LEAVE NO HERO BEHIND
MT. OLIVE WAR MEMORIAL: sponsored by the Mt. Olive Historical Society ~ The monument, originally located at Budd Lake Beach was dedicated on July 4, 1968 by THE WAR MEMORIAL COMMITTEE which was founded by John C. Planker. It is inscribed, "ERECTED IN GRATEFUL TRIBUTE TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF MT. OLIVE TOWNSHIP WHO FAITHFULL SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES OF OUR COUNTRY". Thirty names of local fallen heroes are inscribed on the face of the monument. By the year 2000 the once regal beacon had fallen in disrepair and forgotten. However, under the direction and close supervision of Historian Thea Dunkle and Bill & Linda Sohl, the monument and its surroundings was restored to its original state and rededicated on May 29, 2000. On November 7, 2007 the monument was ceremoniously relocated to the AVM and now rests in the heart of the Pentagon Platform where it is now adorned. The War Monument is updated only on an as needed. basis.
AMERICAN FLAG POLE: sponsored by Eric J. Wood ~ as part of Wood's Eagle Scout Community Project
MILITARY FLAGS: sponsored by the Father Joseph A. Cassidy Council #6100 Knights of Columbus
NEW JERSEY FLAG: sponsored by Tim Teen, InSitech
MORRIS COUNTY FLAG: sponsored by Piccatiny Credit Union
GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR (GWOT) PURPLE HEART MEMORIAL BRIDGE: see SPONSORS button below ~ pays tribute to all N.J. heroes who lost their lives while fighting the Global War on Terror. FALLEN HERO PAVERS ~ The 6" x 6" medallion pavers display the name, rank, branch of service and date of sacrifice of each fallen hero. Pavers are privately funded by patriots who believe that every fallen hero should be forever remembered and honored for their selfless service. The GWOT Purple Heart Bridge is updated the second week of May each year. 14 BOLLARDS: sponsored and built by Home Depot ~ The 14 bollards that delineate the perimeter of the bridge represents the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution; whereby declaring that "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of United States citizens; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
PRESIDENTIAL PREAMBLE STAGE: see SPONSOR button below ~The educational Presidential Preamble Stage Area commemorates each U.S. President with a custom 24" x 24" memorial paver. The presidential pavers are set in chronological order, displaying the president's full name, the dates of their term in office, a famous quote that summarizes the essential role they played while serving and the name of the individual, family, organization, school or business that sponsored the President. The preamble stage serves as an educational opportunity for all to review the history of the nation’s highest leader. President Barack Obama’s paver remains available for sponsorship. The Presidential Preamble Stage is the result of a community joint effort that garnered more than 53 private donors. Click here to view..
CHARLES H. JOHNSON MEMORIAL GAZEBO sponsored by Linda & Bill Sohl and Thea Dunkle ~ Just shy of seeing the completion of the AVM complex Charles "Charlie" H. Johnson, the former Mayor of Mount Olive who proudly served as a Sergeant in the Air Force 9th Division during World War II passed away. In lieu of flowers, Mayor Johnson's family and friends requested donations to go towards a gazebo that would memorialize his honorable service to country and community. Sergeant Charles H. Johnson earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Force Medal while serving hiscountry. While Mayor "Charlie" Johnson brought friendship, respect and kindness to the residents of Mount Olive during his term as mayor. The Charles H. Johnson Veterans Gazebo was dedicated on May 26, 2008.
AVM'S DISTINGUISHED FLAGS
PRESIDENTIAL PREAMBLE STAGE
SCOTT & CHARLIE UHRMANN
COMPLETION / DEDICATION
MAY 28, 2017
WAR DOG MEMORIAL
NORTH STAR SEATING
PATH TO ENDURING FREEDOM
Memorial Captures Nation's Rich History, Service and Patriotism
This meritorious memorial is dedicated to the distinguished men and women who have served, who are serving, and who will serve honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces.
These brave men & women are most worthy of recognition for preserving and protecting our liberty and freedom
"We the People" hold so dear.
PATH TO ENDURING FREEDOM
PATH TO ENDURING FREEDOM
The ALL VETERANS MEMORIALlocated at Turkey Brook Park in Mount Olive, New Jersey is a unique educational complex that pays tribute to the historical evolution and preservation of a FREE nation. It denotes America's rich history of great leaders and battles: from the crafting of a new government for the people and the cost of preserving it by the people. The military ceremonial ground pays homage to those who paid the ultimate price and who proudly served, are serving or will serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.
MT OLIVE WAR MONUMENT
Did you know that the shape or footprint of the memorial was inspired by the Congressional Medal of Honor which is highest military honor to be earned from the United States of America and is awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. Because the medal is presented "in the name of Congress", it is often ... intended to represent the gratitude of the American people. The AVM's STAR or Pentagon Platform represents the five branches of services, equally divided. The area consists of pavers that denote the honorable military service of all that served during war or peacetime. The platform flows seamlessly into the Global War on Terror Memorial Bridge; which honors 172 N.J. fallen heroes, as the bridge connects the VALOR bar or Presidential Preamble Stage, which pays tribute to all U.S. Presidents for their civil service.
"FREEDOM IS NEVER MORE THAN ONE GENERATION AWAY FROM EXTINCTION. WE DIDN'T PASS IT TO OUR CHILDREN IN THE BLOODSTREAM. IT MUST BE FOUGHT FOR, PROTECTED, AND HANDED ON FOR THEM TO DO THE SAME, OR ONE DAY WE WILL SPEND OUR SUNSET YEARS TELLING OUR CHILDREN AND OUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN WHAT IT WAS ONCE LIKE IN THE UNITED STATES WHERE MEN WERE FREE"..
PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN
CHAS. JOHNSON VETERANS GAZEBO
NORTH STAR SEATING sponsored by Home Depot, Techo-Bloc, UNILOCK New York, Meier Stone and the Uhrmann Family ~ The North Star Seating area was dedicated to those who lost a loved one during war and the New Jersey Gold Star Mothers on May 25, 2015. The dedication was led by U.S. Army, Deputy Chief of Staff, Lt. General Gustave F. Perna in memory and honor of their loss. The beautifully designed 20' x 50' seating area and it's unique thought provoking figures evoke one's sense of loss, contemplation and faith; many visitors have expressed a calming effect immediately upon entering. The North Star Seating area provides secure seating and several wheelchair spaces for veterans and their family members.
PHASE I - DEDICATED MAY 25, 2008
Behind the Elements
WAR DOG MEMORIAL ~ sponsored by Since World War I, tens of thousands of dogs have served in the United States Armed Forces alongside their handlers in K-9 units. Thousands of dogs have died in combat saving the lives of our military troops. FREEDOM BENCHES sponsored by Christy Burkart, Mt. Olive Kiwanis, Timothy Teen of InSitech, and Chester M. Stephan’s Elementary School ~ The four natural blue stone are representative of President Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union address, also known as the Four Freedoms speech. They include freedom of speech and expression, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. This speech was significant in that FDR went beyond the regular freedoms insured by the constitution and claimed these new rights as American values.
GWOT MEMORIAL BRIDGE
PHASE IV - DEDICATED MAY 30, 2016
TECHO - BLOC
GE VETERANS NETWORK
UNILOCK New York
REDI MIX CONCRETE
DIAMOND SAND & GRAVEL
LUSITANA LIBERTY CONSTRUCTION 908.486.2808
IACAMPO POOLS & SPA
NEW AGE MASONRY
NORTH STAR SEATING
PHASE II - DEDICATED NOVEMBER 11, 2009
PHASE III - DEDICATED MAY 25, 2015
THE PATH TO ENDURING FREEDOM: partially sponsored by the Mount Olive Senior Citizens ~ The Path to Enduring Freedom dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2009 was built in part as a ceremonial path leading onto the main ceremonial stage of the AVM. The Path to Enduring Freedom denotes all U.S. military conflicts beginning with the Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terror. The beautifully designed ceremonial walkway is chronologically and equally divided to represent each war. 10" x 16" marker pavers provide conflict statistics as reported by the United States Department of Defense. Opportunities to purchase 4" x 8" Honorable Service Pavers is still available ~~The Path to Enduring Freedom is updated annually during the second week of May.
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