MILITARY & VETERANS AFFAIRS
(25 Sept., 2013)
Ocean City Music Pier To Host Veterans Medal Ceremony
WHO/WHAT: Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff, The Adjutant General, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, will present state military awards to more than 16 veterans, the majority from Ocean county with veterans from Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties. Veterans will be honored for service in Korea, Vietnam, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Music Pier, Ocean City, Moorlyn Terrace at the boardwalk
THE STORY: The N.J. Distinguished Service Medal (NJ DSM) was originally issued in 1858 for those who distinguished themselves in the New Jersey Militia, but was used infrequently until re-authorized by Governor Kean in 1988. The NJ DSM was then authorized for that purpose. It is New Jersey’s highest military award. Since its re-authorization in 1988, more than 30,000 medals have been awarded to combat veterans from New Jersey.
In order to be eligible for the Distinguished Service Medal you must meet all the following criteria: currently be a resident of New Jersey, have been a resident of New Jersey at the time you entered into military service, have been honorably discharged, have proof of having served in combat while on active duty during wartime. The DSM can be awarded posthumously to the next-of-kin of a veteran who meets the criteria.
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Veterans invited to Ocean City Music Pier ceremony are as follows: