Student Vocal Group Performs At Special POW-MIA Ceremony

MadJazz singers Ashley Martin, Nick Davis, Briana Gutierrez, Zach Bialik, Milika Griffiths, Danny Marques and Aneesa Sonawalla. (Photo by Sharon Byrne of Flemington/Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

EDISON — The MadJazz vocal group from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School performed patriotic songs at a special POW-MIA ceremony at St. James Episcopal Church in Edison on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Milika Griffiths of Edison performed a solo of The Star-Spangled Banner and joined fellow MadJazz members Ashley Martin of Edison, Nick Davis of Union, Brianna Gutierrez of Metuchen, Zach Bialik of Woodbridge, Danny Marques of Elizabeth and Aneesa Sonawalla of Edison in singing God Bless America and America the Beautiful right before the ceremony began and closed the program with God Bless the U.S.A., inviting the audience to sing along.

The ceremony marked the 44th anniversary of Edison’s own Ronald M. Mayercik being missing in action. His plane went down over southern Asia during the Vietnam War. They found his dog tags but to this day no remains have been found. There is a special prayer garden in his honor at St. James Episcopal Church.

Jackie Godesky, president of Hands of Hope, has invited MadJazz to perform again next year.

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