|Armed Services Park|
|Brig. Gen. Stephen Ressler (US Army Ret.)|
Brig. Gen. Stephen J. Ressler (US Army Ret.), who was the Keynote Speaker, spent 34 years in the Army Corps of Engineers before moving to Bethlehem. "I wish I had known that before we designed this park, " wisecracked Township Manager Jay Finnigan.
General Kessler spoke of the wild variations in the way the public perceives the military. Treated with open hostility in the '70s, they became heroes after 9/11. Today, he described the treatment as "benign neglect," and lamented that "my beloved Army" is currently being reduced to its lowest levels since WWII.
He noted this attitude is universal, and quoted Rudyard Kipling's "Tommy," dedicated to the British soldier.
"For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' 'Chuck him out, the brute!'At a time when some VA administrators are under investigation for hiding waiting lists, General Kessler said we have a "moral obligation" to support the men and women who served. "Hire a vet," he suggested. "Look him in the eye, shake his hand and thank him for his service."
But it's 'Saviour of 'is country' when the guns begin to shoot."
|Americam Legion Post 379 provided Honor Guard|
|The Nitschmann Middle School Marching Band provided musical entertainment.|
|WWII Vet LeRohn "Dan" Dreysher has now played "taps" nearly 2,900 times.|
|In his third stop by 10 AM on the Saturday before election day, State Rep. Mario Scavello attended this Hanover Tp tradition.|
|State Rep. Marcia Hahn attended as well, and has been to all three of these commemorations.|