BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Social Studies Instructor Ed Graf will be presented with the Defender of Freedom Award at The Second Annual Flag Day Festival in Somerville Saturday. 

The Defender of Freedom Award is presented annually to a dedicated current military member or veteran.

Graf was nominated by SCVTHS Principal Diane Ziegler for his service in the United States Army Light Infantry from September 1997 to September 1999, receiving an Army Achievement Medal and Army Service Ribbon. 

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Additionally, Ziegler went on to add, “Mr. Graf coordinated a new event at our school entitled Proud to Be American Day. The purpose of this event was for our entire school community to unite together to honor and remember our country's service men and women. The day featured activities designed to highlight our awareness of patriotism and to capture the essence of Memorial Day.”

Some of the other awards and honors Graf has received include VFW Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the State of New Jersey in 2011, Union Township's Mayor Award for Education and Leadership in 2011, VFW, Union Township Loyalty Day Award for Outstanding Community Service and patriotism in 2010 and the American Legion Union County Excellent Educator Award in 2010.

For more information contact James Strickhart at 908-526-8900, ext. 7169 or