The Annual Ceremony at the Shea-Magrath Memorial (Third Sunday in May)


John Magrath was Norwalk’s first posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor for his extraordinary heroism while fighting in Italy with the 10th Mountain Division. It is remarkable that John was the lone member of that famed division, which fought so heroically throughout the Italian campaign, to be awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II.

Daniel Shea was a medic serving with the American Division in Vietnam and he earned the Medal of Honor by repeatedly risking his life to provide battlefield care to his comrades, ultimately giving his life as he sought to save theirs.

Colonel (ret.) Roger Donlon, first recipient of the Medal of Honor in Vietnam, 2007 guest speaker.

Former Norwalk Police Chief Harry Rilling (l), Brigadier General Mike Scapparotti, then Commandant of Cadets at West Point, 2006 guest speaker, and former Mayor of Norwalk Alex Knopp. 

Both of these heroic sons of Norwalk were fine young men before entering the service, serving the community and being active in the Boy Scouts of America. John was an Eagle Scout and Daniel’s love of the outdoors was recognized by the naming of Shea Island (visible from the Shea-Magrath Memorial) in his honor.

Each year the Norwalk Veterans’s Memorial Committee hold a remembrance ceremony at the Shea-Mcgrath memorial at Norwalk’s Calf Pasture Beach on the third Sunday in May. This year’s ceremony at the Shea-Magrath Memorial will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at 1:00 p.m.


The ceremony not only honors Norwalk’s two most heroic sons (Medal of Honor recipients Daniel Shea and John Magrath), but all 169 Norwalkers who paid the supreme sacrifices while serving their country from World War II until the present time.

The ceremony will be followed by a special dedication of a library and new display honoring the Falcone family at the Norwalk City Veterans Hall of Honor at 5:00 p.m. at the city’s Concert Hall (doors open at 4:30 p.m.). Admission to the event is free with music provided by the American Festival Band. Refreshments will follow in the Community Room.


Dan Murphy (r), Vietnam veteran and father of Medal of Honor recipient Michael Murphy (Navy Seal in Afghanistan, 2008 guest speaker, with NJROTC Cadet Bryce Barros.