TRENTON, NJ – Senator Steven Oroho’s bipartisan legislation, S-542, to pay tribute to veterans by renaming Sussex County’s High Point State Park to “High Point State Park and New Jersey Veterans Memorial” has passed the full Senate and is now headed to the governor for final approval. The Garden State is home to more than 400,000 veterans.
“Renaming High Point State Park to honor New Jersey’s veterans is an appropriate memorial,” Oroho said. “High Point Park in Sussex County was made possible by Colonel Anthony R. and Susie Dryden Kuser, who generously donated the 10,500 acres that encompasses New Jersey’s tallest point. These generous patriots also sponsored the 220-foot war memorial that towers over that land. My hope is that the park’s new name will serve as a reminder to all park-goers of the valiant sacrifices our military members make at home and abroad to preserve our nation’s freedom.”
The Assembly legislation, A-3166, is sponsored by Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Parker Space.
In 1923, Colonel Anthony Kuser deeded his summer mountain estate at High Point to New Jersey for the purpose of creating a State Park and later donated $500,000 to erect a granite obelisk – the High Point Veterans’ Monument – at New Jersey’s highest peak within the park to honor all of New Jersey’s heroes who have fought for our country. One of the most visible and best known parks in the State, High Point State Park rises 1,803 feet above sea level. According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the park offers “spectacular views of rich farmland and forest, soft hills and lush valleys in three states – New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.”
The idea to rename the state park originally came from Roger Gengaro, former State commander of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Legion.
“I want to thank New Jersey’s American Legion and former State commander Roger Gengaro for their support of this effort,” Oroho added. “I hope that our collective efforts show our immense gratitude and respect to all veterans – past, present, and future.”