MORRISTOWN, NJ – Denville's Lakeview School Select Chorus sang the National Anthem and God Bless America at Morris County’s Memorial Day ceremony in Morristown, New Jersey, on Wednesday May 22.
The Freeholders presented the Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medal to seven Morris County veterans in recognition of their service to the nation. Morristown resident Glenn D. McGuill (U.S. Army) was honored along with Carlos D. Gonzalez (U.S. Army) of Mine HIll, Victor Camaya (U.S. Army) of Montville, Kevin Nealon (U.S. Army) of Flanders, Michael W. O'Neill (U.S. Army) of Budd Lake, George Orth (U.S. Army) of Roxbury and Elsie Maas (U.S. Army) of Mt. Arlington.
Freeholder Doug Cabana spoke, reminding the assembly that, “Since the Revolutionary War – when major battles occurred right here in our home county and state – more than a million American soldiers have lost their lives protecting our nation and protecting those freedoms that we have been so privileged to enjoy. Throughout history, members of our military have selflessly answered our nation’s call, and they continue to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect us with courage, determination and pride.”
The keynote speaker was decorated U.S. Amy veteran and Morris County American Legion Commander Amery Vasso, who served for 23 years, including Middle Eastern conflict zones in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
“Veterans who are with us today, such as those being honored, […] realize the privilege of receiving recognition.” Vasso said. “They will not forget those who could not be at their side to enjoy such recognition. Moreover, veterans understand that service is not about self – service is the tie that binds us together. Service brings together individuals into a team – and in that team, those individuals serve to the best of their ability to accomplish their collective mission. Further, they realize there is no guarantee of mission success, nor that they will return unscathed, yet they are not deterred.”
In addition to the Lakeview School Select Chorus, the ceremony featured the Marine Corps Color Guard, Golf Co, 2nd Battalion, 25th Regiment from Picatinny Arsenal; the Morris County Sheriff’s Department Color Guard; and an invocation by Pastor David G. Boone of Parsippany, a previous county veterans’ medal recipient.
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