Fallen Comrade Ceremony

Voorhees Township has always been committed to thanking and honoring our veterans. In October of 2014, the Township established a Veterans Wall of Honor in tribute to those with Voorhees roots who have worn the uniform of the United States Military. The Wall is inside Voorhees Town Hall and pays homage to veterans who have completed honorable service in the United States Armed Forces.  To date, the Wall pays tribute to 439 heroes.

This year, in further commitment to veterans and in support of our first responders, the Township Committee is joining Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice’s “We Honor Veterans” program and Opus Peace organizations to host a ceremony called “Fallen Comrade” in the Town Center.

“Fallen Comrade” was designed for veterans and first responders, their families and civilians to cope with the loss of their brothers and sisters. While Memorial Day honors those who died in military service, the Fallen Comrades Ceremony honors those who survived and carry the burden of their loss.  Based on Native American warrior welcoming-home rituals, the Fallen Comrade ceremony seeks to restore hope for healing the injury to the soul that veterans, first responders and others often sustain.

“Veterans and first responders often carry unmourned grief and unforgiven guilt for things they think they should or should not have done,” explains Deborah Grassman, co-founder of Opus Peace. “This sometimes causes a soul injury that lingers long after the war or traumatic event is over. Healing the soul requires cultivating the courage to love, forgive and trusting ourselves to navigate in the world again after the injury occurs.”

The ceremony will be on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6pm in the court below the entrance to Town Hall at the Town Center.  Please join us in supporting our veterans and first responders.

To learn more about the essence of the ceremony, check the link to the Opus Peace website, along with a link to a Fox News story on a Fallen Comrade event:

https://opuspeace.org/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEC-dcAVZ-0

** The Voorhees Breakfast Rotary Club is hosting a fundraiser on Oct. 1 from 10am-2pm at Golf Land. There will be 18 holes of pitch and putt golf or mini golf, food, refreshments, prizes and games. Tickets and sponsorships are available. For more details, please call John Conners at 856-261-8738 or go to portal.clubrunner.ca/5137/page/second-annual-almost-masters-pitch-and-putt-minigolf-event.

** The Animal Welfare Association of Voorhees is hosting “Puptoberfest” on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 3pm-8pm at the AWA’s Adoption & Education Center, 509 Centennial Blvd.  For more information about this fundraiser, visit awanj.org or contact Meggin Olivo at meggino@awanj.org;  (856) 424-2288 x113.

** Voorhees Township’s Annual Fire Prevention Awareness Night will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Eastern Regional High School.  All are invited to learn fire safety and enjoy the free fun-filled evening.  For more information, see the Voorhees Township Fire Department website vtfd66.org, their Facebook page, visit helpdesk@vtfd66.org or call (856) 783- 6630 extension 7503.

** The Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation holds its annual “Birthday Bash” as a fundraiser to continue their noble mission.  The 20th Anniversary Birthday Bash Emerald Gala will be held on Friday, Oct. 21 at Lucien’s in Berlin.  As always, this annual celebration is an epic night of music, dancing, great food, cocktails and memories of Alicia.  For more information and to buy tickets/sponsorships, visit victoriousfoundation.org.

** The Voorhees Rotary Club is hosting the Shredding event on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 9am-12pm (October 29 rain date) at 341 Cooper Road, West Berlin.  Masks are required, social distancing will be maintained. Safely dispose of your old computers, monitors, TV’s, printers, faxes, files or unwanted papers. For more information, contact Doreen Goldberg at goldbergd32@gmail.com