MT. ZION – The Mt. Zion Historical Society was presented the Seven Seals Award on Saturday afternoon during the fifth annual Memorial Day dedication ceremony at Mt. Zion Historic Park.
Master of Ceremonies Richard Coccimiglio explained that the award is "the most prestigious."
"In fact, it is the highest award presented by the ESGR, Employment Services for Guards and Reserves," Coccimiglio said.
Fred Fair, Army Reserve Ambassador, explained that there are about 4,700 volunteers involved with ESGR, acting as go-betweens for employers and employees.
He also noted that the seven seals represent the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Air National Guard and Army National Guard.
Fair also explained how he ended up at the dedication ceremony.
"[I] got a call one evening saying 'listen, we need to go to Weedville and find out how we can help with the presentation.' It started with that telephone call," Fair said.
Fair also credited Mt. Zion Historical Society Member Bob Nay with undertaking efforts for the past several years to get recognition for the community.
"Bob started with the Pentagon and was shortly thereafter shifted to our neck of the woods, which is in Arlington, and (he) said 'Hey Fred, how about checking this out?' That's how we got here with that certificate," Fair said.
The award was presented on behalf of the Department of Defense to Rita Fenice, Mt. Zion Historical Society board member.
"Believe it or not, we've actually had this certificate for over a year plus, but we missed the [dedication ceremony last year] so we've just sort of been holding it for this one," Fair said.
According to Fair, the Seven Seals Award was presented to the Mt. Zion Historical Society for meritorious leadership and initiative in support of the men and women who serve America in the National Guard Reserve. Fair also honored Nay at the presentation.
"We have to do something for Bob Nay, the guy who was very persistent in making this happen and he didn't just walk away when he got a negative response at the first door. To me, those are the backbone of a lot of organizations, you get people that just won't say no, they keep going back," Fair said.