Sussex County veterans honored at fairgrounds

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  • John Harrigan of Vernon led the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America during Sunday's parade and ceremonies at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Harrigan is the driving force behind establishing a veteran's cemetery in Sparta.

  • World War II veteran and former prisoner of war Lt. Col. Henry Supchak, 98, of Hampton was a bomber pilot who was shot down while on a mission to Germany.

  • At the far right, Hamburg resident and former Hamburg Senior's Club president Anna Mae Schurko, 85, was in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during the World War II. She and the other ladies who served during the war were presented at first with yellow roses and then with bouquets of flowers near the end of the ceremonies.

  • Cub Scout Pack 83 of Stillwater.

  • American Legion of Sussex County truck.

  • Newton High School band.

  • Members of Hamburg Boy Scout Troop number 187.

On Sunday, several hundred residents came out to honor the county’s veterans during the 13th Annual Salute to Military Veterans parade and ceremonies at the Sussex County Fairgrounds.

The event was sponsored by the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Sussex County Department of Human Services, Division of Senior Services and the Veterans Committee.

A somber event, it was meant to show appreciation for those who served their country in times of war. Marching in the parade were veterans’ groups, area scouts, service groups, bagpipers and a collection of antique military and civilian vehicles.

At the close of the ceremony six veterans fired a 21-gun salute which was followed by the playing of taps. Later in The Richard’s Building, hot dogs and cold drinks were available as were representatives of various veteran’s-oriented organizations. The county freeholders distributed a special anniversary pin to the veterans who attended.


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