By Mike Dougherty
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Political and Military leaders in Camden County Saturday dedicated a portion of Harleigh Cemetery as hallowed grounds, a place where veterans will be buried.
“It’s peaceful, it’s down here by the river…birds are chirping.”
Decorated Navy Admiral William Fallon, who grew up just down the street, says this hill didn’t always look this way.
“Fifty years ago, it was pretty gnarly. It wasn’t very pretty. And I suspect it wasn’t very pretty recently. But now, they’ve done a wonderful job. They’ve cleared it out. It’s a beautiful site.”
One of the men who made this possible is Freeholder Ed McDonnell. He waited four years for this ceremony.
“We went into this with the purpose of doing the right thing for these veterans, who so deserve it.”
A portion of Kaighn Avenue is now named in honor of Admiral Fallon, who was surprised and honored by the announcement.