Businesses donate to Fallen Heroes Memorial in Shamong

Shamong memorial paversThere came a point when the Indian Mills Fire Company on Willow Grove Road had to turn away organizations that wanted to do something, anything, to help build the memorial dedicated to fallen state troopers and deceased members of the fire company.

The 2-foot steel beam, the centerpiece of the memorial, was sent to the fire company from the New Jersey Governor’s office. It is a piece of history from the World Trade Center on 9/11.

A number of major sponsors donated materials and services to build the “Fallen Heroes” memorial. EP Henry in Woodbury donated pavers and wall blocks to build the foundation. Superior Landscape and Lawn Care in Shamong provided labor to install the pavers. Beechwood Construction, Landscape and Architecture in Southampton desiged the memorial. Sharpless Surfaces and Surroundings dug the footings and installed the irrigation system.

Springersbrook provided labor to plant flowers and plants. Wharton Landscape Supplies, owned by Ed Moniot, vice-president and fire chief at Indian Mills Fire Co., donated stone, mulch and trucking.

It is not unusual for EP Henry to donate to memorials that involve the military. The family owned business has had three company co-owners over two generations serve in the military, in World War I, World War II and the Korean War. The company started its HeroScaping program in 2012 to contribute materials, labor and monetary contributions to military-related projects and organizations.

“This is part of our values as a family business. It is the foundation of what EP Henry stands for,” said Lenny Valentino, senior vice-president of marketing and sales. “It’s a privilege for us to contribute to these memorials.”

The company will expand its HeroScaping program this year by encouraging contractors to nominate public projects, such as memorials and municipal parks, in need of sprucing up.

EP Henry has been recognized for its contribution to the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Air Advisors Memorial and the Brooklawn 9/11 Memorial.