On October 20, 2009, the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders commissioned The Wall of Heroes as part of the Justice Complex Expansion Project. The Wall of Heroes portraits depict the likeness of those individuals who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our Country. All of those depicted resided in Gloucester County. The portraits will be a reminder to all of us that freedom is never free and that those who were called to go into harms way and did not return will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. For their sacrifice we still live in a land of free people. The Wall of Heroes was dedicated by the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders on November 11, 2010.
Those who are honored on The Wall of Heroes represent all branches of the military and are (i.e. American Revolution, Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan).
The Veterans Affairs Office was responsible for overseeing the working group which consisted of a volunteer group of veterans and some non-veterans. This group established the following guidelines in order for someone to be eligible for inclusion on the Wall of Heroes:
- Geographical- The decedent must have resided in Gloucester County at the time of entering the service OR must have been a resident of Gloucester County during the time of military service.
- KIA/MIA- The decedent must have been killed in action in a combat zone, or have died from injuries or wounds received in a combat zone or are missing in action from a combat zone. In addition, a serviceperson will have met these requirements if he/she died from a sickness contracted while serving in a combat zone.
If you know of any Gloucester County veterans from your community who never made it home, please help us to include them in the Wall of Heroes. The application is the first step to being included on the Wall. To receive an application or for more information, please call Veterans Affairs at (856) 401-7660.