Great War 100 Reads

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books

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

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. Continue reading

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Father Duffy, New York, NY

Times Square is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world – between 300,000 and 500,000 people are estimated to pass through each day, most of them on foot. How many stop to admire the statue of Father Duffy (for whom the northern triangle of the square is named) on their way to the nearby TKTS booth … or realize his Canadian connection? Continue reading

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Clinton War Memorial, DeWitt Clinton Park, New York

At the southeast corner of De Witt Clinton Park, at 11th Ave and 52nd St in New York City, stands a bronze doughboy holding poppies in his right hand and a rifle slung over his shoulder. The front of the granite pedestal is inscribed with the closing verse from John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Field.

The statue is dedicated “by comrades and friends under the auspices of Clinton District Monument Association as a memorial to the young folk of this neighborhood who gave their all in the world war.” According to the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, this is one of nine doughboy statues erected in NYC city parks. Continue reading

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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