Posted Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

WWII veterans residing at Morris View Healthcare Center were honored Aug. 12 as part of a nationwide “Spirit of ‘45”celebration.

Congress in 2010 unanimously agreed that a national “Spirit of ’45 Day” be observed on the second Sunday in August each year to coincide with the anniversary of August 14, 1945, the day President Harry Truman announced the end of World War II.

The event at Morris View was sponsored by VITAS Innovative Hospice Care in cooperation with the Morris County Department of Human Services and the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Deputy Freeholder Director Doug Cabana and freeholders Ann Grossi and John Cesaro were joined at Morris View by Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen and Lieutenant Colonel Jason C. Mackay, the new Garrison Commander at Picatinny Arsenal.

They presented each of the veterans with a certificate saluting them for their service and an American flag pin with a yellow ribbon in the corner to represent all our men and woman who are still defending and preserving our freedom.

The freeholders said they were extremely proud to part of an event that honored the service and sacrifices of America’s greatest generation.

All veterans who reside at Morris View were honored Aug. 12, but the WWII veterans who received special recognition were John Vialard, formerly of Denville; Philip Timmins, formerly of Madison and Randolph; Elsie Jacobus, formerly of Denville; Kathryn Langley, formerly of Randolph; Louis DeFranzo, formerly of Madison; Clarice Bobin, formerly of Morristown; and Conrad Dahlquist, formerly of Neshanic Station.

Pictures from the event are available on the county’s Flickr photo gallery, which may be viewed at