Essex County Recognizes Fallen West Point Cadet Christopher Morgan as Veteran of the Year

From Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo:

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (right) posthumously named the late Christopher Morgan as Essex County Veteran of the Year during the Annual Essex County Veterans’ Day Ceremony on November 1st. Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (left) joined DiVincenzo in presenting the award to Morgan’s parents, April and Chris Sr.

Veterans’ Day is Monday, November 11. Each year, it’s an opportunity for all of us to recognize the brave men and women who have served in our Armed Forces, acknowledge the tremendous sacrifices they and their families have made and thank them for protecting us at home and abroad. They put their lives on the line and for that we should all feel grateful.

This year at our Essex County Veterans Day Ceremony, we highlighted Christopher Morgan, the first person ever from West Orange to be admitted to the West Point military academy. CJ, as he was known, was a natural born leader who wanted to give back by serving his country. Unfortunately, he lost his life earlier this year during a training exercise. CJ’s undeniably infectious personality and warm spirit lives on and his legacy will hopefully inspire future generations to serve.

We send thanks to all who have served the United States, and hopes for the safety of those who are serving now. Together we will continue Putting Essex County and our Veterans First.

Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
Essex County Executive

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