First Posted: 5/31/2013
For Dupont’s VFW Post 4909, American Legion Post 657 and the AMVETS Post 189 members, the central event on Memorial Day is to pay respect and remember the fallen. Post members placed more than 600 flags at local cemeteries, selling poppies, the symbol of Memorial Day.
But the main focus is carrying on the tradition of setting up the display of 60 crosses which bear the names of all Dupont residents who gave their lives in the line of duty. This display is located on the Memorial Lawn in front of the Dupont Municipal Building on Chestnut Street.
This tradition began over 20 years ago when George Legezdh, former Dupont mayor, police chief and veteran, wanted to find a way to commemorate Dupont’s fallen soldiers. On Memorial Day, the ceremony included the reading of each name followed by the toll of a bell after each name is announced.
Legezdh passed away in 2009 but his time-honored idea continues through the help of the members of the VFW, American Legion and AMVETS. This year, Bernard McDonald, commander of AMVETS 189, and Gerard Guranri, AMVETS Adjutant Post 189, had the honor of placing the commemorative crosses.
Again, Dupont remembered its sons who made the ultimate sacrifice: Pvt. Joseph Motiska, Sgt. Barney F. White, Pvt. Frank Kotula, Spec 4 C Daniel R. Romanko, Sgt. Bernard Bryk, Lt. Col. Richard Berrettini, Pvt. Joseph Zureski, Pvt. Ronald Urbanski, Airman 2C Ronald E. Snopkowski, Seaman 1C John J. Rindos, Sgt Alex Rolek, Sgt. Sylvester V. Daley Lello, PFC Stephen Kundla, Staff Sgt. Edward Kadluboski, M. Sgt. Frank Celusniak, Sgt. Edward Barnak, Seaman Stanley Cebula, Cpl John J. Potorski, Pvt. Robert J. Volack, Staff Sgt. Peter J. Poremba, Seaman 2C Willard Koteck, PFC John Romanowski, PFC Henry A. Grabowski, T. Sgt Steve Stupak, Pvt. Andrew Kundla, Cpl Peter J. Knick-Bish, S. Sgt. John S. Opiela, Pvt. John Sroka, Pvt. John B. Kivak, T SGt. Stanley Karkut, T. SGt. Walter Plisga, Pvt. Frank Legezdh, Sgt. Ebon C. Morris, 1st Lt. Stanaley S. Zdun, Sgt. John Rainane-Ross, P 1C Edward W. Serafin, S Sgt. Edmund Lokuta, P 1C Peter Goyla,Jr., PVT 1C Edward W. Serafin, S. Sgt Edmund Lokuta, Seaman F C Jerome D. Chernefski, Pvt. FC Peter Loncala, Pvt Fc Walter Moskowitz, Seaman 2C Frank J. Ziantz, Pvt FC Jacob P. Vida, S Sgt Joseph J. Olejnick, PFC John Rokita, PFC John J. Kutza, Edward J. Satkkowski, Seaman 2C Frank K. Knick, Pvt. Michael Poka, Pvt. FC Michael Insogna, Pvt FC Albert Przybytek, Seaman 2C John E. Kuna, Pvt FC Thomas E. Kulick, Seaman 3 C Stephen J. Pramick, T Sgt. Raymond J. Rosato, Seaman 1C Edward J. Marsh, S. Sgt Stanley Wysokinski.