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SCVTHS 'Proud To Be An American Day' event in 2018

During one of the 2018 Proud To Be An American Day speeches, helicopters can be seen in the background.


For the sixth year, and first since the COVID-19 pandemic, Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Social Studies Instructor Mr. Ed Graf has put together an event titled, Proud to be an American Day.

Proud to be an American Day will be held on May 26, 2022, with events beginning at 9:00 A.M. Mr. Graf’s vision and purpose for the day is to teach students the importance of honoring our veterans and the reasons we celebrate Memorial Day. 

Some of the day’s events include:

  • Honoring the memories of fallen veterans, promoting patriotism, creating unity as a school community and nation
  • Special tributes will be paid to USMC Captain Jesse Melton III, who was KIA in Afghanistan and New Jersey National Guard Soldier, PFC Anthony Stietz, who died in a car accident
  • Speakers to include USMC Lieutenant General John Toolan
  • Demonstrations by the United States Military, including armored vehicles and helicopters
  • Wreathes to be presented
  • Bagpipe and bugle player to perform
  • 21 gun salute will be performed by American Legion Post 35 out of Union, New Jersey
  • Civil War Cannon Volleys
  • Union HS JROTC Honor Guard will hold a “Posting the Colors”
  • Members of the USO Show Troupe will perform patriotic musical selections

Following the events, a luncheon will be held for all of the attending veterans, honorees, and their families.

For more information contact James Strickhart at (908) 526-8900, x7169 or