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Memorial Day 2015

May 25, 2015 (Kearny, NJ) The Memorial Day weekend is a time to reflect and honor our soldiers present and past.

In past years, KOTW has marked this solemn day to highlight two local residents, Army Staff Sgt. Edward Karolasz and Marine Lance Corporal Osbrany Montes de Oca, who gave their lives serving the United States of America in Iraq and Afghanistan. The passage of time has required that we update or delete broken links in those stories that have changed or been removed completely but the sentiment continues and our sense that we must stop and honor our soldiers and their families has not changed.

Kristine Karolasz, 30, accompanied by her 8-year-old daughter, Brianna Lancha, listen to Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the fourth annual “A Time of Remembrance” ceremony on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Sept. 26, 2009. Kristine mourns the loss of her brother, Edward Karolasz, an Army staff sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division who was killed in action on Nov. 19, 2005, in Bayji, Iraq.Photograph courtesy of Gerry J. Gilmore.

On November 19, 2005, one of Kearny's residents serving in Iraq lost his life as a result of a road side bomb in Baiji, Iraq. Army Staff Sgt. Edward Karolasz gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

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St. Patrick's United Irish Parade Kicks Off Today



East Newark Volunteer Fire Department Parade 1941 Fire Engine (Photo courtesy United Irish Facebook page)

March 15, 2015 (Kearny, NJ) In October 1973, four clubs: The Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 7, The Irish American Club, The Four Provinces, and The Friends of Erin came together to form the United Irish Association. The first parade organized by this new association was in 1974. The founding members were: John Evans, Bob Reid, Desmond Boomer, Bob Carney, Dennis Smith, Ike O'Hagan, Frank Morgan and Eugene Docherty.

The United Irish Associations of West Hudson, Inc. was established as a non-profit corporation in the State of New Jersey in 1989 in order to perpetuate the work of educating the public about and propagating Irish-American culture. The organization now has ten member organizations: Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 7 Kearny, The Cifelli Association, East Newark Volunteer Fire Department, Friends of Erin Kearny, Harrison / East Newark B.P.O. Elks Lodge #2326, Irish American Association Kearny, Knights of Columbus Council #402 Harrison, Knights of Columbus Council #6928 Kearny, LCCC Lithuanian Catholic Community Club, and the Scots-American Club Kearny.

The United Irish Associations of West Hudson is responsible for funding, managing, and presenting the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade through the New Jersey towns of East Newark, Harrison, and Kearny.



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