On Veterans Day, a park is dedicated in gratitude

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SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — Residents and township officials gathered at Veterans Tribute Park, formerly known as the Fletcher Property, on a chilly afternoon Saturday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day.

The park, located on Allaire Road, was formally dedicated to the veterans of the American Armed Forces, as well as the police, fireman and first responders who serve within the borough.

The Fletcher property had formerly been “idle,” according to Spring Lake Heights Mayor Tom O’Brien, and was purchased by the borough in 2008. According to Mayor O’Brien, his predecessor, former mayor Gavino “Butch” Maccanico, dedicated the park as one of his final actions while in office.

“In the last two years, we’ve really just cleaned up this property, and so it was time to actually do the dedication to the renaming he had done. So today’s the day,” Mayor O’Brien, a Navy Veteran, said.

“It represents the selfless sacrifice of our veterans and also the wondrous beauty of our country,” Mr. Maccanico said of the park. “It’s a beautiful setting, and I don’t have any words that can describe it. It’s awe-inspiring as I stand here and look at the surroundings.”

The stone sitting at the base of the flagpoles at the newly-dedicated park reads as follows:

“The people of this community are eternally grateful for the many sacrifices of America’s Armed Forces. Veterans Tribute Park is dedicated by the people of Spring Lake Heights with respect, gratitude and honor for the men and women, past and present, who so admirably served America in wartime and peacetime. This park also pays tribute to the police, firemen, first responders and all who volunteer their time and energy to Spring Lake Heights.”

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