WHEREAS, pursuant to Executive Order No. 107 (2004), a World War II Memorial Commission ("Commission") was established in, but not of, the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs to continue the work of the World War II Veterans' Memorial Advisory Commission, formed pursuant to P.L. 1999, Joint Resolution No. 14, which was to make recommendations regarding the location and design of New Jersey's World War II Memorial; and
WHEREAS, the Legislature authorized the Commission and the Adjutant General to raise funds for this project; and
WHEREAS, the Commission continues to develop this Memorial and raise funds; and
WHEREAS, the men and women who served our nation during World War II displayed courage and dedication to the highest principles and goals, and a memorial honoring these men and women is a worthy tribute and an acknowledgement of their sacrifices and bravery; and
WHEREAS, World War II veterans endured great risks, hardships, and deprivations while defending our country; and
WHEREAS, we must act now to complete the World War II Memorial so that veterans of that conflict may see this dream realized in their lifetime; and
WHEREAS, this Administration is dedicated to the World War II Memorial becoming a reality as quickly as possible; and
WHEREAS, the Commission, in its current form, has 17 members, all of whom are representatives of recognized veterans' groups; and
WHEREAS, expanding the Commission's membership will assist in expediting the fundraising, planning, and construction process;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JON S. CORZINE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
- The World War II Memorial Commission shall continue in, but not of, the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs in accordance with Executive Order No. 107 (2004).
- The number of public members of the Commission is hereby increased from a maximum of seventeen (17) members to a maximum of twenty-seven (27) members.
- Any additional public members appointed by the Governor pursuant to this Order shall have expertise regarding the military, fundraising, planning, and/or construction and need not represent recognized veterans groups. Any such additional public members shall be eligible for appointment by the Governor as Chair, Vice-Chair, or Honorary Chair, as provided in Executive Order No. 107 (2004).
- In addition to the ex-officio nonvoting members of the Commission identified in section 2(a) of Executive Order No. 107 (2004), the Secretary of State shall also serve as an ex-officio nonvoting member of the Commission.
- All other provisions of Executive Order No. 107 (2004) which are not inconsistent with the foregoing shall remain in full force and effect.
- This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this
Two Thousand and Six, and of
the Independence of the United States, the
Two Hundred and Thirty-First.
/s/ Jon S. Corzine
/s/ Kenneth H. Zimmerman
Chief Counsel to the Governor