Old Assumption Church Continues To Serve


The recently removed old Assumption Church on the White Horse Pike served the Galloway community for almost 100 years.  It was the site of countless weddings, christenings, funerals and services.  In our effort to preserve Galloway history and to conserve our communities enduring intrinsic memories, we asked to have some of the interior wood salvaged from the old church.  Luckily, Father Nick Dudo and Joe Picardi, a representative of the church not only had preserved some of the wood but were kind enough to share it with us.  Ray Ring from the church met us to make the wood available.  The church has also saved part of the steeple, the cross and the cornerstone.  We felt that using the wood to build items for our Military Funeral Honor Guard, “Last Salute”, would be a great way to repurpose and preserve something of such sentimental value.  We have built two wonderful and unique pieces from the wood so far.  First, we needed to build a stand for our recently acquired funeral bell.  This large solid brass bell required a very sturdy stand that could be moved from one location to another frequently so in addition to framing lumber, we used the church wood as ornamental additions in the shape of big stars along the top beams.  The bell stand turned out beautifully and is used at veterans funerals as well as other community events.  


The second piece is a box used to hold the prayer cards which we collect.  Each time we preform a military funeral ceremony, we take a prayer card that is generally made as a remembrance.  All of these cards are now stored in the newly constructed box.  They travel to each funeral for which we conduct services and a new card is added.  The box pictured here was built by Chuck Knutson and master craftsman Steve Amadio who was also instrumental in the construction of our Civil War cannon the “Jaime Lee”.  Upon the top of the box, the official “Last Salute” prayer has been carved. 

Medal of Honor Recipients Visit Absecon VFW


Medal of Honor recipients Tom Kelley and Brian Thacker visited the Absecon VFW for lunch while in town for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement event.  The VFW put out a very gracious spread with the help of Chef Elio from the Rams Head in Galloway.

While there, the Medal of Honor recipients signed Last Salute’s Humvee and trailer which are both used primarily for veterans funeral services as part of Last Salute Honor Guard.

There are 12 Medal of Honor recipient signatures in the Humvee.  We are extremely proud to have them to help us honor those we provide services for.

Dr. Nina of Fox News was there to meet the heroes and to thank everyone at the VFW for their service.

Medal of Honor recipient Tom Kelley signs the Humvee for the Galloway Patriot

Medal of Honor recipient Tom Kelley signs the Humvee for the Galloway Patriot