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March 11, 2009

Re:       Support Our Troops

Dear Mayor:

League President, Mayor Tim McDonough of Hope Township, will be part of a delegation of our State’s community and business leaders that will visit the New Jersey Army National Guard’s 1/150th Assault Helicopter Battalion. The men and women of this unit are preparing for deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The delegation will meet and eat with the soldiers. They will also participate in hands-on training with the troops and experience some of the operational challenges that prepare them for combat.

Mayor McDonough would like to pass along your personal support to our citizen-soldiers. If any of your local citizens serve in this unit, we urge you to e-mail a message to me at I will pass your e-mails along to our President, who will hand deliver them directly to the soldier or soldiers from your municipality.



We again invite you all to join us in support of the New Jersey National Guard State Family Readiness Council, the Lawrence Lions and American Legion Post 414, with a personal donation to their “Support Appeal” to benefit our troops and their families. You can make your check payable to “N.J.N.G.S.F.R.C.” and mail it to:

P.O. Box 5692
Trenton, NJ  08638-0692.

We, also, want to remind you to do what you can, locally, to promote this effort, which will culminate, this year, on “Support Our Troops Day,” Sunday, April 19, with a 1:00 P.M. Concert by New Jersey’s own Blawenburg Band at the National Guard Armory, 151 Eggerts Crossing Road, Lawrenceville, NJ, 08648.

Founded in Blawenburg, New Jersey, in 1890, the Blawenburg Band is a community band—part of a great tradition that began when towns depended on their own people to provide live music. They are one of the oldest community bands in the state, and among the most active. They play about 30 concerts a year at holiday parades, community celebrations, church socials, and many of the nursing homes and retirement centers in our area.

If you are interested in getting more information on the Concert or any other Council activities, contact or phone 609-882-2675.

Thank you for your support and God bless our troops and their families for all of their sacrifices on our behalf.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director



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