ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - A new monument honoring borough residents who died in the nation's wars and others who fought for their country will be dedicated on Memorial Day in Veterans Park, across First Avenue from Borough Hall.
The monument, erected by C. Eugene Allen American Legion Post 141, will be unveiled at a post-conducted ceremony immediately after the annual Legion-sponsored Memorial Day parade, which begins at the municipal yacht harbor at 11 a.m., Monday, May 31.
The new 7 1/2-foot tall, hexagon-shaped monument, with a brass eagle on the top, weighs about 9,000 pounds, has a 42-inch diameter and 13-foot circumference and is mounted on a 48- by 48- by 42-inch base. It replaces two smaller monuments, the largest of which has been moved further back in the park just in front of the flag pole. The other stone will be relocated to the harbor.
The monument is six sided with five of its sides displaying the emblems of the five main branches of the armed forces. The sixth side, which will face Borough Hall, contains the names of 14 local veterans who died in wars over the years.
The cost of the project is approximately $21,000 with various donations and pledges totaling $4,500 to date. The post is anticipating more donations from area residents, who can send them to C. Eugene Allen American Legion Post 141, PO Box 240, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716.