By: Rachel Suga, Writer / Follow South Jersey Bridgeton City Intern
BRIDGETON, N.J. — Construction for the Cumberland County Veterans Burial Pavilion will be under way in the near future as plans are being made. Located at the Cumberland County Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Hopewell Township, the pavilion’s goal is to keep visitors of the cemetery inside and out of possible precipitation.
At 25 feet by 36 feet, the pavilion will be able to seat about 48 individuals in an area that allows for air to move about, which is extremely appropriate for services during the pandemic. The pavilion allows for mourners to attend memorials in peace and privacy as they will now be able to pay their respects to veterans that have died, all while having connection to power, audio, and video. Contractors like Lee-Way Electrical and John Ruga at Northeast Precast, a veteran owned business, are donating their time for the project.
Having the structure at the cemetery will alleviate some of the challenges related to the services prior, which includes having storage, seating, and other necessary pieces for each event.
With names of veterans embossed on the walls, the long-awaited project is finally beginning soon with organizers that are excited to start. Their goal remains the same as when the idea was first founded: they look forward to veterans and their loved ones to have a place to gather to honor their fellow Americans.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.