Navy Destroyer named in Honor of Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone
Manila Madness 5 K
Thank you for everyone who came out to support this years Basilone Manila Madness 5K for Charity
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Twinning of Municipalities
Here in the states we are surrounded by signs of how John Basilone has impacted our lives. From his heroic actions on the battle field to the legacy he has left to his family, friends and especially the community.
This has become more apparent as the prompting of the proposal of twining municipalities between Raritan, NJ and Colle Sannita, Italy. (The home town of John Basilone's father).
We are truly honored that Johnny's legacy continues to shine both here and abroad.
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"Our two towns are united by the heroic figure John Basilone, whose father emigrated from our town to the U.S. at the age of 19 many years ago in 1903".
- The Mayor of the Municipality of Colle Sannita
Dr. Giorgia Carlo Nista
(Excerpt from letter)
Newspaper Article from Italy “Il Mattino” Friday February 1st
Colle and Raritan twin cities in honor of “decorated” Basilone
Colle Sannita is twinning with the American town of Raritan in New Jersey. The twinship is in honor of John Basilone, an American Officer, son of Italians from Colle. He was awarded the the Medal of Honor for his war efforts during World War II. He died in 1945 at only 29 years of age. He grew up in Raritan. He was the only enlisted Marine during the Second World War who was awarded the “Medaglia d’Onore” Medal of Honor and the “Croce della Marina” Navy Cross.
This connection strengthens the relationship between Colle and Raritan. The “Colle Sannita Association” proposed the idea to Mayor Giorgio Nista and he immediately agreed. “We are extremely happy about this Twinship, said the Mayor, and proud that John Basilone has roots also in Colle”. And so, the teacher Dr. Regina Basilone, who lives in the United States, became interested in setting in motion the relationship between Mayor Nista and his fellow American Mayor Charles McMullin. Mr. McMullin was immediately receptive to the Twinship initiative and expressed the desire to name a street “Colle Sannita Way”. The street is near the John Basilone statue in Raritan, NJ. Likewise, Colle is also hoping to name a street in honor of Raritan’s John Basilone. The Township Meeting, February 6th, will approve a memorandum for the Twinning agreement documents, in anticipation of the official signing, which will be formalized by both of the delegations on August 5th and 6th, days in which the event will be celebrated.
(Translation: Dr. R. Basilone)
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
The Basilone Memorial Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organization operated exclusively for charitable purposes. Our mission is specifically to raise funds to ensure a better quality of life for veterans as well as for the cancer patients that are serviced by the Steeplechase Cancer Center.
The co-founders of the Basilone Memorial Foundation are Donald Tozzi and Kim Van Note, niece of John Basilone.
To honor the Basilone spirit, our foundation raises money for both the Robert Wood Johnson Steeplechase Cancer Center in Somerville, NJ and the Fisher House Foundation in Bethesda, MD. Fisher Houses provide military families housing close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.
The Basilone Memorial Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Please consider making a contribution to assist our veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country. Any donation you could provide will be greatly appreciated
THROUGH OUR EVENTS
We plan to raise funds by hosting various events several times per year.
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In the meantime check out our gallery from some of our most recent events!