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Madden/Norcross Measure To Create Honor Guard Ribbon Is Now Law

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Fred H. Madden and Donald Norcross, which would create the New Jersey Honor Guard Ribbon to recognize the selfless service of members of the National Guard, has been signed into law.

“This new law will honor the men and women who serve as the goodwill ambassadors of the armed forces,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester. “Members of the Honor Guard are often called on to represent the armed forces and honor their fallen comrades, and it is only fitting that we thank them for their contributions to the United States military.”

“Those who serve in the New Jersey Honor Guard are dedicated to ensuring that their fallen comrades receive a service that recognizes the extraordinary contributions they made to our country,” said Senator Norcross, D-Camden and Gloucester. “It is only proper that we also recognize their distinguished service to this state.”

Under the legislation, S-1869, the law provides that a Bronze Star will be awarded for members of the Honor Guard who complete 130 missions (assignments) within a two-year period. Members who complete 200 missions (assignments) within a three-year period will receive a Silver Star.

The law also calls for administrative support personnel to receive an Honor Guard ribbon after completing a minimum of nine months of service in support of the Honor Guard program.

The measure was unanimously approved by Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee on May 21, 2010, and by the full Senate on June 21, 2010.

This bill will take effect two months from its signing. #