Pleasantville Elementary Veterans Day 2017

Last Salute was honored to participate for the second year in the Pleasantville Elementary annual Veteran’s Day event.  The kids are great and are very welcoming to the attending veterans. Last Salute conducted a flag folding demonstration and brought the units Humvees, M925A2 Troop Transport Truck and Civil War cannon.

Here are a few photos from the event.

Medal of Honor Recipients Join LAST SALUTE in honoring Local fallen heroes

Last Salute military funeral honor guard was extremely honored to add more autographs from real American heroes to the Humvees that are used for local veteran’s events and the many military funerals Last Salute conducts each year. The tactical black Humvee now has seven Medal of Honor recipient signatures and the newer “Slant Back” has four. The Medal of Honor recipients appear once each year at the Marine Corps Law Enforcement event held at various locations in Atlantic County. This year Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last surviving Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient from Iwo Jima attended and signed both Humvees. These heroes all want to help honor our local veterans. They are a great group of men and continue to engage and support society through many community service programs and charities. In addition to “Woody’s” signatures, other Medal of Honor heroes which signed recently include,

Robert Patterson,

Walter Marm,

Brian Thacker

and Tom Kelley (not pictured). If you have the time, you should check out each of these men’s Wikipedia page to see the amazing heroics each displayed which resulted in them being awarded our nation’s highest honor. These are truly legendary heroes that are a significant part of American history. We are humbled by their sacrifice and service. We were also honored to have “Woody” and Robert Patterson each fire our Civil War cannon, the “Jaime Lee”. 

Tyler Wechsler

Stand tall young brother….

You are wearing your best Dress Blue uniform as you have been entrusted with a most sacred mission.  You are to report to our most important checkpoint and post guard at the gates of Heaven.

You will stand your post with legendary brother Marines.  You are now a member of the Marine Corps most decorated and fearsome unit.

We rest easy knowing that you hold vigil for us.  You will secure your post and never surrender your position.  You will check in each Marine as they arrive. 

Stand tall young brother…..  you are the beacon helping us all find our way home..

An enormous crowd gathered to pay final respects to PFC Tyler Wechsler.  The video below is an uncut version of the last part of the ceremony.

PFC Wechsler funeral – Sunday 1 May 2017 0900 – Atlantic C0unty Veterans Cemetery

2017 Brigantine Polar Plunge to Benefit Fisher House Veteran’s Charity

Last Salute was pleased to help the city of Brigantine New Jersey raise money for Fisher House, a veteran’s charity.  Last Salute brought out the hardware, our military vehicles and of course our cannon, the “Jaime Lee”.  We fired the cannon to signal the start of the plunge.  Thank you Brigantine for your support to our nations military and veterans!!!

 

Last Salute Appears at Atlantic City 9-11 Memorial Ceremony

Sgt. at Arms Chuck Knutson and Lcpl Klye Ragland present the flag to JoAnne Saracini, sister of Captain Victor Saracini a former Navy pilot who was the Captain on flight 175
Sgt. at Arms Chuck Knutson and Lcpl Klye Ragland present the flag to JoAnne Saracini, sister of Captain Victor Saracini a former Navy pilot who was the Captain on flight 175

Last Salute was honored to appear at Atlantic City’s 9-11 Memorial Ceremony on September 11th 2016.  The elaborate ceremony included many Police officers and Fire fighters.  The National Anthem was sung by Miss America and Atlantic City’s Mayor was Master of Ceremony.

Last Salute fired the “Jaime Lee”, our Civil War cannon twice.  Our rifle squad fired multiple times as well.

Sgt. at Arms Chuck Knutson and Lcpl Kyle Ragland folded and presented a flag to Mrs. JoAnne Saracini whose brother was a pilot on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, United Airlines 175.  He was a former Navy Pilot that then flew for United Airlines.

SARACINI VICTOR J., age 51, Captain of United Airlines Flight 175, died on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. Originally from Atlantic City N.J.,

We took a large number of photos and have posted about 130 here.

The Last Salute Rifle Squad fires 3 volleys in honor of the those lost on 9-11
The Last Salute Rifle Squad fires 3 volleys in honor of the those lost on 9-11