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Date: May 8, 2008

Picatinny to dedicate memorial to fallen New Jersey service members

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PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Picatinny will unveil a tree memorial honoring all New Jersey-connected service members who have lost their lives during the Global War on Terrorism during a ceremony here 9 a.m. May 17.

Members of the media and invited guests, including family members of the fallen service members, are welcome to attend the ceremony.

The tree memorial, which will be located on Picatinny grounds, consists of red oak trees planted along various locations in memory of the fallen heroes.

"This is our way of remembering those who have paid the ultimate price fighting the war on terrorism," explained Picatinny Garrison Commander Lt. Col. John P. Stack.

A red oak has been dedicated to each service member and an inscribed plaque with the service member's name, rank and hometown is located in front of each tree.

The red oak was selected for the memorial because it is the state tree of New Jersey.

The dedication ceremony will begin with a formal observance including remarks from Picatinny Commanding General Brig. Gen. William N. Phillips.

Additionally, the event will include a color guard and a bagpipe salute.

Afterward, guests will have the opportunity to tour the memorial sites, and a reception for the family members will follow, which the media are invited to attend.