Berkeley Designates Parking For Veterans, Combat Wounded

Two parking spaces at Town Hall have been set aside for veterans and the combat wounded. (Photo courtesy Carmen Amato)
Two parking spaces at Town Hall have been set aside for veterans and the combat wounded. (Photo courtesy Carmen Amato)

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.

Two parking spaces at Town Hall have been set aside for veterans and the combat wounded. (Photo courtesy Carmen Amato)
Two parking spaces at Town Hall have been set aside for veterans and the combat wounded. (Photo courtesy Carmen Amato)

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.

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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.

Two parking spaces at Town Hall have been set aside for veterans and the combat wounded. (Photo courtesy Carmen Amato)
Two parking spaces at Town Hall have been set aside for veterans and the combat wounded. (Photo courtesy Carmen Amato)