About NJ Veteran Journal:
The New Jersey Veteran Journal is an official publication of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and is intended to serve New Jersey's veterans, their families, friends and concerned individuals and groups. All correspondence should be sent to:
Veteran Journal Editor, NJDMAVA/PA, PO Box 340,
Trenton, NJ 08625-0340
Blue Star dedicated at VinelandStory and photo by Tech. Sgt. Barbara Harbison, NJDMAVA/PA
(now Route 22) between Mountainside and North Plainfield. Not only would no billboards be permitted on that stretch of highway; the club raised money to plant flowering dogwoods along the road.
The road would be named the Blue Star Drive after the fl ags that hung in the windows of families who had members serving on active duty; a tradition that continues to the present day.
Vineland Veterans Home auditorium was the scene of the dedication of the newest New Jersey marker. With residents, staff and many guests in the audience, the Vineland Facility Choir, Delsea Regional High School Junior ROTC, local legislators and the N.J. Blue Star Memorial Highway Council dedicated the marker and celebrated the 65th anniversary of the Blue Star program.
Next, everyone went outside for the unveiling of the marker. Vineland Home residents Walter Wengel and Blue Star dedicated at Vineland Story and photo by Tech. Sgt. Barbara Harbison, NJDMAVA/PA Charlie Kinsky helped pull the cloth down to reveal the new marker that overlooks the stone planters with their colorful plantings that stand guard over the circular paved area in the center. In the grassy area around the site are numerous young trees waiting to grow and shade the memorial and its guests.
Joe Romano, CEO of Vineland Home, was very enthusiastic about the newest “resident” of the home. He said that the residents had a great time watching the progress of its building. “It will be a great place for residents and their families to come and sit and relax,” he added.
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