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.
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
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