PARSIPPANY, NJ - In Parsippany, up on a hill overlooking the town, Mr. Ed Mosberg held a flag raising ceremony in the front lawn of Powdermill Heights. In attendance was Mayor Michael Soriano, Council President Michael dePierro, several police officers, rabbis, friends and family. Rosemary Becchi who is running for Congress in the 11th District was also in attendance.
At the ceremony, Mr. Mosberg was presented with an award in honor of the late Cecile Mosberg from the Chabad House.
State Trooper Major Brian Polite, of the Office of Community Outreach and Public Affairs, raised the flag with Mr. Mosberg. Standing with them were Port Authority Police Lt. Arnott, Sgt. Terranova, Officer Corrine and Officer Bergery.
Mr. Mosberg made the following address to the crowd:
"My name is Edward Mosberg. I am a Holocaust survivor. My wife of 72 years, Cecile Mosberg of blessed memory, was also a Holocaust survivor. We know what an American flag is. We were liberated from the Germen concentration camps by American soldiers who were carrying an American flag. These soldiers sacrificed their lives to liberate the prisoners from the German occupations. The prisoners were of all different backgrounds and this did not make a difference to the liberating American soldiers. For this reason we should not forget the American flag which represents freedom. We must honor the American flag because it gave the prisoners, including me and my wife, our freedom back.
It is now my honor, and if my wife were here with me now, it would be her honor as well, to raise the American flag. I now raise this flag not only in memory of those prisoners who were liberated by American soldiers who were carrying an American flag, but also in honor of those American soldiers who sacrificed their lives to give freedom back to the prisoners of war.
It is my honor to salute the American flag, a symbol of freedom for all.
God bless America and God bless you all."