BAYONNE, NJ - Decked out in a t-shirt from last year’s Run for the Fallen, Deb Green celebrated Saturday’s  opening of Stephen Gregg Park by reading a list of names of American military personnel who have died in conflict over the history of the United States.

“I usually do the Run for the Fallen every year. But with COVID-19, we had to change things a little. But May has always been the month to remember and we’ve always read the names of the fallen each day,” Green told TAPinto Bayonne. 

“Yesterday, I read the names while standing on the Bayonne Bridge,” she said, adding that the list of names is long, but she is determined to make sure each one is remembered.

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Gatherings that traditionally accompany these readings have been banned because of the COVID-19, so she along with about 100 other people around New Jersey are posting their videos instead.

Each day in May, Green and others place a special emphasis on recognizing all military fallen heroes by encouraging organizations, corporations, and the media to focus on these individual heroes from cities and towns across each state. 

Honor and Remember, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing the Honor and Remember Flag, a tangible national symbol that was specifically created to express visual respect and gratitude for the generations of lives lost in defense of our freedoms and to the families they left behind.

The mission of the organization is to enhance the solemn meaning of Memorial Day by calling attention to the military fallen and their families each day of the month of May.

This event came about after the 2005 death of George Anthony Lutz II to a sniper’s bullet while he was on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq. His father George wanted to unite other families of fallen soldiers and create some symbol that would acknowledge those who have died in such conflicts, eventually developing the organization that gave recognition to them not just on Memorial Day, but the whole month.

Green, who took part in these and other ceremonies while a resident of New York, decided she wanted to continue it after she relocated to Bayonne. “I’m doing my part to make sure these people will always be remembered as well as the sacrifices they made,” she said.

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