SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – It was a day the late Sergeant Trista Moretti would have loved. The spirit of competition was in the air, but more importantly, family and friends were all on hand as the South Plainfield Parents Ponytail Association dedicated a new flag pole and plaque in honor of Moretti in between games at the SPPPA 10U softball tournament this past weekend.
“We’re dedicating this flag pole and plaque to a true American hero, Trista Moretti,” said Frank Donaruma. “For those unfamiliar with Sergeant Trista Moretti’s story she was a lifelong resident of South Plainfield that gave the ultimate sacrifice to her country on June 25th 2007 at the age of 27. Sergeant Moretti was an accomplished soldier in the Army, a role model and a true American hero.”
The flag pole which proudly stands beyond the right field fence on Field #2 at Ponytail Park was donated earlier this year by the South Plainfield Free Public Library.
“I’m so glad we were able to help out by donating the flag pole,” said South Plainfield Library Director Linda Hansen. “It is great to see the flag pole found a home here at Ponytail Park, said South Plainfield Councilwoman and former Library Vice President Christine Faustini. “It is being used for a great purpose representing the spirit of both America and Sergeant Moretti.”
“We are just so excited and overwhelmed by this today,” said Trista Moretti’s sister Jennifer Moretti-Crespo. “Trista would really love it here today, the town has just been so supportive of us and our family and we are just so appreciative of South Plainfield and Ponytail Softball for all they have done.”
The majestic flag pole is awaiting the permanent plaque which is scheduled to be installed later this summer.
“I applaud the South Plainfield Parents Ponytail Association for dedicating this flag pole in honor of Trista Moretti, a true American hero,” said Mayor Matthew P. Anesh. “May every parent and player who come to this complex come to understand our gratitude for Trista’s service and dedication to our country.”
Council President Derryck White echoed Anesh’s comments. “This flag pole dedication, at the fields where Trista played, will serve as an inspiration for future generations of young women to work hard and dream big, just like Trista,” said White.”
“This is just great,” said Trista’s mother Judy Moretti. “We just love coming here.”