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The Times
  • Brothers recognized for honoring ‘fallen stars’

  • For every soldier memorialized on the Fallen Star Memorial murals, each has had at least one community project done in their name.

    On Monday, two brothers were recognized for independently continuing to honor and recognize these fallen soldiers through community projects.

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  • For every soldier memorialized on the Fallen Star Memorial murals, each has had at least one community project done in their name.
    On Monday, two brothers were recognized for independently continuing to honor and recognize these fallen soldiers through community projects.
    Ray Lenarcic, founder of the Fallen Star Memorial Committee, along with U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R - Barneveld, presented Bernie Sommer, of Mohawk, and his brother, Marc Sommer, of Herkimer, with Fallen Star Memorial Certificates for their show of support.
    Most recently, Bernie and Marc Sommer honored Army Sgt. William R. Wilson, Marine Corporal Christopher D. Bordom, Petty Officer First Class Alex Mazur and Private First Class Theodore M. Glende. Their community projects included a bike rodeo over the summer. A golf tournament scheduled for Sept. 29 at Holland Heights Golf Club will also be in honor of a fallen star.
    “I’ve never been in the service, but it’s my right to give back,” said Bernie Sommer during the event at Veterans Park at Herkimer County Community College.
    Over 400 such community projects have been completed since the Fallen Star Memorial was first unveiled in 2008. There are now the pictures of 295 soldiers from New York who have died while serving the country in Iraq and Afghanistan; four more since the third mural was unveiled in July.
    The Fallen Stars Memorial Mural depicts the names, hometowns, ranks and branches of service for each of those soldiers from New York that have perished while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The names are arranged chronologically. A pamphlet is available to help viewers easily find a “fallen star.”
    Committee members said they are willing to transport the murals to any location across the state. It has, so far, traveled 70 times to multiple locations across the state, totaling over 9,000 miles. Those interested in having the murals at an event can contact the Mohawk Legion at 866-4870.
    Those interested in participating in the golf tournament can call 717-8719.
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