On Veteran’s Day, 2017, Ernie Mezey remembers those who died, on the 35th anniversary of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial

Fans of Wayne Hills football know well Ernie Mezey’s powerful voice, which has graced the public address system at home games for 18 seasons. He’s seen the Patriots win nine state championships.

What many might not know is that Ernie served his country in the United States Army during the era of the Vietnam War and that Ernie’s brother, Peter, was a Captain in the Army and served two tours in Vietnam, while with the Infantry. (Peter Mezey is now retired and living in Florida).

Ernie Mezey (second from right), in his usual place in the press box, announcing at a Wayne Hills football game. (Click on photo for larger image)

Ernie was stationed in Europe, and worked in Intelligence with the Army, but he knows full well the sacrifice of the 58,479 men and women who died in the war, from 1959 through 1975, as well as those who are still considered Missing in Action a half century later.

Before the opening kickoff at last Friday night’s playoff game against Morris Hills, on the eve of Veteran’s Day, 2017, Ernie took a moment to read a beautiful poem, that he had penned, of a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

 

I REMEMBER WHEN ….
OUR COUNTRY LOST MANY GOOD MEN
WHEN I WENT TO THE “WALL” …
SO MANY NAMES DID STAND TALL …
THEN I TRACED A NAME …
TO GIVE IT A SORT OF FAME …
AS THE YEARS HAVE GONE BY …
MAY OUR SPIRITS REMAIN HIGH …
SO MANY DECEMBERS …
HOW IMPORTANT IT IS … THAT ONE REMEMBERS

 

The Wall, in Washington, DC, a place of healing for so many, was dedicated on Veteran’s Day, 1982. (Click on photo for larger image)

“Having served in the United States Army during the Vietnam era, I know very well the sacrifice of so many,” said Mezey. “My brother served two tours there, and so many others fought and died there. I’ve been to The Wall in Washington, and know what it means to trace someone’s name. It’s very powerful.”

 

 

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By mike051893

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