EAST AMWELL TWP. – As part of the opening ceremony at the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair, at least 23 veterans of United States military service during a period of conflict are being honored with a county Veteran’s Medal. The fair runs Wednesday through Sunday.
The medal “is an important way for our county to honor the sacrifice and patriotism of those who have served our nation and protected our freedom,” John King, county Freeholder Board Deputy Director said beforehand.
“Nearly 1,500 medals have been awarded since the program began in 2003 and we are inviting the public and previous recipients to join us for the ceremony,” he said.
Although 18 veterans initially applied for the medal this year, more requests were still coming in and as many as 25 are to be cited, estimated George Wagner, county chief of staff.
Here is the list of recipients as of today, along with their branch of service: Daniel J. Biel, Army; Mark Dupuis, Marine; Stephen Dzurenko, Army; Thomas S. Eisenhart, Air Force; Victor A. Emodi, Army; Frederick William Fassett Jr., Marine; Henry Fatton, branch not provided; Joseph Ficchi, Marine; Sean Hand, Army; Fred Walter Janusz, Navy; Paul Lenzi, Navy.
Also, Philip J. Lewis, Marine; William Morehead, Army; John J. Morrison, Army, Delos M. Pieper, Air Force; Frederick Plushanski, Marine; Richard O. Seals, Marine, Christopher M. Soldano, Marine, Andrew Suhovic, Marine; Raymond H. Taylor, Marine; Bill Warner, Navy; Richard W. Weger, Army; Gary C. White, Army.
The ceremony begins around 4 p.m. at the Main Stage, followed by the Parade of Clubs, in which members of each 4-H club at the fair march onto the stage, carrying banners. It is being followed by brief speeches by various government leaders, including the official renaming of the property as the Roger K. Everitt Fairgrounds. That’s in memory to Everitt, a Raritan Township resident who served as fair president since it was created in 2000. He passed away earlier this year.
A Hay Bale Toss contest, open to the public, comes next on the schedule and then a video tribute to Everitt, 4-H and the Fair. It was created in part by Dan “Doctor D” Torrone, who is in charge of the Main Stage activities.
Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, but ending 5 p.m. the final day. The fairgrounds are at 1207 Rt. 179, just south of Ringoes.