SLATER PARK RENAMED MARCIANTE-MILLET-JACKSON PARK ON MEMORIAL DAY

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SLATER PARK RENAMED MARCIANTE-MILLET-JACKSON PARK ON MEMORIAL DAY

 

ELIZABETH, NJ—June 1, 2012— In a solemn ceremony at a waterfront park on Memorial Day, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage officially renamed Slater park after three young Elizabeth men who lost their lives fighting for their country in Afghanistan and Iraq: Army Corporal Luigi Marciante Jr., Army Specialist Pedro Antonio Millet IV, and Marine Lance Corporal Francisco R. Jackson.

“Naming a park for these heroes is a small gesture compared to the ultimate sacrifice they paid to protect us,” said Mayor Bollwage. “For their friends and family who visit, there still are no words that can heal your hearts…but rest assured, these brave young men who answered the call and fought for their country will not be forgotten.”

Representatives from the grieving families spoke at the podium for a few minutes thanking the City of Elizabeth and reflecting on their loss. The Elizabeth Honor Guard Gun Salute was punctuated by sobbing as family members hugged one another by the sign and its flower bed. 

After the playing of Taps, City Council Members Frank Cuesta, Manny Grova and Patricia Perkins-Auguste joined Mayor Bollwage and family members in unveiling the sign with its new official name: Marciante-Millet-Jackson Park.

Army Corporal Luigi Marciante Jr. was born in Elizabeth on November 10, 1981, and was killed in action on September 20, 2007 in Iraq. Army Specialist Pedro Antonio Millet was born in Puerto Rico on April 23, 1990, and was killed in action Sunday August 22, 2010 in Afghanistan. Marine Lance Corporal Francisco R. Jackson was born in the Dominican Republic on December 24, 1985, and killed in action October 19, 2010 in Afghanistan.