Veterans Day 2022

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Please join the Township of South Orange Village, family, and friends as we place a plaque for Major Dwayne Kelley and Lance Corporal Edward “Augie” Schroeder who both lost their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  This plaque placement is an important part of ensuring that these heroes are not forgotten.  The ceremony will take place at 10:00 am on Veterans Day at the Memorial Rock at the South Orange Duck Pond in Meadowland Park.  Please feel free to join us, rain or shine. 

Veterans Day
Friday, November 11, 2022 
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Memorial Rock


Lance Corporal Edward A. Schroeder II

April 10, 1982 - August 3, 2005

Operation Iraqi Freedom

United States Marines

3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division

Columbia High School Graduate, Class of 2000

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Major Dwayne M. Kelley

May 25, 1960 - June 24, 2009

Operation Iraqi Freedom

United States Army Reserve

432nd Civil Affairs Battalion

Detective Sergeant First Class with the New Jersey State Police

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Memorial Rock

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As of Memorial Day, May 2022, the Memorial Rock, located by the South Orange Duck Pond, has three plaques honoring 70 South Orange war heroes, who lost their lives during past military conflicts. The three plaques list those who died during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Of the 416,800 U.S. soldiers who died in WWII, 59 were from South Orange. During the Korean War, 36,913 soldiers died; 6 were from South Orange. In the Vietnam War, of the 58,077 soldiers who lost their lives, 5 were from South Orange.

Credit to the South Orange Public Library Wiki 

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