Friday, May 30th, 2008

The Morris County Freeholders on May 30 honored 11 veterans by presenting them with the Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medal.

The ceremony was part of the county’s annual Memorial Day observance on the front lawn of the Morris County Courthouse.

One of the medals was posthumously presented to Gulf War veteran and Chester native Marc R. Dilley, who was killed in auto accident in Jefferson one year ago. Dilley’s mother, Dorella Dilley, accepted the medal.

Gulf War veteran Terence Coletta of Parsippany, was recognized but could not attend the ceremony. Coletta, a Marine reservist, was scheduled to leave Friday for his second deployment to Iraq.

Among those receiving medals were World War II veterans Armand J. Inelli of Chester; Henry Leer of the Landing section of Roxbury; and William Watson of Millington, Long Hill Township.

Also receiving medals were Herbert Feinstein of Parsippany, a veteran of the Korean War, and Vietnam veterans David Hourigan of Wharton and Henry Broxmeier of Morristown.

Veterans honored who served during the Gulf War besides Coletta were Christopher B. Gates of Mendham; Stanley N. Demby of Wharton; and James J. Vigilante of Parsippany.

Morris County Freeholder Director Margaret Nordstrom noted the ceremony’s date, May 30, was the date Memorial Day, then called Decoration Day, was first observed 140 years ago.

“Through the generations, up to and including today, we in this country have been blessed to have men and women like you who have stepped forward when America needed them most,” Nordstrom told the veterans.

“We are indebted to you for your service and the many sacrifices you and your families endured.”

The freeholders started their practice of honoring the county’s veterans with Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medals in 2000. Since that time, some 8,400 medals, unique to Morris County, have been presented to veterans or to their family members.

More information about the program may be obtained by contacting the Morris County Veterans Service Office at 973-285-6866.