One would think that the first area resident of the are, Sgt. Raymond Sypniewski, the first casualty of the Korean war would have been formally recognized by the Mercer-Trenton-Hamilton Township area. To the best of my knowledge, such recognition has not been forthcoming. Ray was a personal friend back in my youth. As I celebrate the memory of those brave veterans who gave their all for our country, Ray is foremost in my mind.