CLARK, NJ — The new women’s war veterans memorial monument was unveiled yesterday at Town Hall.
The monument was a dream of resident Bill Caruso to honor all the women who fought for our country and lost their lives in battle.
Clark UNICO and the American Legion helped bring the monument to fruition. Clark UNICO President Ralph Bernardo and the UNICO organization was happy to help, and a fundraiser, “An evening with Sinatra” dinner and a show, was held in February. Enough money was raised to pay for the entire cost of the monument.
The stone was cut in India, designed by hand in Vermont and shipped to New Jersey. Tom Drew of Drew Memorials was responsible for the artwork, which started out as simple hand sketch drawn on a piece of paper. Tom brought it to life. Mayor Sal Bonaccorso, who was in full support of the project, spoke at the dedication praising everyone’s efforts.
The ceremony started with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” sung by Arthur L. Johnson High School’s Emma Knutson. The stone is located in front of city hall.