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There is a memorial park in Nutley honoring our bravest Americans

This monument dedicated to Henry Svehla, a hero of the Korean War, is at a memorial park in Nutley.
Lucy Santos

After such a harsh winter across the United States, Americans will certainly enjoy the warmer weather. Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of the summer season, a day when the beaches are open to the public for the entire summer and Americans will frolic at the shore once again. Memorial Day is also a time to remember all the Americans who fought in wars and sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Henry Svehla was an American soldier of the Korean War who sacrificed his life for freedom and shielded members of his platoon from an enemy attack on June 12, 1952 at Pyongyang, Korea. As a result of the assault, he was mortally wounded and died at the age of 19 making the ultimate sacrifice to save members of his platoon. His remains were never identified. He was a true American patriot whose act of heroism was never forgotten. On May 2, 2011, President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Svehla’s family members.

At a memorial park in Nutley on Union Avenue, there is a stone monument honoring Henry Svelha for his valor in the Korean War. There are also other memorials at the park dedicated to selfless Americans. One monument was dedicated by the disabled American veterans of Belleville and Nutley; it honors all the veterans of WWI, WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. There is also a striking memorial with columns dedicated to all the Americans who served our country. The monument includes the names of the following three New Jerseyans from Essex County who were lost in the 911 attacks: Antoinette Dryer, Harry J. Garner III and Harry Ramos.

The memorial park in Nutley is a quiet place to visit where people can pay homage to our finest Americans. There are benches at the small park and a pond where you can see the reflection of the monument with columns. This is a good place to visit on Memorial Day or any other day of the year when you want to pay respect to our finest Americans.

Memorial Day is a time to celebrate the upcoming summer season of fun and relaxation, but we must remember not to forget the veterans who made so many sacrifices for us.