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Monday Monuments and Memorials – 107th Infantry Memorial, Central Park, New York

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The 7th Regiment of New York, renamed the 107th Infantry, sailed for Europe when the US joined the war in 1917. A bronze sculpture on a granite pedestal stands on the Fifth Avenue side of Central Park at East 67th Street, in honour of those in the regiment who died in WW1. It was dedicated on 29 September 1927.

Sculptor Karl Illava had fought with the regiment. He depicts seven soldiers in the September 1918 assault on the Hindenberg Line. The central three figures charge forward. On each end, a soldier helps a wounded or dying comrade. The sculpture is 10 ft high, 15 ft and 8 in wide. Wreathed regimental badges anchor the sides of the pedestal, designed by architects Rogers and Haneman. The inscription says:

Seventh Regiment New York
One Hundred and Seventh United States Infantry
1917   In Memoriam   1918

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