At veterans' tribute, former Hamburg mayor urges renaming of park in their honor

Photo by Daniel Freel/New Jersey Herald – John Swank, of the New Jersey American Legion, positions American flags at the base of the High Point Monument during the American Legion Annual High Point Memorial Service for New Jersey Veterans Sunday at High Point State Park. HIGH POINT STATE PARK — In a ceremony marking the rededication of the High Point State Park monument to New Jersey’s veterans, the former state commander of the American Legion urged Sunday that the park itself be renamed to honor those who honorably served in the nation’s Armed Forces. Doing so, said former American Legion state Commander Roger Gengaro, would be a fitting way to ensure the park remains true to the wishes of Col. Anthony and Susie Dryden Kuser, who donated the land for it in 1923 and who later paid for the construction of the iconic monument that was dedicated in honor of the nation’s veterans in June 1930. Gengaro’s comments were echoed by former Hamburg Mayor John Yanish, a veteran of World War II whom Gengaro credited for having first suggested the idea in a letter he sent him during the past year. "In his opinion," said Gengaro, "the monument is […]

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