Jeremy Kane, a Jewish Marine lance corporal who died in Afghanistan earlier this year, was honored Sunday as Cherry Hill, N.J., officials renamed a township park in his memory.
As a child, Kane spent many afternoons on the playground at the corner of Brian Drive and Queen Anne Road, just across the street from his former elementary school, said his mother, Melinda Kane.
"I love the fact that I can drive through the neighborhood and turn down the street and see Jeremy's name there, and see kids playing," said Melinda Kane, who wrote the inscription for the new park sign with help from her sons, Daniel, 20, and Benjamin, 17.
It ended on an uplifting note: "Let us not be saddened by the way Jeremy died but be inspired by the way he lived."
Kane, a Rutgers University-Camden student and member of the Reform Congregation M'kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, was killed on Jan. 23 when a suicide bomber attacked his battalion in the Helmand province in Afghanistan. He was 22 years old.
The dedication ceremony followed the unveiling of Kane's tombstone at Locustwood Cemetery, also in Cherry Hill.
"I don't think a day goes by without us thinking about Jeremy and his sacrifice," said Rabbi Barry Schwartz, who officiated over the unveiling. "As family members, as friends, as members of his community, but even just as Americans. We don't read about another casualty without thinking about this personally."