Little Egg Harbor Dedicates New Veterans Park

By Pat Johnson | Nov 13, 2019
Photo by: Pat Johnson Bob Nolan, assistant chaplin of American Legion Post 493, gives the invocation as Committeewoman Lisa Stevens looks on.

Little Egg Harbor — The weather was perfect for the dedication of the new Veterans Memorial Park on Radio Road in Little Egg Harbor.

Committeewoman Lisa Stevens, who made the park one of her top priorities, led the dedication and commemorative program on Veterans Day.

She noted how local veterans had waited for 15 years for this day, to have a special park where veterans, family and friends of veterans could come and pay their respects and pause to remember.

All branches of the service are recognized on the memorial wall and a new flagpole was soon filled with the American flag and the POW MIA flag, both raised to their full height and then dropped to half mast in honor of Veterans Day.

American Legion Post 493 Cmdr. Andy Jackson led the large crowd in the pledge of allegiance, then American Legion Assistant Chaplin Bob Nolan gave the invocation.

In attendance was Veterans of Foreign Wars State Cmdr. Barbara Kim-Haggman, herself a combat veteran, who pledged to continue to fight in the halls of government for veterans rights.

Mayor Barbara Jo Crea gave a stirring speech on the freedoms won by the bravery of the nation’s veterans.

The solemnity of the event was broken briefly as Stevens pulled out the giant scissors to cut the ribbon to the park and joked, “I was told not to run with these.”

Township engineer Jason Worth and landscape architect Scott Taylor were thanked for their design and completion of the park. Veterans Day ceremonies followed the opening and the color guard gave the short version of a 21-gun salute.  —P.J.

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