Since their unveiling at Roselle Park’s Veterans Day ceremony this Wednesday, residents have been impressed and complimenting the latest six (6) monuments that honor the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, and Merchant Marines.
This year the lawn for the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library was slated to be renovated after the removal of two longstanding but deteriorating trees. That led to discussions on rejuvenating the entire front of the library. Sean Ryan, Landscape Architect and Roselle Park resident, volunteered to draw up plans – at no charge – to set the blueprint for a revitalization of the outside of the library. The plans included the moving of the flagpoles closer to the Dough Boy Monument and a new walkway. While reviewing the set of plans with Department of Public Works (DPW) Superintendent Mark Pasquali, Mayor Hokanson, along with Council-At-Large Charlene Storey, decided that Roselle Park should salute veterans with some type of monument.
Mr. Pasquali then canvassed to find out what the estimated cost would be for a monument. This resulted in prices as high as $40,000 for a 5 ft. x 5 ft. piece or a 8 ft. x 6 ft. piece with thickness of about 2 to 3 ft. Black onyx would have incurred an additional cost. Further investigation found a company that had created monuments 3 ft. high (1 ft. x 1 ft. thick) with 9-inch raised round brass plaques. Mayor Hokanson and Council-At-Large Storey were impressed with those monuments based on the minimal yet distinguished appearance and that each military branch would receive its own monument. At first, only five (5) monuments were considered but the decision was to include the Merchant Marines. The final cost for the monuments was $16,200 and the work was contracted to Art In Granite Memorials LLC from Old Bridge, New Jersey.
“I am glad that [mayor & council] are getting compliments on the monuments,” stated Mr. Pasquali, “They are the center piece of the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library revitalization project.”
Council-At-Large Charlene Storey said,”The best thing about the monument is that it truly makes it a Veterans Memorial Library Park.”
Mayor Hokanson commented, “These beautiful monuments show that Roselle Park respects and honors all veterans and those who served, especially those from town.”
The Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library is located at 404 Chestnut Street.
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