For the fifth straight year, the faithful wended their way to the Harvest Moon brewpub on George St. in New Brunswick to pay homage to a guy who gave his life for others. Jimmy D' Heron gave his own life, but saved fifteen people from a burning building five years ago, and the family and the brewpub honor that sacrifice every year with a tribute to a real-life hero.
While the atmosphere outside was raw, rainy and nasty, the atmosphere inside was just the opposite as these pictures will attest. The Middlesex Pipe and drum Corps was once again on hand to lend their special flavor to the festivities, and pints of Jimmy D's Firehouse Red were ordered, toasted and savored as drinkers knew that a portion of each pint was going to one of Jimmy D's favorite charities--The Arthur C. Luf Children's Burn Camp in Connecticut.
Jimmy's daughter Erin Varga greeted the throng, and announced that close to $70,000 has already been raised for this excellent cause. The Pipe and Drum Corps offered stirring renditions of traditional American favorites, and the patriotic crowd, motivated by an unforgettable introduction by the Corps major, sang along to America the Beautiful, Amazing Grace and God Bless America. Neither the music nor the cause ever get old.
If you missed it this year, you'll have another opportunity to attend next year, but I'd advise getting there earlier than the 2 PM start.
Cheers till next time!