American Legion Post 338 has made a $1,000 donation to help fund repair of the circa 1930 monument located on Church Street in Belford, announced Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D. The donation was presented to the township at the October Township Committee meeting by Commander Ron Stark and legion member Tom Garretson. Both men are also members of the township’s Veterans Affairs Committee.
“Our doughboy statue is symbolic of the township’s enduring respect for our courageous World War I veterans. We’re grateful to American Legion Post 338 for partnering with us to restore this significant monument,” said Mayor Scharfenberger.
Additional township programs that honor and support local veterans include the Fallen Veteran Commemorative Street Sign Program. More than 50 signs are being installed township-wide to pay tribute to veterans killed in action from World War I to the present. The program is managed by the all-volunteer Veterans Affairs Committee with support from the Public Works Department.
The township is also working to add designated parking spaces for veterans at Town Hall, the Middletown Library and Poricy Park as part of Honorary Veterans Parking Program.