The Veterans’ Memorial in Franklin Township honors the men and women from our township who served in the armed services during peace and war, on foreign soil and at home. It is a tribute to sacrifice, bravery and dedication to the freedom we dearly cherish. The Memorial can be visited 7 days a week.
The Memorial started as a large stone and memorial plaque directly in front of the Township Municipal Building. It was the project of the Jensen-Scalzone American Legion Post 478 and was dedicated on May 27, 1974.
In 2000, at the recommendation of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War Post 8025, the Franklin Township Council formed a Veterans’ Committee to draft plans for the expansion of the Memorial. The design for the Memorial was completed in May 2004, constructed largely by volunteers from Post 478 with assistance from Franklin Township’s Department of Public Works. It was dedicated in December 2004.
The six large monuments encircling the fountain each have a quote from a branch of the armed services. They represent, from left to right, the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine, Navy and Merchant Marine. In between the Coast Guard and Marine Corp monuments is the original 1974 memorial stone and plaque.
The United States, POW/MIA and New Jersey flags fly in the center of the Memorial. Flags representing each of the branches of service are raised above the monuments.
The bell tower is a recent addition and was first rung at 11:00 am on Veterans’ Day, November 11, 2006. It symbolizes the American spirit of freedom and will be struck at all ceremonies commemorating Veterans’ Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.
Located along the back walkway are memorial stones with quotes from President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President Ronald Regan, General George F. Patton and President George Washington.
Donations for the project were made through the purchase of various-sized engraved paver stones placed at the foot of the fountain. These memorial pavers include the names of veterans, individuals and families.
Major funding came from a capital ordinance passed by the Township Council, as well as significant contributions from local chapters of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. The majority of the work on the Memorial was done by volunteers from Post 478. They designed the memorial, ordered the materials, prepared the site, laid the pavers and oversaw the construction.
This past year, we have added four new black granite stones representing eight major conflicts, including the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf War.
We also planted trees for a Grove of Honor, with plaques at the base of each tree honoring veterans from Franklin Township who were killed in action.
There are plans for future expansion in the coming years. Memorial pavers are still available. For information on purchasing memorial pavers, please call 732-873-2500, etx. 239. Click below for paver form: