Veterans Work Towards Monuments For Gold Star Families
While many of us celebrate Veterans Day and Memorial Day once a year, members of Ocean County's Veterans of Foreign Wars want to create several landmarks to help honor military members year 'round.
During this week's "Townsquare Tonight," Terry Fearon, a Vietnam Conflict veteran and Judge Advocate for the Brick Township VFW 8867 spoke about the addition of a monument honoring Gold Star Families- families who have lost a child in war.
The monument is being planned by the Gold Star Family Monument committee, which hopes to have a monument placed in front of the Vietnam Memorial in Holmdel.
Fearon said the plan is for a forty ton black granite pentagon, etched with information about Gold Star Families.
"It's not going to be some glamorous monument, but it is going to be a statement of the families that have lost their children, and that is the true cost of way."
The estimated cost of the monument is $80,000, Fearon said the Gold Star Family Monument Committee is hoping to have the monument funded and built by next year.
Additionally, a resolution to re-claim the name "Veterans of All Wars Memorial Bridge" for the span connecting Point Pleasant to Brielle won unanimous approval from the state legislature. Fearon said all that is left is for Governor Christie to sign it.
Hear the full program here: