Great War 100 Reads

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Eternal Light Flagstaff, Madison Square Park, New York

US Army and Navy forces returning to New York after the war in 1918 were officially received at Madison Square, a park bound by 23rd St, 26th St, Fifth Ave and Madison Ave in the Flatiron area of Manhattan. They marched through a temporary Victory Arch of wood and plaster, modeled after the Arch of Constantine in Rome, at 24th St and Fifth Avenue. There was no agreement amongst city leaders on the design of a more permanent arch and the temporary one was soon razed. Continue reading