The real reason to celebrate Memorial Day weekend

05/29/2010 12:00 AM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO
Mary Langhorn (left), mother of Congressional Medal of Honor
recipient PFC. Garfield M. Langhorn, looks on as her nephews
(brothers) Jeffrey, Robert and Dewey, all of Riverhead, polish
the memorial to their cousin on the grounds of Riverhead Town
Hall Saturday morning to prepare it for the Memorial Day
ceremony Monday morning when a wreath will be placed there.
Dewey Langhron said that it was an ‘honor and privilege’ to do
this in the memory of Mr. Langhorn.

As Riverhead residents were out grocery shopping and getting their barbecues ready for the three-day weekend the Langhorn family had some more important business to take care of Saturday morning.
Mary Langhorn and three of her nephews headed to the grounds of Town Hall to polish and prepare the statue of Medal of Honor recipient Garfield Langhorn for a Memorial Day ceremony Monday.
Pfc. Langhorn was killed in action in 1969 during the Vietnam War, when
he jumped on a live grenade to save the lives of fellow troops. Agraduate of Riverhead High School, he served as a radio
operator in the U.S. Army before he died in Pleiku Province.
President Obama is expected to soon sign legislation renaming the West Main
Street post office the Private First Class Garfield M. Langhorn Post
Office Building. The bill was recently passed in the Senate.
Similar legislation sponsored by Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton)
was passed unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives in January.
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