40:10B-2. Legislative findings and declarations
The Legislature finds that within the State of New Jersey, there are many historic cemeteries in which are interred the bodies of citizens who settled and first developed the colonial lands of East Jersey and West Jersey, fought to secure and preserve freedom and liberty, contributed to the historic and cultural development and evolution of the State, its counties and municipalities, and participated in events of historical and cultural importance and significance.
The Legislature further finds that because of a lack of funds available to restore, maintain and preserve many of these historic cemeteries, they have fallen into disrepair, disorder and decay.
The Legislature further finds that such cemeteries serve to remind us of our cultural and historical heritage, rekindle an awareness of the difficult struggles and unique achievements of preceding generations, and renew, in each succeeding generation, an appreciation and an understanding of the patterns of our State and local history.
The Legislature, therefore, declares that it is altogether fitting and proper, and in the public interest, to enable local governmental units to assist in the restoration, maintenance and preservation of such cemeteries.
L.1983, c. 294, s. 2, eff. Aug. 4, 1983.
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