MADISON, NJ - Governor Murphy announced that beginning Friday, July 3, all flags across the state will be flown high to commemorate the nations' birth and as a sign of rebirth in our state, he announced.

However, flags in Madison will remain at half-staff, per Mayor Conley, to honor and mourn Madison resident Vincent Hynes. Hynes passed away on Friday July 2, announced borough officials.

"Hynes received the Mayors Hero Award last June for his heroic effort on D-Day 76 years ago and was one of the 156,000 troops who landed on the beaches in Normandy when he was just 19 years old", said borough officials. "He was a diver in the Navy, and his primary job was to recover the victims in the water. Last year he was one of five to receive a medal from the French Government, bestowing upon them membership in the French Legion of Honor from a grateful country and a grateful continent for their efforts on D-Day and the days and months to follow", they said.

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"Hynes was a member of the Greatest Generation, and we, and all of our country will be forever thankful for their heroism and leadership they demonstrated", continued officials. "The thoughts and prayers of Mayor Conley and the Borough Council are with his family, especially his brother Leslie Hynes, during this difficult time".


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