For Memorial Day 2010, the Borough of Tenafly, the Mayor, and the Counsel wish to honor the men and women who have protected, served, and defended Tenafly, New Jersey.
According to Wikipedia, , the literal translation of the word hero means “protector” or “defender”; that a “hero (male) or heroine (female) came to refer to characters who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self-sacrifice – that is, heroism – for some greater good of all humanity, originally of martial courage or excellence but extended to more general moral excellence.”
Tenafly, NJ has its own heroes. Carl Loschi of Newcomb Road, a WWII veteran, has recently been awarded the French Legion of Honor medal. This is the highest level of medals that France can bestow on a person. With the ferocious fighting going on all around them – landing on the Normandy beach on D-Day was not an easy task. Not having any officers to lead them, Carl and what was left standing of his buddies moved inland to achieve their goal. Carl was wounded and sent home. Carl and his buddies showed the true mark of an American fighting man/soldier. American soldiers have earned a reputation among other nations military for thinking for themselves and doing what needed to be done without having officers to lead them.
Not only are our folks serving in Iraq and Afganistan heroes, our Volunteer firemen, our police officers, our Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and the people who answer to the call of an emergency in our community are our heroes as well.
These are the kind of people Tenafly will be honoring on Tuesday, May 25th. A dessert reception, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will be held at the Peace Plaza near the Tenafly Public Library to show our appreciation to our city staff members and our volunteers.
On Monday, May 31st, the Memorial Day parade will commence at 10 a.m. with a ceremony at the Elks Club on Franklin Street to honor and thank the men and women of the armed forces.
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