(TRENTON) — Legislation Assembly members Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr., Pamela R. Lampitt, John J. Burzichelli, Jack Conners and Paul Moriarty sponsored to create a permanent State House tribute to New Jersey’s patriotic men and women in uniform has received final legislative approval.
“All New Jerseyans take pride in the sacrifices and dedication of the men and woman who serve in the military to keep us secure and free,” said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). “We have numerous memorials for the men and women who have sacrificed so much for this state and county. This memorial would give proper due to those who are actively serving our nation.”
The measure (A-379) would create a “Patriots Corner” in a prominent place at the State House in Trenton. The monument — to be funded by private donations — would honor the active service of all New Jerseyans in the United States Armed Forces and the New Jersey Army National Guard.
“Service personnel are called upon to leave their families and enter life-threatening situations at a moment’s notice,” said Lampitt (D-Camden). “These men and women should be recognized, honored and thanked.”
More than 30,000 visitors annually take guided tours of the State House.
“Patriots Corner would be the perfect way to show New Jersey’s soldiers, military families, and the all who visit the State House how much the state values their service to our nation,” said Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem). “The men and women who serve in the armed forces have earned our deepest respect and appreciation.”
“Ensuring that the contributions of New Jersey’s men and women who serve our country are a permanent fixture in the State House will make certain that their bravery will never be forgotten,” said Conners (D-Burlington), the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee chairman. “I am proud to be a sponsor of this legislation that will honor all of the members of the Armed Forces who call New Jersey home and show the deep gratitude every New Jersey resident has for the great sacrifices they made for the freedoms we enjoy.”
“Patriots’ Corner will be a great addition to the rich history of our state’s capitol,” said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden). “This monument is dedicated to the lives and memory of some of finest residents of our state and will ensure every visitor who tours the State House recognizes the contributions made by the many members of the Armed Forces who hail from New Jersey.”
The bill was approved 78-0 by the Assembly in June and 37-0 by the Senate on Monday.
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