Sep 182017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

6:00 PM
Montgomery Twp. Municipal Building
2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ 08502

This will be a brief ceremony to acknowledge Montgomery Township’s new designation as a “Purple Heart Community”.  This designation recognizes the sacrifice of all military members who have been wounded or killed while serving the nation in a time of war.  Members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart will be present.

Keynote speaker will be Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff is Adjutant General of the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard.

Accepting the honor on behalf of Montgomery and reading a Township resolution will be Montgomery Mayor Ed Trzaska, Administrator Donato Nieman, and Township Clerk Donna Kukla.

Ashley Henderson-Huff

This event is intentionally set on the anniversary of Township resident Ashley Henderson-Huff being killed in Iraq. [KIA: 9.19.06] The United States military awarded First Lt. Huff the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. She was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Combat Action Badge.

There will be special plaques and presentations honoring the memory of both Lt. Ashley Henderson-Huff and SP4 Stephen H. Warner, a young war correspondent killed in action in Vietnam.  Both of these brave soldiers hailed from Montgomery and attended Montgomery High School.

Although Ashley and Stephen were most the most recent, there are eight soldiers with stars next to their names on the Montgomery Veterans Memorial who were killed in action.  They

Stephen H. Warner

are (in alphabetical order):

  • George L Brown
  • James Cray
  • John A Cray
  • Arthur S Dixon
  • Ashley Henderson-Huff
  • Michael Malko
  • Charles Rospopa
  • Stephen H Warner

Committee Members


January, 2018

Pete Rayner (Navy), Chairman
Former Montgomery Township Administrator, Retired

Dale Weingart, Deputy Chairwoman
Lead teacher, All Day Learning Centers
Former Administrative Assistant and Head Teller, Montgomery National Bank

Hugh Dyer (Navy), Regular Member
American Management Co., Retired

Hon. Ted Lubas (Army), Regular Member
Former Mayor, Montgomery Township, Retired

Hon. Don Matthews, Regular Member
Former Mayor, Montgomery Township
Senior Vice President, Filigree Systems, Inc.

Harel Rosen, MD, Regular Member
Neonatologist, Onsite Neonatal Partners, Inc. & Riddle Memorial Hospital
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University
Military Medical Collector and Historian

Mark Caliguire, Advisor
Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Patricia Graham, Township Committee Liaison
Montgomery Township Committee

Ed Trzaska, Advisor
Committeeman, Montgomery Township

Mike Maloney (Marine Corps), Advisor
Landscape Designer, Landscape Marshal

Tom Devine, Advisor
Owner, Midlantic Medical Systems

William G. Hyncik, Jr., (Army), Advisor
Executive Director, Princeton Orthopaedic Associates

Karen Zimmerman, Advisor
Montgomery Twp. Recreation Director

Nancy Gartenberg, Advisor
Superintendent, Montgomery Twp. School District

Christopher Jaeger, Advisor/Police Dept. Liaison


Honoring the significant contributions of past Committee Members

Gerald (Gerry) Cianfrocca (Army)
Vietnam War Veteran, Founding member and First MVM Committee Chair, Executive at Johnson & Johnson

Claude Lewis (Navy)
WW II Veteran, Founding MVM Committee member, Montgomery Township Fire Commissioner & Fire Police