There was a great letter in the Ben column this morning:
“I had the opportunity to attend Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Chosen
“This was the first time I’d attended a county-level meeting, but it won’t
be my last.
“I was there because of the Cumberland County Veterans Cemetery chapel issue, which I oppose, although I’m a Cold War veteran.
“My father was a Korean War veteran, and my uncle was killed in action in WW II after stepping on a land mine.
“So, let me be clear, I am for anything that benefits our veterans and their
“I have seen comments on various websites where it appears that there are
some people who think that everyone buried there is a combat veteran who
heroically ‘gave all.’
“While some did give all, and all gave some, every veteran and his/her spouse is entitled to burial there.
“The criteria can be found at the county’s web site at www.co.cumberland.nj.us.
“There was an elderly gentleman at the meeting who visits the cemetery almost daily.
“He has that convenience because he lives in the local area.
“There are those who live in other areas of the county who would have a 45-minute drive to visit a loved one or friend at the current location.
“This would be from Delmont or ‘Five Points’ at Tuckahoe Road, and Landis Avenue.
“I suggested a second veterans cemetery in the eastern side of the county as
a convenience to those who, like this gentleman, drive daily to the current
“We must also remember that no one has spoken to the issue of water, sewer,
electric, or staffing if this chapel is to be used as an educational site, as well.
“But, this is no longer an issue of promises or services for our veterans and their families.
“It is a New Jersey Constitutional issue.
“Article I, Section 3 states in part, ‘…nor shall any person be obliged to pay tithes, taxes, or other rates for building or repairing any church or churches, place or places of worship, or for the maintenance of any minister or ministry, contrary to what he believes to be right or has deliberately and voluntarily engaged to perform.’
“Director Magazzu admitted that he hadn’t read the N.J. Constitution recently, and I’m not sure if county counsel is aware of this very clear section of our constitution.
“I certainly hadn’t read it in some time, either, and I’m not an attorney.
“I am confident that once they consider this, the chapel issue will become a
“As veterans, we took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the
“I would imagine the oath of the freeholders includes something similar regarding New Jersey’s Constitution.”– Dan Mourning Sr.–
We need it why?
Why specifically do we need it?
What is the need?
It honors all the veterans in the county how?
A place to go and pay your respects doesn’t get it.
It just doesn’t match.
Neither does a boost to construction.
“We” promised the veterans?
Who promised the veterans?