Ocean City Hosts Annual Run for the Fallen

first_imgBy TIM KELLYThe 11th annual Run for the Fallen once again originated near the tip of Cape May on Wednesday and proceeded North through the county, including a dozen stops in Ocean City on Thursday.Run for the Fallen is one of the more unique and interactive events to honor and recognize members of the United States military who have made the ultimate sacrifice.The event is designed to honor servicemen and women from New Jersey who gave their lives in war or in the line of duty.A team of active duty military members run at one mile intervals to recognize the fallen heroes.Markers are placed at each interval, where the runners and support caravan stop briefly for an individual ceremony.One of the 12 ceremonies in Ocean City was held at Veterans Memorial Park.From its southerly origins in Cape May, the run winds its way north to Holmdel, Monmouth County, at the site of the Gold Star Family Monument at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial.In all, 279 fallen servicemen and women are being honored over 196 miles.Frequently, friends and family members and people who wish to say thanks gather at the markers.That was the case at the stop on the Boardwalk near 15th Street, where family members and friends of fallen heroes, father and son Nicholas DiMona II and Nicholas DiMona III, were joined by a contingent of Ocean City officials, residents and visitors.DiMona II was 32 at the time of his death in 2004, and his son was just 20 when he gave his life on March 30. Both were residents of Medford Lakes, Burlington County.Runners travel up 15th Street and the Boardwalk to honor father and son Nicholas P. DiMona II and Spc. Nicholas P. DiMona III.Among those present representing the city were Council Vice President Tony Wilson and Councilmen Antwan McClellan, Bob Barr and Michael DeVlieger.Wilson said he was moved by the ceremonies and was particularly struck by the sight of veterans of the Vietnam War, now in their 70s, embracing. He called it “pretty moving.”The military members who took part in the ceremony were “incredibly respectful” in their reverence toward the fallen and in their interactions with the family members and friends, DeVlieger said. “It was really beautiful,” he noted.Relatives and friends on hand included mother and grandmother of the fallen, Elma DiMona, Michael Saunders, Susan Ebbitt, Carl and Barbara Obermeier, (uncle and aunt of the heroes) Kris Saunders, Tracey Feighery and Alex Feighery, a member of the run team and the best friend of Nicholas DiMona III.Councilman Antwan McClellan, third from left holding miniature American flag, joins in honoring fallen father and son Nicholas DiMona II and Nicholas DiMona III.The Ocean City stops and those honored were:Captain Maria Ortez and Sgt. Hector L. Ortez Jr.: Ocean Drive near Corson’s Inlet BridgeS/Sgt. Ingles DosReis: 55th and CentralSpc. Michael Franklin: 46th and CentralCpl. Terry Ordonez: 39th and CentralL/Cpl. Jon T. Hicks, Jr.: 29th and WesleySSgt. Aaron Nelson Brown: 21st and WesleyCW2 Nicholas P. DiMona II and Spc. Nicholas P. DiMona III: Boardwalk at 15thStaff Sgt. Stephen J. Sutherland and the 9/11 Pentagon Heroes: Veterans Memorial ParkSpc. Ronald H. Wildrick, World War II Heroes: VFW Post 6650, 15th and BaySgt. Keith T. Buzinski: 25th and WestPO2 Daniel C. Dill: 36th and WestSgt. Alessandro “Sandrino” Plutino, U.S. Marine Heroes – Beirut : 46th and WestNicholas DiMona II (Photo provided)Nicholas DiMona III (Photo provided)Among the crowd awaiting the runners at 15th Street were family members (white shirts in the front row from left to right) Michael Saunders; Elma DiMona (mother & grandmother of the two fallen); Susan Ebbitt (companion of Elma); Carl Obermeier & Barbara Obermeier (uncle & aunt of the fallen); Kris Saunders standing behind Elma; and Tracey Feighery behind Elma & Susan wearing blue shirt (Her son Alex Feighery ran with the runners and he was Nicholas DiMona best friend. He is currently in Military College). A Run for the Fallen runner hugs a woman whose family member died in the line of duty.last_img read more

Broadway.com Readers Rank Their Favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals

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Virgin Australia closes budget offshoot, fires 3,000 staff

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FIFA to honour investment in women’s game despite coronavirus

first_imgWomen’s football will still benefit from investment worth $1bn (£804m) despite the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, says FIFA. Loading… read also:Blatter reveals why FIFA must not allow Qatar host 2022 World Cup The statement added: “This funding will be invested into a range of areas in the women’s game including competitions, capacity building, development programmes, governance and leadership, professionalisation and technical programmes.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 A spokesperson for football’s world governing body said: “This funding has already been committed by Fifa and will not be impacted by the current crisis.”Advertisement Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?The Best Cars Of All TimeTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more