Jade Village Restaurant in Chestnut Ridge, Rockland County was the place of choice for the Medal of Honor Delegation for MSG Juan E. Negron, posthumously awarded this unique combat decoration after 67 years, for gallantry above and beyond the call of duty after he answered his country’s call for citizen soldiers in the Korean War, 1951.
MSG Juan E. Negron was a soldier from the 65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rico nicknamed; “The Borinqueneers.” Their Regimental war records is quite impressive: www.valerosos.com
The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest decoration for valor the nation can bestow on a soldier. It is awarded in the name of the American people as a gesture of national gratitude for their sacrifice.
At Jade Village, food was great, the stories were inspiring, tears, laughter, pride, and gratitude were served up in sumptuous portions. The generosity of the Fixler Family was quietly rendered and sincerely received.
Dykstra Florist of Chestnut Ridge, prepared a fabulous floral arrangement that greeted Ms. Negron at the Comfort Inn Suites of Nanuet, New York. The burst of colors and springtime fragrance were as welcoming to her as the now famous “Dykstra Diva” hug.
This humble lady, representing her war hero father from Puerto Rico, best expressed the sentiment in which it was prepared for her with a tear that came from the heart.
Friday, 21 March, 6:30 – 7pm, a press conference and photo opportunity with the Medal of Honor will take place in the Fireplace lounge at the Comfort Inn Suites of Nanuet, New York.
The idea behind this photo session is people will exercise their bragging rights when showing the photo, and in doing so, will generate the oral tradition of telling the story of valor, sacrifice and selflessness that encapsulated the actions of MSG Negron, as they point to themselves, standing alongside the Congressional Medal of Honor. It will keep alive his memory and the deeds of the 65th Infantry Regiment as well.
The public are welcome to participate. There is no charge what so ever. Contributions are accepted by the 65th Honor Task Force, a not -for-profit based in Chestnut Ridge, dedicated for the past 14 years to saluting our unsung and forgotten soldiers. Barry Fixler of Barry’s Jewelry from Bardonia, will be on hand to autograph his book to the first 24 visitors who make a contribution. The first 50 photos will be donated by Nick Scootch productions to the first 50 contributors as well. Mr. Jose Guerra, a recipient of the New York State Medal of Honor, also of Chestnut Ridge from Guerra productions is donating his professional services as well. AMI Global Security, LLC of Chestnut Ridge is a professional service donor and will also be on hand. Thank you Chestnut Ridge!
Bring your cameras and record a slice of valorous American History for posterity.