Garden State dignitaries, war vets, and residents all came together to recognize, local home grown hero, after the Somers Point historical society unveiled a monument commemorating the fallen hero. "This is an occasion that recalls a famous incident in early american naval history, and I'm glad to be here, says Somers family member Robert Kelly.
"We decided lets do something positive, something that we know will honor him in Somers Point. So we went forward with the monument project," says Historical Society President Sally Hastings.
"It's a positive thing for the Somers Point community, because it extenuates the heroics of one of its citizens and residents here," says Kelly.
As one of the first US Navy volunteers who was killed in combat, Somers made the brave choice to break into the blockade leading into the Tripoli Harbor, during the Barbary war. Which has family members like Robert Kelly proud of their late relatives accomplishments and ultimate sacrifice.
"My grandfather is related to Richard Somers Jr., my grandfathers great grandmother was Richard Somers Jr's cousin," claims Kelly. "Personally, I am very pleased to be able to be a participant like all the other people that are here to honor a naval hero," he continues.
According to the Somers Point historical society it took over 3 years to get the money in order to fund this monument. Something Sally Hastings the President of the Historical Society says was well worth the wait.
"We are very proud. It is a moment of pride for our community and the historical society that has done this," says Hastings.
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