On May 30, 2012, sixteen Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) employees received a standing ovation from veterans and their family members for their incredible efforts to restore the Memorial Wall, which was faithfully repaired to a near-new appearance thanks to the hard work of the DRBA restoration team.
For more than a year, Joe Ridley, Chris Rinehart, Ed Williams, Bob Arnold, Bobby Coates, Todd Elwell, Jeff Kinsler, Kevin Pettit, Steve Wasson, Garry Carroll, Rocky Costa, Wayne Hearn, Joe Ogden, Mike Shaw, Jim Watson and Travis Wilson worked on the “Memorial Restoration Project,” rebuilding and refurbishing the Wall. Since its dedication in 1956, time and weather had taken their toll, resulting in the need for extensive work to return the memorial to its original luster.
Following months of research, this team initiated a complex restoration, which included pulling all the plaques, repairing the concrete foundation, sandblasting all the panels, applying epoxy primer and urethane to the panels, hand-sanding and painting the names, and affixing and caulking the panels to the restored wall. It was renovated section-by-section. The restoration team once again proved that the talent, skill and professionalism of the Authority’s workforce is unparalleled