Resolution J4870-2013

Honoring Private First Class Edward J. Hofem, Jr. posthumously upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the New York State Senate

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  • May 13, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 13, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 6, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Private First Class Edward J. Hofem, Jr.
posthumously  upon  the  occasion  of  his designation as recipient of a
Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the  New
York State Senate

WHEREAS,  Members  of the Armed Services from the State of New York, who
have served so faithfully and courageously when our Nation's freedom was
at stake, as well as in the  preservation  of  peace  during  peacetime,
deserve a special salute from this Legislative Body; and
  WHEREAS,  The  dedication  and  sacrifices  of  our military personnel
ensure our continued role as a  Nation  which  embodies  the  ideals  of
democracy,  and  is  a  defender  of  liberty for peoples throughout the
world; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Private  First
Class  Edward J. Hofem, Jr. posthumously upon the occasion of his desig-
nation as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed  upon
an  individual by the New York State Senate, to be celebrated on Monday,
August 25, 2014; and
  WHEREAS, The New York State Senate Liberty Medal was established by  a
resolution  in  2014  and  is  awarded  to  individuals who have merited
special commendation for exceptional, heroic, or  humanitarian  acts  on
behalf of their fellow New Yorkers; and
  WHEREAS,  Private  First  Class Edward J. Hofem, Jr. died on August 8,
2007, at the age of 87; and
  WHEREAS, Born on October 11, 1919, to Elizabeth and Edward Hofem,  Sr.
in  Hudson,  New York, Private First Class Edward J. Hofem, Jr. attended
Hudson Elementary School; and
  WHEREAS, He began serving his country as a member of the United States
Army on July 24, 1942, in Upton, New York; and
  WHEREAS, On November 30, 1945, Private First Class  Edward  J.  Hofem,
Jr.  was honorably discharged from Fort Dix, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Private First Class Edward J. Hofem, Jr. was the recipient of
numerous awards and accolades for his exceptional service to his country
including:  Bronze  Star  Medal,  American Campaign Medal, Distinguished
Unit Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Campaign Medal  with
three  Bronze  Service  Stars,  World War II Victory Medal, World War II
Service Lapel Button, Presidential  Unit  Citation,  Combat  Infantryman
Badge, Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar, and Good Conduct Medal; and
  WHEREAS,  After  his service, Private First Class Edward J. Hofem, Jr.
was employed as a Printer with the Universal Match Factory for  over  40
years before he retired; and
  WHEREAS,  Private  First Class Edward J. Hofem, Jr. was called upon to
contribute his time  and  talents  to  countless  civic  and  charitable
endeavors  and  always  gave of himself unstintingly; he was a member of
Christ Episcopal Church, JW Edmond Hose Fire Company for over 50  years,
Hudson  Lodge  of  Elks  No.  787 for over 50 years, and Hudson American
Legion Post No. 184; and
  WHEREAS, With him throughout was his wife, Hazel, who felt  privileged
to have been a part of his life and rejoice in his achievements; and
  WHEREAS,  Today,  the  bravery  and willingness of Private First Class
Edward J. Hofem, Jr. to fight for the lives of his fellow human  beings,
continues  to  inspire,  and  is  deserving  of the highest honor by all
defenders of freedom; and
  WHEREAS, Residents of this great State must never forget  the  courage
with  which these men and women served their country, and must recognize
that no greater debt is owed than that owed  to  those  who  gave  their

lives  for  their beloved Nation and to those who continue to be missing
in action; and
  WHEREAS,  The  freedoms and security we cherish as Americans come at a
very high price for those serving in the military in times of  conflict;
it  is fitting and proper that we who are the beneficiaries of those who
risk their lives, leaving their families behind,  express  our  appreci-
ation  and  eternal  gratitude for their sacrifices and courageous acts;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Private  First  Class  Edward J. Hofem, Jr. posthumously upon the
occasion of his designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest
honor bestowed upon an individual by the New York State Senate;  and  be
it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Private First Class Edward J. Hofem, Jr.

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