Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Memorial Day BMorris County’s 2016 Memorial Day ceremony, sponsored by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25, at noon, on the front lawn of the Morris County Courthouse on Washington Street in Morristown.

The keynote speaker will be U.S. Army. Lt. Col Edward C. Croot, who has served in operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Yemen and Zambia, while supporting operations in Pakistan and serving as a key terrorism adviser to the Embassy in Bangladesh. He also grew up in Long Valley.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony, during which the freeholders will also present the Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medal to 10 Morris County veterans in recognition of their service to our nation. Included is 99-year-old U.S. Army World War II veteran Herman Rosenberg, who will turn 100 on June 12.

The medal is unique to Morris County and features the county seal encircled with the words, “Morris County Distinguished Military Service,” on the front.  An outline of the county and the American flag is on the back of the medal, along with the words, “Morris County Freeholders Military Commemorative.”

Memorial Day AEach medal’s striped ribbon is the color of the specific conflict during which the veteran served.

Since the freeholders began the program in 2000, nearly 10,000 medals have been presented to veterans or to their family members.

More information about the Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medal program may be obtained by contacting the Morris County Veterans Service Office at 973-285-6866. Also, for more on veterans services in Morris County, visit: http://hs.morriscountynj.gov/veterans/