Fanwood’s First Warrior Week
Beginning November 4th, 2019, Fanwood will host a series of events dedicated to military experiences and veteran celebration in Warrior Week.
Warrior Week includes a series of events in Fanwood culminating with Veterans Recognition Committee Salute to Veterans BBQ in Scotch Plains. 100 percent of the profits go to the Veterans Recognition Committee as well as veteran events held throughout the year.
In previous years, The Veterans Recognition Committee (VRC) of Scotch Plains and Fanwood has honored local veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Of the committee’s accomplishments has been the Hometown Heroes banners hung throughout both towns.
Oshanda Erb, Fanwood resident and VRC representative, has spearheaded the first annual week-long event for the Borough of Fanwood.
“At first, it started out as a simple idea; getting the community involved and teaching more about veteran experiences,” she said. ”Then, it generated a buzz. Why not have the community be a part of veteran experiences, understand what it means to be a veteran and what does it mean to be in support of our veteran community? That’s when the magic happened.”
“Oshanda has been a longtime Fanwood resident and we are extremely thankful to her for working so hard to put this event together,” said Mayor Colleen Mahr. “Fanwood is home to so much support. What better way to show that camaraderie throughout the town than to celebrate our veterans and honor their service and commitment? We are so excited to kick off Warrior Week!”
Reading Veterans: Heroes in our Neighborhood
November 4th, 2019 @ 6pm, Fanwood Memorial Library
Fanwood Memorial Library will host its first Warrior Week reading about veterans and their interaction in our community. Scotch Plains and Fanwood families are all welcome to participate and learn more about the importance of veterans in our neighborhood. There will be a very special guest speaker in attendance. Show up early, this event will fill up fast!
Recognizing Women Veterans
November 7th, 2019 @ 7pm, Railside Cafe
Warrior Week will honor women veterans at Railside Café. Come join Mayor Mahr and celebrate the long history of women in the military and their important contributions throughout military history. Enjoy complimentary food and refreshments. Click here to register!
Warrior Week Cadence Run
November 9th, 2019 @ 7am, Forest Road Park
The military is famously known for their cadence runs. There is no better show of camaraderie and teamwork than chanting songs during a group run. Sign up individually or as a team. Feel free to run your own group and self-made cadences!! The run will start with stretching at Forest Road Park and run approx. 30 min chanting songs. The sign-up cost for pre-registration is $25 and includes a Warrior Week t-shirt. Day of is $30 with no t-shirt guarantee. Click here to sign up.
Paint and Sip with Creative Scene Brooklyn
November 9th, 2019 @ 7pm, Forest Road Park
Warrior Week will host a Paint and Sip at Forest Road Park. Creative Scene will paint an iconic landmark that represents our military and first responder family. This event will fill fast so click here to sign up.