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VIDEO: Carlstadt Post Office Ceremony Honors Hometown Heroes

The Carlstadt Post Office reopened nearly two years after a fire
The Carlstadt Post Office reopened nearly two years after a fire Video Credit: Anthony Locicero

CARLSTADT, N.J.– Peggy Carvill-Ligouri stood next to her mother, Mary, on Thursday and pointed to a plaque and picture on the wall inside the lobby of the Carlstadt Post Office of Army Staff Sgt. Frank T. Carvill and Marine Lance Corporal Michael A. Schwarz.

"They're up there forever," she said.

Officials redicated the 1st Street post office – which was reopened in May , nearly two years after it was destroyed by fire to the servicemen during a noon ceremony Thursday.

"They gave their lives to this country. They gave what President Abraham Lincoln referred to in his Gettysburg Address as 'the last full measure of devotion,'" Michael Rizzolo, the Northern New Jersey Post Office Operations manager, told the crowd of family members, residents, veterans, and first responders gathered.

Carvill, 51, was killed in an ambush in Baghdad's Sadr City on June 4, 2004. He previously escaped both terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Schwarz, 20, was killed by a sniper in Al Anbar province on Nov. 26, 2006. He was as 2004 Becton Regional High School graduate and volunteer firefighter.

The post office was initially dedicated to both men in 2011.

Carvill's mother, Mary, and sister Peggy Carvill-Ligouri, and Schwarz's parents, Pamela and Kenneth, received flowers and a copy of the plaque on Thursday.

Peggy and Mary Carvill left a flower beneath the memorial.

There is also a plaque for Carvill and Schwarz at Borough Hall.

Part of Passaic Avenue was renamed after Carvill in October 2004.

"By having the name of these two fellows on the post office, every time you come here their heroism and bravery and courage will always be remembered," Carlstadt Mayor Craig Lahullier.

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