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Essex County remembers contributions

ELIZABETHTOWN Essex County took time to remember one of its most heroic sons this week. As part of the Essex County Board of Supervisors Memorial Day recognition, a ceremony was held to remember Raymond Buzz Wright, Essex Countys only Congressional Medal of Honor Winner. The ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 29 at the Essex County Complex in Elizabethtown. During it, an autumn leaf maple tree was planted and memorial plaque unveiled, and several speakers recognized Wrights extraordinary heroism. Wright, a Moriah native, was awarded the Medal of Honor while serving in the Army in Vietnam. On May 2, 1967, Wright distinguished himself during a combat patrol, participating in a two-man assault to drive an enemy platoon from a well-prepared position. Wright passed away in 1999. Essex County Board Chairman Noel Merrihew said the county felt it was appropriate to honor Wrights memory by planting a tree. Over 100 people attended the ceremony, including about thirty members of Wrights family. He was a wonderful man, he did a wonderful job and hes deeply missed, said Wrights daughter, Keriann. He did what he could for his country, and he gave what he could. Wrights best friend, Joe Rosselli, said the ceremony was well done. He recalled Wright as a great guy, adding that the tree was a fitting tribute. He did a lot for the whole country. People like that make this country, said Rosselli. Wrights niece, Crystal Wright Farrell, read a news article about Wrights return after receiving the Medal of Honor. Farrell pointed out that 10 of Wrights siblings served in the military, showing a family commitment to the United States. Bernie Podres, a member of the Mineville VFW 5802, said that Wright had been a distinguished member of the group. There are only two medal of honor winners from New York.

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