Lighting donated & installed by local company for Salem County Veterans Memorial Cemetery

Eric M. Krise Electrical Contractor LLC displays great respect and honor for Veterans this Memorial Day by donating 9 LED lights, time, and material for the front flag display at the Salem County Veterans’ Cemetery in Pilesgrove Twp. going beyond usual social responsibility.

Several weeks ago, Eric Krise, owner/founder of Eric M. Krise Electrical Contractor LLC, drove by the Salem County Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The vast open space off of Route 45 in PilesgroveTwp. was completely dark. It was still quite some time before Memorial Day but the local electrical engineer decided to reach out to Joeseph Hannagan of Salem County Veterans Services to inform him that he would be changing that in order to properly display the flags/colors of the branches of the Armed Forces and honor those laid to rest there along with every other Veteran and current military member from Salem County, NJ.

Last year before Memorial Day Weekend, the six Rotary Clubs (American Legions) from across the County donated new flag poles and new flags for the cemetery so each branch of the United States’ Armed Forces would have a sleek new look before the hundreds of friends, family and members of our communities gathered to honor those who have served at last year’s Memorial Day ceremonies at the Salem County Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

After the flagpoles were donated, Eric Krise of Eric M. Krise Electrical Contractor LLC was asked to drill holes and set the flagpoles. When asked how much the bill would total for his time and use of material, the local business owner made sure that Mr. Joeseph Hannagan, Salem County Veterans Service Officer, knew how honored they were to have helped and to have been a part of the job.

“It was the least our company could have done to show our appreciation and gratitude for those Salem County Veterans and current members of the United States Armed Forces who have sacrificed so much for our freedom and this great country.”

So, after his drive past the cemetery and not being able to see the beautiful display of new flags and flagpoles, which is the highlight of display especially to motorists passing by the cemetery, he reached out to the Salem County Veterans Services Officer Mr. Joeseph Hannagan and told him about his experience driving by at night and not seeing the new flags/flagpoles.

After asking if the Salem County Veterans Services would like lights installed to make sure the flags and memorial area are able to be seen 24/7, he told Mr. Hannagan that he wanted to donate the much needed lighting for the stoic memorial cemetery. Eric made sure that Mr. Hannagan was aware that there would be no need for a dime from the County and asked if he could purchase the lights and material needed to install the proper lighting to coordinate with the beautiful display and properly showcase it.

Of course, Mr. Joeseph Hannagan said yes and was overwhelmed with gratitude from the organic request to donate the nine LED lights and material for the job which altogether was a donation totaling $3,600.

This past week, a couple workers from Eric M. Krise Electrical Contractor LLC went out to the cemetery and installed the 9 lights; 2 shining on the WWII cannons along each side of the flag poles’ display, 6 lights one for each branch of the military’s flag, and 1 one 104 watt LED light in the middle which is equivalent to a 250 watt metal halite light that shines upon the American Flag and P.O.W. M.I.A. flags and lightens the entire midsection of the cemetery.

Mr. Hannagan was overwhelmed with joy and was ever-so appreciative and thankful.

“Salem County is not the richest and money us tight. To accomplish things like such we have to depend on members of the community. Every year, we [Salem County Veterans Services] have an individual/s from the community donate their time and/or money to help with the maintenance and enhancements needed by the Salem County Memorial Cemetery,” stated Mr. Joeseph Hannagan

Salem County is a tight-knit and rural community that seems to become less and less cohesive as the years progress but acts like this are reminders that our special community still exists and I guarantee as long as leader’s like Eric Krise are around, the tight-knit community here in Salem County will continue to survive. The selflessness and respect displayed by Eric Krise and his company for those who showed the ultimate level of selflessness that many people seem to forget in today’s society, which is full of “selfies” and gluttony.

So, on this Memorial Day Weekend and time off with friends, family and loved ones; please, remind yourself of why you have the time off and take the time to thank a veteran or current member of the military. If not for them we would not be free to celebrate during the holiday and if not for socially responsible members of society like Eric Krise, we would not have the such tight-knit and unique community that has and will continue to exist within the hearts and souls of those living in or a part of the community here in Salem County, NJ.

Staff photos taken at Salem County Veterans Memorial Cemetery by Zachary Ahl.

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Monday May 25th, 2015: Memorial Day Events throughout Salem County:


Memorial Day Parade – starts at 10:00 AM

Memorial Day Ceremony, Chestnut Grove Cemetery – 11:00 AM


PSE&G Recreation Pier, Sinnickson Landing Road, Elsinboro, NJ. Ceremonies to be conducted honoring Naval deceased at 10:00 AM

  • Chairman: Michael Shimp
  • Memorial Prayer by: Pastor Brian Corkum, First Assembly of God
  • Launching Floral Boat Tribute by: Joseph Sweeny, Past Commander of VFW Post 253
  • Music by: H.P. Morrison Band; Pat Bullock, ConductorSalem Memorial Park, West Broadway, Salem

Memorial Ceremonies begin at 10:45 AM

  • Chairman: Michael Shimp
  • Church Call and Advancement of Colors by: Andrew Thompson
  • Memorial Prayer by: Sister Carol Adams, Saint Gabriel the Archangel Parish
  • Reading of Floral Wreaths by: James Timmermand, Adjutant, and Susan Shimp, Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 253
  • Guest Speaker: Michael Shimp, VFW Post 253
  • Music By: American Legion Post 75 Band
  • Music Rendition By: Jack Ayars, VFW 253 Men’s Auxiliary President

Salem County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Route 45, Pilesgrove

Memorial Day Ceremony begins at 12:00 NOON

  • Chairman Michael Shimp
  • National Anthem by: American Legion Post 75 Band
  • Guest Speaker: Senior Airman Kacey Harris
  • James Timmermand will read Floral Tributes
  • Music Rendition by: Jack Ayars
  • Salute of Armed Forces Dead by: Andrew Thompson
  • Playing of Taps by: American Legion Band
  • Conclusion of Ceremony by: Joseph Hannagan, Salem County Veterans Service Officer

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 253 invites all who participated in the day’s ceremonies to join them for refreshments at VFW Post 253, 20 Phillip Drive, Tilbury.


Woodstown Borough Annual Memorial Day Commemoration at Memorial Lake, South Main Street beginning at at 10:00 AM

Service is presented by:

  • American Legion Post 237 Borough of Woodstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 633
  • The Women’s Club of Woodstown
  • Participants include:
  • Keynote Speaker: John Hollinger
  • Ed Kubas, Commander VFW Post 633
  • American Legion Post 237
  • Boy Scout Troops 33 and 38
  • Reverent Jonathan Hoeldtke
  • Paul Kranz
  • James Bates
  • Woostown High School Vocalists
  • Glenn Merkle, Chairman of Health, Recreation and Open Space

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