As we observe Memorial Day, we should take the time to remember those who lost their lives while bravely serving our country. It is because of these heroic men and women that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms they so bravely fought to defend.
Let it also not be lost on us the sacrifices made by the families of these heroes, including Gold Star Mothers. Through their grief and heartbreak, these women have been pillars of strength in their communities, keeping alive the legacies of their loved ones.
I would also like to thank those who have served and are currently serving our country. I recently had the opportunity to meet some of the men and women who put their lives and safety at risk to defend our country during the Veterans and Armed Forces Appreciation Day at Camp Evans. This was truly a special event.
I encourage all parents and guardians to talk to their children about the importance of honoring and remembering those who have fought for our country. It is important to teach our children to recognize and remember the sacrifices made by those who serve our country throughout the entire year, not just during certain occasions and holidays.
Over the weekend, I joined my fellow Freeholders in attending parades and Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the County. As always, I appreciate the thought and planning our municipalities put into hosting meaningful ceremonies in honor of those who served this great nation.
On a different note, I had the opportunity to host a summer kick-off press conference on May 26th in Bradley Beach alongside my Freeholder colleagues. As the liaison to the Office of Public Information and Tourism, it is a pleasure to work with local tourism officials to ensure Monmouth County not only remains one of the best places to live, but also one of the best places to visit. Remember, it’s “The Place You Want to Be!”
I would like to thank Bradley Beach and the Bradley Beach Elementary School officials for helping us coordinate our press conference and kick off another successful and fun summer season. While it may have taken two rain delays, the third time was definitely a charm.
As warmer weather approaches, I would also like to remind everyone to be extra cautious while driving. Schools will soon be out and children will be playing outside and riding their bicycles throughout their neighborhoods. Please be vigilant, share the road and please put your phone down – don’t be a distracted driver.
Lastly, I would like to remind everyone to check out the County’s tourism website, www.tourism.visitmonmouth.com. Once there, you will be able to find events, activities and things to do in Monmouth County throughout the summer season and the rest of the year.
I look forward to the summer season and continuing to serve the residents of Monmouth County.
Freeholder Tom Arnone