Somers Point's Namesake an 'American War Hero'

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SOMERS POINT, N.J. -

A South Jersey-based non-profit group celebrated the history of a sometimes forgotten American war hero.

On Monday, September 4th, the Liberty and Prosperity group met in front of the Richard Somers Monument in Somers Point to celebrate the memory and educate the public about their city's namesake.

Richard Somers died in battle on this day back in 1804 and members with the group held the small event on Monday (Labor Day) to remember the South Jersey hero.

Richard Somers [was] a true American hero in so many ways, yet nobody, not even here in Somers Point, know who he was, and that's the tragedy.

"Every day thousands of people go by this statue, [and] they go by the mural, which tells this remarkable story of Richard Somers, a true American hero in so many ways, yet nobody, not even here in Somers Point, know who he was, and that's the tragedy," said Seth Grossman, executive director of Liberty and Prosperity.

"He's not taught in our schools, not taught in colleges, and our goal is to raise awareness so that Americans understand that we have a lot to be proud of," said Grossman, of Somers Point. "We have some remarkable role models to learn from."

The not-for-profit Liberty and Prosperity group will hold a larger event on Sunday, September 10th, at 1 p.m. to share the history of Richard Somers and teach others in the community about who their city is named after.

For more information, visit LibertyAndProsperity.org. 


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