(Sewell, NJ) -- On Saturday, May 20, 2017 Amvets Post #77 Sewell held their annual Armed Forces Day Ceremony.
During the ceremony Freeholder Dan Christy presented a proclamation on behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders to Pierce Burgin, a senior at Clearview High School for his Americanism Award that was presented by Amvets Post #77.
Piece is a three-sport varsity athlete and participates in the AMVETS Americanism Program and has written award-winning essays the last four years. Upon graduation he will attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
Pierce created, implemented, and continues to expand the "Red, White and Blue Jeans for Veterans," fundraising program that encourages teachers and students from 17 Gloucester and Salem County schools to wear Red, White and Blue Jeans on Veterans Day in exchange for a $5 donation. For the last five years, Red, White and Blue Jeans for Veterans has collected $33,000 in donations that help fund hospitalized heroes' recreation programs, including a bowling program serving the physically limited veterans. He is Captain of the "Run, Ranger, Run," team, leading his military-civilian team to run and swim 565 miles each February raising $4,600 for transitioning military.
Other awardees at the ceremony were Ken DeFay and Barbara Horan who were presented with The Four Chaplins award.