BERKELEY – Two parking spaces at Town Hall have been set aside for veterans and the combat wounded.
“Our Town Hall is extremely busy during the day where parking is always at a premium. These dedicated spaces are our way to say thank you for your service to our country, ” Berkeley Township Mayor Carmen Amato said.
The township has one of the largest veterans population in the state, Amato said. He and Council, specifically Councilman James Byrnes, wanted to find a way to honor and serve them. The parking spaces are but one gesture.
Byrnes is a Vietnam veteran, decorated with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, who also happens to be a retired carpenter.
In 2015, Byrnes, with the help of volunteers, built a new sign for Veterans Park that honors veterans and first responders. The sign was dedicated in 2016.