On a cold February 4th morning, as most of our country prepared for the Super Bowl Sunday, the good people of Hoboken prepared for the ceremony named "The Four Chaplains."
An historic event that occurred on February 3, 1943, a Father, a Reverend, a Pastor and a Rabbi went down with the ship. A sinking ship.
This could very possibly be the most patriotic memory in the annals of our Church Square Park in Hoboken.
The Honorable Mayor of Hoboken, Mr. Dave Roberts, did not speak about the Bears vs. the Colts. Instead he graciously, sincerely and proudly addressed the Veterans of Hoboken and the gathered town's people.
Linda Corea who's grandfather Lawrence Mullins (Veteran WWI); her dad, Sergeant Joseph Roselli (Veteran of the Korean Conflict); her uncle, Master Sergeant John J. Mullins who served in the U.S. Army for 22 years ( WWII and the Korean Conflict) and then followed by eight years in Military Intelligence, 30 years of service to our country, also highly decorated in his years of service. Another important fact is they were all former Hobokenites. Also in attendance recently back from the Iraq War was our dear friend Bill.
This was a tremendous commencement of patriotism that was the chatter amongst those gathered. In closing the theme that seems to be left here in Church Square Park was one of respectful patriotism vs. a dark place of hatred which seems so prevalent in the mouths of some these days.
God Bless our Troops. God Bless America.
Kim and Linda Corea