"I speak on behalf of the members of the New Jersey Korean War Memorial Committee, Korean War veterans and their friends and families in expressing our gratitude to everyone involved with getting us to this important day," said New Jersey Korean War Memorial Committee Chairman, E. Larry St. Laurent. "Although our fundraising is not complete, we owe a debt of gratitude to the individuals, corporations, veterans and civic organizations - and especially the Casion Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) for their support.
The Committee has raised most of the $2.5 million needed to build the Memorial. Fundfaising efforts are still actively underway.
"This is a long-awaited and well-deserved tribute to honor and recognize the veterans of the Korean War," said Major General Paul J. Glazar, the Adjutant General of New Jersey. "Erecting a memorial is only a small way to show our appreciation for their courage in defending freedom and Liberty."
The Committee expects to dedicate the Memorial on July 27th of this year. The site will consist of a 12-foot high statue of "The Mourning Soldier" clutching dog tags and remembering his lost comrades. A group of soldiers "under fire" will emerge through a sheet of water to his left. The back wall of the Memorial, beneath an eternal flame, will be engraved with the names of the 800 New Jerseyans who were killed in action or are still missing in action.
The Committee received a $250,000 appropriation from the State of New Jersey in April of 1999 and $1 million from the CRDA in December of 1999. Significant coporate contributions to date include $50,000 from Lockheed Martin; $10,000 from Hanjin Shipping; $2,500 from Novartis Pharmaceuticals; and $2,500 from South Jersey Gas. Various New Jersey posts and chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, Korean War Veterans, Chosin Few, Marine Corps League, Paralyzed Veterans Assn, Inc, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and American Legion have made donations totaling more than $50,000.