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Photo Gallery: Cinnaminson's Memorial Day Ceremony

The township honored veterans who lost their lives.

Cinnaminson held its annual Sunday morning at the township's .

Mayor Don Brauckmann organized the event and N.J. Rep. Jon Runyan served as guest speaker.

What does Memorial Day mean to you? Tell us in the comments.

Ric May 28, 2012 at 12:47 PM
That was no honor the veteran’s event. It was a Republican political rally paid for by the good citizens of Cinnaminson. How did they honor veterans? The guest speaker, Jon Runyan, certainly never run on into a battle. He never served even an instant in any of the armed services. He does not even know what a battlefield looks like. I am embarrassed our township paid Jon Runyan, a multi-millionaire, an honorarium when there are so many veterans looking for employment and cannot find a job, including vets living in Cinnaminson. At least our county honors veterans. They regularly schedule ceremonies where they give medals to veterans.
Lo Do May 29, 2012 at 04:56 PM
So let me get this straight...unless you fought in our armed services, You cannot honor our vets?..@ric, you are an idiot!
Ric May 29, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Lowell, you are so smart, betcha that your teachers always told you that. Of course I am wrong now that you point out that it is morally wrong to actually have a veteran guest speak for veterans at a veteran event. The proper speaker is, of course, is a congressman failing at the polls in his re-election bid. As you point out, Runyan has absolutely no qualifications to speak out on behalf of veterans but what the hell. Runyan's need to get re-elected trumps the needs of veterans to be seen and understood. As another pointed out, Cinnaminson consistently fails to honor veterans. So why should anyone expect veterans to be treated on Memorial Day by Cinnaminson. I mean, do the veterans actually think Memorial Day is about them? They should not while there are guys out there like you that kick them down at every opportunity. Lowell Dorr, as your teachers told you, you are so special, special, and special. Sorry but I still rather honor a veteran than a footballer.
Ken Miller May 29, 2012 at 09:54 PM
the bottom line is that people in this community do not get involved. it seems to me that all of the community events its the same people volunteering and getting involved. However, it seems like eveyone else has all the answers but when it comes time to stepping up and getting involved they dont. Also, i couldn't imagine that Runyan got paid a dime. thats insane!! Also, a Repuiblican party thing, come on, last i heard this was open to everyone, and no i did not attend either, but i do think its a nice thing that was done.
Ric May 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Ken, we are talking about a Memorial day speech a day in memory of our fallen veterans and not fallen politicians (which in New Jersey means locked up), agree? No one has said why veterans were found to be unacceptable as speakers - yet there certainly are plenty of them out there, agree? Do you know of a valid reason why veterans were slighted? Jon Runyan is currently fighting for re-election, agree? There is nothing Runyan said that a veteran could not say at least as well, if not better, agree? Even Stevie Wonder can see that our esteemed Republican township committeepersons selected not a veteran, not a democrat, but a fellow Republican to speak – and one that is fighting a tough fight for re-election. Are you suggesting that the next time our esteemed Republican township committeeman selects a speaker they will choose a Democrat? Hell no, it will be another Republican that also supports the current slate that is running this town into the ground. When is the last time they choose a Democrat to speak at an event? Ken, Cinnaminson Memorial Day Event was a Republican political rally paid for by the Cinnaminson property owners.
Ric May 29, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Why was it wrong to invite a veteran to speak at an event in memory of fallen veterans? You would not invite a Mafioso to speak a policeman's funeral. That would not be appropriate. Slighting veterans so Jon Runyan can get favorable publicity which would help his reelection is not appropriate. The closet Jon Runyan got to a battle was watching Tora! Tora! Tora! on his TV.
Mark C May 29, 2012 at 10:59 PM
I did attend. And it was an inspirational tribute to all our veterans. The event was open to the entire community and a nice showing came out to demonstrate love and support. As a veteran myself, I appreciated the community coming out and showing gratitude. Especially for those servicemen who never came home from war. I thank our mayor for making the arrangements. He's a veteran himself who showed genuine caring. Our congressman spoke well. The event included a number of veterans as you can see by the photos taken by Patch. And a nice young man played the trumpet. Not many towns have such a nice veterans monument as Cinnaminson has. Don't know how people can criticize something when they weren't even there. But sadly there a few negative types who have nothing better to do with their time than to post trash about our wonderful town on Patch. I'll pray for you.
Kenny May 29, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Well put Mark. A worthwhile unifying community event is arranged with young & old from throughout our town participating to honor our fallen heroes. Yet this one commenter can't help himself but to try to score cheap political points. And he flat out just makes up information about speakers being paid when they weren't. It's just insulting to the true spirit of Memorial Day to engage in this. Frankly I'm tired of this guy's over-the-top negative trash comments about anything & everything about my hometown. Cinnaminson is a great place. Maybe I shouldn't even give you any attention -- it's sort of like giving in to my 3-year old son when he's naughty and just wants attention. Anyway, how about volunteering all your free time for a good cause? Just please don't use your free time to trash everybody else around you. Enough said.
Ric May 29, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Thank you, you are so right. Veterans should only be seen and not heard. There is not a veteran in the whole region that could hold a candle to Jon Runyan even though he has never risked his life while so many good veterans in the county have. Do you really believe veterans cannot even speak for themselves? Of course our Republican mayor does not play politics; he only invites republicans to speak. He is a moderately skilled politician. By the way, I wanted to attend but I would have to turn my back on Runyan and that would have been disrespectful to the veterans in attendance. Thanks for your offers to prayers but why do you presume you have the right to pray for me? Are you so tight with God, that in matters about me, he would listen to you over me? I would appreciate if you keep your prayers to yourself unless you are Jesus Christ. Are you sure you are a Christian. I could not tell from your next to last sentence. You really should hold off on praying unasked. That is just my prayer.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) May 30, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Ric, Mayor Brauckmann was the official speaker—and he's a veteran. Congressman Runyan said some words too. He's on the Armed Services Committee in Congress. According to Brauckmann, he reached out and couldn't get a veteran who would speak. And Runyan didn't get paid. That's just silly. Christina
Ken Miller May 30, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Christina, thanks for clarifying, although abnyone with an ounce of brains would have known John didnt get paid. This was open to the whole community ansd i think a really nice thing that is done and its ashame its attended by so few. to make this politcal is nonsense
Ric May 30, 2012 at 08:20 AM
LOLl! Runyan just said some words! According to Patch he was the guest speaker. Was his status reduced to just to just a few words speaker or was he guest speaker as Patch reported? Perhaps somehow Runyan also acquired a military service record? Or were there just no real veterans available to serve as guest speaker? By the way, Republicans taking to their buddies financially has a long tradition in Burlington County. Perhaps you aren’t familiar with the recent history of the Delaware River or the Tacony Palmyra Bridge commissions?
School House Rock May 30, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Ric, you are truly the Cinnaminson Village Idiot! Anytime a politician, celebrity, pro athlete, or VIP talks they are considered a guest speaker. If you were at the ceremony which you weren’t, you would know that Runyan did speak but only after our US military veteran and current mayor gave his speech. And Runyan has been to Afghanistan multiple times to visit our troops so I guess he does have some military experience even if it doesn’t meet your qualifications. I wonder if the Marines turned their backs on him in Kabul when he was attending a service for Marines from their unit that died in battle? Truly an a-hole thing to even suggest.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) May 30, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Ric, If it's "according" to Patch, I am Patch. I'm the editor. He spoke and mayor Brauckmann spoke. I'm not sure who or what you're trying to nab down here. I really have nothing else to add. Christina
Ric May 30, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Hey Christina, Perhaps you forgot you called runyan the "guest speaker" http://cinnaminson.patch.com/articles/memorial-day-it-s-about-veterans-who-lost-their-lives "Cinnaminson will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony Sunday morning, with N.J. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3) as the guest speaker."
Ric May 30, 2012 at 04:28 PM
School House Rock, put a sock in. You act like a hot head just like Committeeperson Minetti. By the way, going on a sightseeing vacation does not come close to the bravery of a real veteran serving on duty. Only you would equate the bravery of our soldiers in the field of battle to a Jon Runyan/Marie Osmond doing a goodwill USO tour in Kabul.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) May 30, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Yes, Ric, he was a guest. And he spoke. Am I being too literal?
Ric May 30, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Christina, thank you for finally conforming Runyan was the guest speaker. Now focus on this, the honor of guest speaker should have gone to veteran (or soldier) as it was a Memorial Day event. It is ridiculous that our nation (and township) ignore those who risked their lives for us. As one person noted, Cinnaminson has not given welcome home ceremonies to any recent returning vets. Jon Runyanis merely a politician (not a soldier or veteran) seeking publicity to help his reelection. Christina, next focus on this: The honor of being guest speaker should have gone to veteran (or soldier) for it was a day to honor those who served and died for us. As a society we try to forget them. Too many of them are jobless and homeless. We need to hear their voices, not ignore them.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) May 30, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Ric, I spoke with Mayor Brauckmann and he said he tried to get a veteran to speak to no avail. And no one mentioned there were no welcome-home ceremonies. Someone said there WAS one. In fact, we covered two of them on Patch. Here are the links: http://patch.com/A-jR9b http://patch.com/A-j2nW I have really nothing else to add so if you would like to send a letter to the editor regarding this topic, feel free to email me one. Thanks.
Steve S May 30, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Hey Ric, if we all tell you you’re right (even if everyone reading this knows your 100% wrong and you are being a complete and total jackass) will you shut the hell up! You sound like a kid who got shoved in lockers in high school and now you have new found “cojones” running your mouth on Patch.
Chip May 30, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Wow! Lots of energy on this one...........I would venture to say that one of the local VFW or American Legion Posts could seek a guest speaker from among thir ranks.
Ric May 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Steve, my buddy, no, thankfully I did not have a bad childhood like yours. You really did not have to go in depth in describing it to us.You must have suffered. But why did you post about it here?
Ric May 30, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Or Jon Runyan with all his connections could contact the top brass at the combined Fort Dix/McGuire AFB and ask for an officer or a serviceman to speak.
Two Cents May 31, 2012 at 03:39 AM
and i guess christina can just pronounce people veterans. i know mr brockman served in the militery, but that does not make someone automaticaly a veteran. an editor should not comment on things she knows nothing about. you might want to check with the mayor first and confirm he is a veteran, i dont believe he is.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) May 31, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Well "Two Cents," perhaps my definition of veteran is wrong. To my knowledge, a veteran is someone who has served in the armed forces. Mayor Brauckmann has served in the armed forces. Now, I'm not sure if he's a "war veteran" by definition. I do not know if he's fought in battle. Maybe he'd like to weigh in or someone else would.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) May 31, 2012 at 04:13 AM
And the American Legion was there and represented. I called the VFW twice to find some Cinnaminson veterans to write stories about and never heard back from them. This year OR last year.
Ray Budden May 31, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Good Morning. I was corrected a few years ago by my friend, U.S.M.C. Major John V. Moloko, when I thanked him on Memorial Day, he told me to thank him in November, today you should remember those that have fallen my friend. Veteran's Day is November 11th, it is a holiday to honor armed service veterans. Memorial Day is observed annually on the last Monday of May and honors the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is just my opinion, but I don't care if it is Jon Runyan, someone from the Local VFW, a Hollywood Celebrity, or the person that drives the Ice Cream Truck that gets up to speak (as long as they pay proper respect), I am just glad that I live in a town that takes the time to pay tribute to the fallen service men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that I could enjoy the freedoms I do which would include expressing my opinion. I was at work so I could not attend our local event but I was fortunate that on Monday my office overlooked a parade in National Park where I heard Democratic State Senator Steve Sweeney (don't know if he did, that was happening at the River 3/4 miles away) would be speaking at the conclusion. Anyone who donated their time to honor our fallen is aces in my book and that includes those in attendance.
Ric May 31, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Perhaps the township could dedicate that patch of land they are buying on Rt. 130 to a Veteran's Memorial for all those that were in the armed forces as well as those who helped in the war efforts (such as women and men in WWII who worked in the factories arming our troops). Maybe in time, a larger monument could be erected at this park We have no shortage of Vets to honor. There are quite a number of WWII soldiers killed in the line of duty buried in Lakeview. Certainly most of the homes built in Cinnaminson during the '50's and '60's were purchased by WWII and Korea vets and their wives (who many of them also contributed to the war effort). Cinnaminson lost at least two men during fighting in Vietnam War and many more from service related injuries after that war. I do not know of Cinnaminson’s causalities from the current Middle Eastern Wars or from earlier conflicts. I know we have a tombstone sized monument beside the municipal building driveway. If the township has a nicer grander monument I am not aware of it. I really think it would be the right thing to better acknowledge those who served to protect our freedom since their contributions helped make Cinnaminson a good town. The grandest monument in Cinnaminson right now are at a cemetery - Lakeview’s Masonic Monument and Avenues of Flags.
JS June 03, 2012 at 12:41 PM
When I was a little girl, we used to attend Palmyra's Memorial Day parade and ceremony every year. My father, a WWII vet and a member of the American Legion Rodgers-Ulrich-Hubbs Post in Palmyra was involved with the events each year. As I remember, there were many different speakers - all "guests" - ranging from veterans to Gold Star Mothers to local children and politicians to pay tribute to the fallen. I cannot speak for those veterans at the time, but I can speak for my dad in that it never mattered to him who was doing the speaking - he was just appreciative that they were there and that they cared.
Ric June 03, 2012 at 02:42 PM
.The only veteran who spoke at Cinnaminson's ceremony was also a seasoned Republican township politician. The only other speaker, a guest, was also a Republican Congressional politician. Memorial Day should be about remembrance of our veterans and not a spotlight for a man campaigning to win re-election to Congress in a couple of months. I can speak for my father, a veteran of both WWII and Korea, that he would want a Memorial Day ceremony headed by veterans and not politicians. He saw politicians as the reason why we ended up in wars. Dad was very much opposed to the Iraq war. (I was neutral.) He saw the war as a gift from the politicians (Dubya & Cheney) to the military industrial corporations and which the cost was paid for by the lives of many brave men and women in uniform. Ten years ago dad pointed out that they had been fighting in the Middle East for thousands of years and that they would continue fighting for thousands of years. How quite is Iraq today? I can understand why my father favored veterans over politicians, can you?

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