CAPTAIN EMILIO CARRANZA
Every year the Mt. Holly Post No. 11 of the American Legion celebrates a service for Captain Emilio Carranza whose plane crashed in the New Jersey Pines in July, 1928 while on a goodwill flight commissioned by the government of Mexico. A violent storm is assumed to have been the cause of the crash and when Captain Carranza failed to arrive in Mexico City, the Mt. Holly Post set out to recover the young airman's body. They had to cut across almost 25 miles of dense underbrush in order to carry his body out. On July 12, 1929 the Legion held the first memorial Service where Captain Carranza crashed. They have continued to hold a yearly service ever since. A memorial monument built of stones quarried near Mexico and paid for by the children of Mexico City was erected in 1933. The Carranza Memorial is located on what is today Carranza Road. Visitors from all over the United States and Mexico continue to visit each year.
Users of Facebook can view videos of re-enactments and ceremonies conducted at the Carranza Memorial. Just follow this link:http://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Legion-Mount-Holly-Post-11/186307554211 .