Posted Friday, May 21st, 2010

Morris County’s annual Memorial Day observance sponsored by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders will be Wednesday, May 26 at noon on the front lawn of the Morris County Courthouse.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony, during which the freeholders will present the Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medal to approximately 20 Morris County veterans.

The freeholders started their practice of honoring the county’s veterans with the medals in 2000. Since that time, more than 9,000 medals have been presented to veterans or to their family members.

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.” Each medal’s striped ribbon is the color of the specific conflict during which the veteran served.

Eligibility requirements for receiving a Distinguished Military Service Medal include having served on active duty, not for training, during periods that have been designated by the Department of Veterans Affairs and for which a veteran is eligible for battle pins.

The individual may be a current or former Morris County resident, but did not have to live in the county during his or her time of active duty. A veteran must have received an honorable discharge, and discharge papers will be required for proof of service.

Veterans or their family members must register with the Morris County Department of Human Services at 973-285-6866.