New Jersey State Senators Sean Kean (R- Monmouth) and Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Middlesex) will lead the Republican caucus in submitting a resolution honoring New Jersey's military service members killed in the line of duty while fighting Nazism in World War II. Their resolution comes in direct response to a rally planned for April 16, 2011 by a neo-Nazi group, which will take place next to New Jersey's World War II Memorial.
"New Jersey's World War II Memorial was dedicated in 2008 to honor the sacrifices of those who fought fascism overseas to preserve our freedoms at home," said Kean. "Their memory is being desecrated by a fringe group of morally repugnant individuals who are exploiting the very Constitutional rights for which those service members fought and died. This resolution will defend the honor of our fallen in the face of those who would disrespect their memory with bigotry and hate."
The hate rally, planned by an organization called the National Socialist Group, comes nearly 66 years to the day after the liberation of numerous Nazi concentration camps by American soldiers. Yom Hashoah, the official Holocaust Remembrance Day that commemorates the liberation of Nazi concentration camps, is May 2nd, 2011.
"The timing of this couldn't be any more offensive," Beck added.
New Jersey lost 30, 000 residents in World War II.
New Jersey's World War II Memorial particularly honors nine New Jerseyans who received the Congressional Medal of Honor fighting the Nazis, including six service members who were killed in action.
Bayonne's Nicholas Oresko, now of Cresskill, is the nation's oldest living recipient of the Medal of Honor, earned for heroic actions at Tettingen, German on January 23, 1945.
"Though the law protects the right to free speech and assembly which this group so clearly takes for granted, that does not mean they are welcome in Trenton or anywhere else in New Jersey," Beck stated. "While this group of bigots attempts to resurrect a twisted set of beliefs long ago rejected by history, we in the Legislature will pay tribute to the memory of those who represent the best of America- our service men and women."
All Senators are invited to join in co-sponsorship of this resolution.