Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00
Memorial Park, home to quite a few monuments that honor present and past veterans, took a different focus yesterday on the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. It’s as if it were yesterday that smoke was billowing from Lower Manhattan after terror struck the Big Apple. But here we are, 11 years later and the memories are as clear as the sunny day that was upon the world until two planes struck the World Trade Center.
Stretching a full block from Jackson Avenue to Garfield Avenue and along Marcellus Road, the park garnered its name from the dedication of a monument in the center of the park to those soldiers fallen in World War I. A second plaque was added later to honor all of those who had served and perished in all American wars and military actions since the Revolution.
Another monument was erected just to the south, dedicated to those who died on 9/11. The park was originally dedicated in 1932.