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KIA Flag Law Signed Into Law Thanks to Manalapan Veteran’s Hard Work

August 29, 2017

The Ultimate Sacrifice is when one gives their life in defense of their country.   The KIA, “Killed in Action”, flag has now been officially recognized and will fly over all official government building in the State of New Jersey. This official recognition was signed into law by Governor Christie. The signing was years in the making due to the tireless effort of  Manalapan Veterans Affairs Committee member, Don Klieger.  He began this journey for the KIA flag bill to memorialize his cousin, Brooklyn Veteran Norman Spechler and the 1.6 million Veterans who gave their lives for this great Democracy. Norman gave his life on Omaha Beach in Normandy France on June 6, 1944, it is important to remember all the veterans who defended our freedom and are no longer with us to enjoy those freedoms.

Manalapan Township now has the unique distinction of being the first municipality in the state to fly the KIA flag over the Veteran’s “Walk of Honor” Memorial at the Municipal Building and the Community Center on Route 33.  Manalapan Township has continuously flown the flag since Veteran’s Day 2016.

The past year saw Don Klieger and others visiting the staff offices of many Assemblypersons and State Senators, political leaders, news outlets and military organizations. An intense letter writing, E-mailing and phone calling campaign was undertaken by Manalapan’s Veteran Affairs Committee and others to fuel Don’s dream. Through hard work and perseverance the bill, referred to as Norman’s Law by Mr. Klieger, passed both chambers of the legislature with bi-partisan support. The bill was signed into law on August 7, 2017. The bill #S1497 was co-sponsored by 14 legislators including Manalapan’s representatives in the 12th district, State Senator Sam Thompson, Assemblyman Rob Clifton & Assemblyman Ron Dancer. Don Klieger will be honored for his accomplishments by the Manalapan Township Committee at it its September 27th Township Meeting and will be presented with a proclamation by Mayor Susan Cohen.

Don is not a man to rest on his accomplishments. He now heads to Congressman Christopher Smith’s office to make the case as to why the “Killed in Action” flag should fly over all Federal building.  

Visit ManalapanVeterans.Com to follow the mission of the Manalapan Veterans Affairs Committee. The Veterans Committee meets on 2nd Monday of each month at 5:30pm in the Municipal Building located at 120 Freehold Road, Manalapan.  

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