SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Veteran Street Sign Program in South Brunswick recently honored Clifford John Holland with his very own street sign on the corner of Wetherhill Way and Georges Road. Holland was born in New Brunswick in 1924 and enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He served from 1943 until he was honorably discharged in December 1945. Holland survived the Beaches of Normandy and also served in the South Pacific. Mr. Holland passed away in 1970 and was commemorated at the street signing event by his family this week.
The ceremony was greeted with members of the South Brunswick community as well as approximately 40 members of Mr. Holland’s family. The Unveiling of the sign was done by Mr. Holland’s children, his daughter Jaqueline Murphy conducted the family organization for the event.
Jaqueline says that she wants the people of South Brunswick to know that her father, at his core, was a community volunteer. Along with being a World War II veteran, he was also a member of the New Brunswick Boys Scouts and worked at the 1940 World's Fair in New York. He was a cub scout and boy scout leader as well as a Communicant of Saint Cecelia Church.
Jaqueline also wants the community to know that her father was a dedicated family man and a hard worker. He received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Maryland and an MBA from Rutgers University. He got married and bought a house in South Brunswick where he raised five children. Mrs. Murphy has expressed gratitude to the township for this honor for father.
“It feels fantastic. My family and I are very proud of our fathers courage and achievements. The street sign is really nice looking.” Mrs. Murphy said in an Email “My dad passed away 49 years ago. We all miss him and this sign is such an honor.”
South Brunswick began the Veteran Street Signing program earlier this year and was brought to the community by Mayor Charlie Carley. The program recognizes any wartime residents as well as those who died in the line of duty. This is the fifth street signing that the township has done to honor local veterans. The township plans to do these events on municipal roads once per month.
Ronald Schmalz, who works in public relations for the township, says that the program was an effort of both Mayor Carley and members of the township to acknowledge those in the community who have served in any branch of the military by giving a secondary name on a local street in South Brunswick.
“Mayor Carley wanted to bring a formal program to the Township in order to recognize our Veteran Community who served our country insuring our freedom.” Schmalz wrote in an Email, “It is our way of saying thank you to those individuals who served our Nation and our Community. We hope this program promotes public awareness of the Veteran and to show our appreciation for their service.”