Mayor’s Column: Following Tradition

Over the last seven years, 436 veterans have been memorialized on the Wall, representing every branch of the military dating back to the 1930’s

On Oct. 20, 2014, Voorhees Township proudly unveiled our Veterans Wall of Honor.  The Wall, which is located in the Voorhees Municipal Building at the Voorhees Town Center, honors residents and members of immediate families of residents who have served in the United States Military, whether during peacetime or war.

Over the last seven years, 436 veterans have been memorialized on the Wall, representing every branch of the military dating back to the 1930’s. Voorhees Township is very proud to honor these men and women for the sacrifices they made in leaving home, family and friends and giving themselves for our country.

The Wall is unique in that it offers more than just a name. Each veteran is honored with a plaque that includes his/her name, branch of service, date and place of service, awards/medals received, a photo, and if desired, a brief personal note about his/her service.

Voorhees plans to continue this tradition and is now accepting applications for 2021.

Eligibility is open to the following people:

  • Current residents who have completed service in the US military and have been honorably discharged.  National Guard members who were deployed to a combat area, have completed their service and have been honorably discharged.
  • Residents’ immediate family members who served in the US military or the National Guard as stated above, and have been honorably discharged.  Immediate family member means parent, spouse, sibling or child.
  • Former residents who lived in Voorhees at the time of entry into the military and have been honorably discharged.

Applications may be obtained at the Office of the Township Clerk in Town Hall or may be downloaded from the homepage of the Township website at voorheesnj.com. The Township will also be sending letters to veterans who have signed up for the Veterans Tax Deduction since May of last year.

There is no cost to the veteran or the veteran’s family for this tribute and no tax dollars were used to create the Wall.  The Wall is made possible through private donations and volunteers.

The 2021 application deadline is Aug. 27, 2021. Plaques will be unveiled at a ceremony scheduled for Oct. 2021. The ceremony will be in person if such gatherings are allowed by the State. Otherwise, the event will be held virtually. All applicants will receive a notice advising of the ceremony date and time.

Should you have questions or need additional information, please contact Jeanette Schelberg at 609.868.6338 or via email at jschelberg@voorheesnj.com.

We are proud to honor those who bravely served our country!