorial Day program. But, our number one goal is to give support to our Veterans.

For those that have continued to support our Veterans through Post 331, we thank you for your support. For those that are participating for the first time, WELCOME!

S.A.L. donate to the Veterans Memorial Home and Haven

Sons of The American Legion Squadron 331, Stone Harbor, recently donated $5,000 to a variety of organizations serving veterans in southern New Jersey. the Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland and Veterans Haven South were among those beneficiary organizations, each of which received a gift of $1,000. Pictured (left to right) Allyson Bailey, Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland; Sal Emma, Squadron 331 member; and Col. Walter Nall and William Lobach, Veterans Haven South.

S.A.L. donate to Volunteers in Medicine

Sons of The American Legion Squadron 331, Stone Harbor, recently donated $6,000 to a variety of organizations serving veterans in southern New Jersey. Volunteers in Medicine, Cape May Court House, was among those beneficiary organizations. Pictured, accepting a $1,000 gift (left to right) Mary Tighe, Craig Costigan, Squadron 331 Gifts and Donation Team chairman; Jacqueline Meiluta; Carolyn Johnson Peterson; and Elizabeth Crowley, MD.

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