of New Jersey
James E. McGreevey
WHEREAS, over twelve thousand citizens from New Jersey lost their lives
fighting for their country during World War II, and countless others were
wounded in or endured the hardships of the conflict; and
WHEREAS, it is proper that the citizens of this State honor the men
and women who made sacrifices from New Jersey while serving in the Armed
Forces of the United States and in the American Merchant Marine during
World War II; and
WHEREAS, a State memorial is a fitting tribute and acknowledgement of
the courage and patriotism displayed by our men and women in the military;
WHEREAS, the memorial will stand as a timeless reminder of the heroism,
spirit, sacrifice, patriotism and commitment of those who defended this
country and of the moral strength and power of a free people who are united
in a common and just cause; and
WHEREAS, through the enactment of P.L. 1999, Joint Resolution No. 14,
the Legislature created a prior Commission known as the World War II Veterans'
Memorial Advisory Commission, to make recommendations regarding the location
and design of a World War II Memorial, but such Commission expired prior
to the completion of its task;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES E. MCGREEVEY, Governor of the State of New
Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
- There is hereby established in, but not of, the Department of Military
and Veterans Affairs the World War II Memorial Commission (hereinafter
referred to as the Commission).
- The Commission shall consist of up to twenty (20) members as follows:
- Two ex-officio representatives of the Department of Military and
Veterans Affairs, including the Deputy Commissioner of Veterans
Affairs, and one ex-officio representative from the Attorney General's
Office, all of whom shall serve as non-voting members; and
- Up to seventeen (17) public members to be appointed by the Governor.
In appointing the public members to the Commission, the Governor
shall select representatives of recognized veterans groups.
- The Governor shall appoint the Chair, Vice- Chair and Honorary
Chair from among the public members of the Commission, and shall
appoint one of the ex-officio non-voting representatives to serve
as Secretary of the Commission.
- The public members of the Commission shall serve without compensation,
but may be reimbursed for necessary and reasonable expenses incurred
in the performance of their duties.
- The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs shall provide a staff
member to serve as a non-voting Recording Secretary for the Commission.
- The Commission shall organize and meet as soon as practicable after
the appointment of a majority of its members.
- Utilizing, wherever appropriate, the work done by the prior WWII
Veterans' Memorial Advisory Commission, the Commission shall:
- Advise the Governor on a suitable memorial to the veterans of World
- Discuss and make recommendations as to the location for a memorial,
the process for selecting the style, type or design for the memorial,
and the appropriate method for financing the construction and maintenance
of the memorial.
- Formulate and recommend any legislation the Commission determines
to be essential to the furtherance of the World War II Memorial.
- The Commission shall establish a regular schedule of meetings and
report periodically to the Governor on its activities and recommendations.
An initial report to the Governor shall be made within six months from
the date of the first meeting.
- The Commission is authorized to call upon any department, office
or agency of State government to provide such information, resources or
other assistance deemed necessary to discharge its responsibilities under
this Order. Each department, officer, division and agency of this State
is hereby required to cooperate with the Commission and to furnish it
with such information, personnel and assistance as is necessary to accomplish
the purposes of this Order.
- The Commission may solicit and accept donations or grants of money,
property or personal services from any source and may distribute appropriations
made by law.
- This Order shall take effect immediately and expire thirty (30) days
after the dedication of the World War II Memorial.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 4th day of
May in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and
Four, and of the Independence of the United States,
the Two Hundred and Twenty-Eighth.
/s/ James E. McGreevey
/s/ Michael R. DeCotiis
Chief Counsel to the Governor