A Newsletter from the Green Vision Campaign

Spring 2011

News from The Morrsitown Green


American Gold Star Mother’s, Inc. is the largest organization of Gold Star Mothers in the U.S., and is recognized by the Armed Services/Pentagon.  Most states/regions have their own chapter within GSM, Inc.

The organization was founded in 1928 by several mothers of fallen World War I soldiers.

Child must only be on Active duty in the US Military at time of death.  This includes the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.

The nature of death and place of death does not matter, and does not have to be while conducting military operations.

For more information or to join American Gold Star Mothers see their web site www.goldstarmoms.com

The 4th Sunday in September is Gold Star Mother’s Day. 

This year it is September 25, 2011


Summer 2009

News from The Morrsitown Green

From The Daily Record 5/20/09

Architect wins award for Green renovation

Landscape architect Anna Cheng Young has won an award of merit form the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for her design for the renovation of the Green.

The renovation of the Green, the centerpiece of Morristown's downtown district, began in 2002 when the proprietors, the Trustees of the Green, began to raise funds - a total of $4. 6 million -- to renovate and revitalize the 21/2-acre park and establish an endowment fund to preserve and maintain the Green in perpetuity.

Young was charged with attaining two objectives: preserving and enhancing the park for public use and providing a meaningful historic interpretation for grounds where Washington and his troops once walked. Morristown was the Military Capital of the American Revolution.

Until now, the only reference to the Revolution on the Green was the relatively new fountain, called Patriot's Farewell, showing a citizen-soldier leaving his family. There was no indication of Washington's 1777 sojourn in Morristown in Arnold's Tavern, just across from the Green.

Young's design called for rejuvenation of the landscape and introduction of a "hardscape" to celebrate the Green's history and provide a fitting location for public events. Among the elements of the plan:

• Renovation of the lawns and plantings.

• Construction of a central plaza, a gathering place for public events, with a 58-foot long bench constructed of indigenous puddingstone found in Morris County and a granite medallion with the words "E Pluribus Unum" to celebrate the cultural diversity of this country.

• Brick patio and game tables for relaxation and recreation.

• "The Alliance," a grouping of sculptures of Washington with his officers Alexander Hamilton and the Marquis de Lafayette, recalling the day when Lafayette arrived with word from his king that France would provide financial and military support for the colonies.

• Historical markers calling attention to landmarks around the Green.

• Reconstructed walkways and a new promenade.

The entire project, costing $1 million, was completed and dedicated in October 2007.

Morristown Green in Perpetuity also won the 2008 Award for Excellence in Public Spaces from Downtown New Jersey, an organization dedicated to promoting the economic and cultural well being of New Jersey's downtowns.

Since the completion of the Green project, Young has joined the Parsippany office of Dewberry, a company known as a leader in planning, design and engineering, where she is leader of the landscape architecture practice. She lives in Tewksbury.