Annual Captain Emilio Carranza Memorial Service
Annual Capitan Emilio Carranza Memorial Service
Carranza Memorial Park
Wharton State Forest
Carranza Road, Tabernacle, New Jersey
Once a year, at 1:00 P.M. on the Saturday closest to July 12th.
American Legion Post 11, from Mount Holly, New Jersey, along with representatives from the Mexican consulates in New York City, New York and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to honor Captain Emilio Carranza.
Every year the Mount Holly Post No. 11 of the American Legion celebrates a service for Capitan 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 Capitan Carranza failed to arrive in Mexico City.
The Mount Holly Post set out to recover the young airman. They 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 Capitan 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 Carranza Road, Tabernacle, NJ.
Visitors from all over the United States and Mexico continue to visit each year.