Freeholders Unveil Wall of Heroes at County Veterans Day Ceremony
(Woodbury, NJ) - One hundred portraits of Gloucester County's residents who were killed in action or missing in action while serving in the US Military were unveiled by the Board of Chosen Freeholders today during the annual Gloucester County Veterans Day Ceremony.
"This is an amazing project that has put faces on those who gave their tomorrows for us," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. "We want people to see those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms and rights." Sweeney said.
The Freeholders began The Wall of Heroes project in October of 2009 by reaching out to Veterans organizations and the community to find the names and photographs of Gloucester County residents who never made it home while serving in one of the branches of the United States military. A working group was created to help research those who would be eligible to be placed on The Wall of Heroes and through an application and eligibility process the first 100 framed 5x8 translucent artistic renderings have been placed on The Wall of Heroes.
The Wall represents all branches of the military and it is arranged by era in the newly constructed expansion of the Gloucester County Justice Complex on Hunter Street in Woodbury.
Sweeney said, "The portraits placed on this wall hang proudly in our Justice Complex. These citizens fought and died for the justice that is carried out here."
Freeholder Giuseppe (Joe) Chila said that The Wall of Heroes will continue to grow as more photographs are submitted. "So many people have been involved in The Wall of Heroes. It is an honor to unveil this tribute that thousands of people will see," said Chila.
"We are extremely grateful for those who gave their lives for our nation, and we are grateful for those who helped us make this memorial possible through finding and submitting photos, it speaks volumes about how our community in Gloucester County cares," said Freeholder Giuseppe (Joe) Chila, liaison to Veterans Affairs.