Memorial Day weekend tribute at animal shelter to remember patriot who paid the ultimate price

David Madden
May 24, 2019 - 1:47 pm
On this Memorial Day weekend, a South Jersey woman is making a $10,000 donation to a local animal shelter. In return, they’re honoring the woman’s mother, an animal lover herself who died at the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

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BLACKWOOD, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — On this Memorial Day weekend, a South Jersey woman is making a $10,000 donation to a local animal shelter. In return, they’re honoring the woman’s mother, an animal lover herself who died at the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

A plaque now hangs outside the Rosemary Chapa Memorial Room, where cats awaiting forever homes are cared for at the Homeward Bound Center in Camden County.

Chapa worked in the Defense Department as a civilian, but also loved animals. That’s why her daughter, Grace Ellis of Woolwich Township, Gloucester County, made the donation.

“Was she all those other things? A leader? A patriot? A true hero? Yes, she was,” Ellis said. “She was also the best hero of all to the animals she adopted and loved in her lifetime.”

The donation is being used to maintain and improve the feline portion of this shelter.

“I walked in to adopt a cat and I walked out a foster mom for the Camden County animal shelter,” she added. “So it’s just been a beautiful ride since then.”

It’s kind of unique when you consider Rosemary loved dogs. So does Grace, but she and her daughters are cat fans.