The origins of Memorial Park in Monroe

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  • The Monroe Civic Club raised the money to purchase the memorial tablet and create the Memorial Park on Route 17M.

  • Images provided by the Monroe Historical Society One hundred yearsinremembrance.

By James A. Nelson

MONROE — The people of Monroe have always honored their heroes who died and served in the Great War, as World War I was known.

The Monroe Civic Club raised the money to purchase the memorial tablet and create the Memorial Park on Route 17M.

Town of Monroe Supervisor Clarence S. Knight secured the triangle piece of land from the State of New York.

The local surveying firm of Knight, Bush and Thompson took responsibility for providing the stone for the tablet.

The people of Monroe donated the money for the memorial and the park. M.F. Schlesinger, whose home was on High Street, was the first, largest and last contributor to the fund.

The World War I monument was dedicated Memorial Day May 30, 1923, with a parade from North Main Street School with members of the American Legion, Boy and Girl Scouts and Tannery’s Band.

The day was described as a testimonial and gratitude of a proud people.

In 1995 a committee was formed under the leadership of Sid Tendler with the idea of creating a new World War II monument.

It was decided to erect the monument at Memorial Park on Route 17M and also to also move the Korean and Vietnam Monument which was funded by the Monroe Lions Club to Memorial Park.

The dedication of these new monuments was July 26, 1998.

This Sunday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day, which was originally called Armistice Day in honor of the end of World War I.

This being the 100th anniversary, let us not forget those men who served and lost their lives serving our country.

The church bells across the country are scheduled to toll at 11 a.m. on Sunday the 11th to celebrate the end of World War I.

James A. Nelson is the Monroe Town Historian.

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