Linden’s Memorial Day: Remembering & Honoring Fallen Heroes

By Ron Stefanowicz, Commander Linden Veterans Council

Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka (right) presents a flag to Mrs. Johnnie Mae Paul, mother of the late PFC  Eugene Law (Photo courtesy of the City of Linden)

Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka (right) presents a flag to Mrs. Johnnie Mae Paul, mother of the late PFC Eugene Law (Photo courtesy of the City of Linden)

LINDEN — The City of Linden and its Veterans organizations celebrated Memorial Day by Honoring the memory of the fallen heroes throughout our nation’s history  “who gave the last full measure of devotion” to their nation. Mere words cannot capture the enormity of their sacrifice or the anguish of loved ones they left behind.

On Memorial Day, the over 150 Memorial Day participants of city officials, veterans organizations, their auxiliary and residents visited all of  the 15  City of Linden monuments, and honored all of our local hero’s who gave the full measure of their life  in service of their country.  This year a special honor was held at the City Hall of Linden Vietnam Veterans Monument.

The City of Linden and its veterans organizations honored a local hero Eugene Law, USMC who gave a full measure of his life in service of his country. Also honored was his mother, Mrs. Johnnie Mae Paul, a Gold Star Mother. Members of the family in attendance were his sisters, aunts, uncles, nephew, niece and friends of the family.

The memorial service commenced with Mrs. Paul unveiling the newly added name plate of PFC Law, followed by Mayor Richard Gerbounka presenting her with the Flag of the United States, a symbol of Honor given to the loved one left behind. The program continued with veterans honoring ceremony of placing of flags and wreath at monument followed by military prayer, Honor Guard firing a fallen hero’s volley salute and Taps.  The Memorial Day participants ended the monument visiting services with lunch hosted by Vietnam Veterans, Chapter 669 and prepared by Linden American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary.

The Memorial Day celebration ended with an honor to those who serve today and for their families and loved ones as they endure the hardship and uncertainty of deployment.

We thank all those people responsible for making the Honoring of PFC Law possible.  Mayor Gerbounka for questioning missing name on Linden’s Vietnam  monument, Carl Pereira, Commander Vietnam Veterans who worked on the monument plaque and a special thanks to all the Linden Veteran’s organization who’s financial support made name addition to our Vietnam monument possible and special thanks to the Life in Linden Paper publishers Tina and Joe Renna who are true patriots in supporting all veteran activities published in their paper and to Villani Bus Company for their unyielding support of veteran organizations.

The Memorial Day monument visiting participants; American Legion, Post # 102, Members, SAL Honor Guard and Ladies auxiliary Catholic War Vets Post #447, Linden Marine League, Martin Danoski Detachment, Post # 91, Polish  Legion of American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans, Chapter 779  and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post # 1397, members and Ladies Auxiliary, LHS ROTC Color Guard,  Mayor Gerbounka, Police Chief Schulhafer, Chuck Leonard DJ and Veteran Photographer, Dee and Linda Villani, The Villani Patriotic Bus, Mrs. MaryAnn Dorin, Councilman Sheehy and many other Linden residents in attendance.


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