william robert neilSunday, May 3, 2015, Vietnam Era Museum, 1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel, N.J., 2 p.m.

PHOTO: SSG William Robert Neil, Jr. Army Special Forces.

Holmdel, N.J. – On Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 2 p.m., the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation, in conjunction with the New Jersey Gold Star Family Monument Foundation, will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial located at 1 Memorial Lane in Holmdel, N.J.

The Ceremony will mark the start of the construction phase of the Gold Star Family Monument, which will be located on the property of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial where the Honor and Remember Flag now flies.

In 2013, the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Run For The Fallen formed the New Jersey Gold Star Family Monument Foundation, under the leadership of Gold Star parents Helen and Ken Gurbisz.  The Foundation’s mission is to design, fund and build a monument to honor the sacrifices of those families who have lost a loved one in defense of our country. The committee also solicited design input from Gold Star Family members.

“We're proud to be participants in the Gold Star Family Monument for our son Billy and all the other men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan,” says Patricia and William Neil, parents of SSG William Robert Neil, Jr. Army Special Forces, March 22, 2008.

The Gold Star Family Monument is designed to be a place for meditation and reflection for everyone, but especially for those whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. It will also serve as an educational medium, depicting the emotional journey of a Gold Star family, the loss they endured, and the many sacrifices they continue to make.

“This Monument is for all of us here in New Jersey, especially the families of the fallen, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” says Marion and Dennis Zilinski, parents of Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II,  November, 19 2005.

dennis zilinskiPHOTO: Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II

For more information on the New Jersey Gold Star Family Monument, visit www.njgoldstarfamilymonument.org.


About New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation offers a meaningful and engaging experience that recognizes the sacrifice, courage and valor of Vietnam Veterans and encourages and fosters a thorough understanding of the Vietnam Era including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects, which affected the United States, and especially New Jersey. To support the Foundation, visit www.njvvmf.org.

The Foundation operates and manages the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and the adjacent Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center located at 1 Memorial Lane off Exit 116 (PNC Bank Arts Center) in Holmdel, NJ. The Memorial honors all those who served our country and state during the Vietnam War, especially the 1,563 New Jerseyans who did not return home. It is a powerful and fitting tribute to their sacrifice. The Memorial is open 24 hours, seven days a week. The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is the first educational center and museum of its kind in the United States. Dedicated in September 1998, the Museum is devoted solely to gaining an understanding of the conflict in Southeast Asia and the surrounding political strife in America. For hours and directions, visit www.njvvmf.org