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--abstracts from two newspaper articles with images of the Soldiers' Memorial,
--names of the 98 men from the area who died during World War I, plus five whose names were added at a later date [total 103],
--descriptive comments about the men whose names are inscribed on the monument, and
--photographs of the monument.
Article abstracts by Lawrence Kritis, photographs by Raymond Kritis.
Monument located at head of Victory Drive in Jones Park, dedicated on the sixth anniversary of the signing of the Armistice
Parade started at 2:30 at 10th and State Streets moved east on State Street to 25th Street, north to Victory Drive Sixth Infantry Band of Jefferson Barracks
Monument unveiling at 3:30 by Virginia Lucille Johnson and Master Charles Ashton
Ceremony director, Mrs. C. H. Niederfeld of the Women’s Relief Corps
Assistants: Mrs. Florence Jamison Miller of Monticello, Mrs. William Bahrenburg of Belleville, past president of the WRC.
Principal Addressees: Rev. Joseph M. Lonergan of Durand , Ill., national chaplain of the American Legion, Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell of Shelbyville, past national chaplain of the American Legion.
Memorial funds raised by the legion and auxiliaries
Musical program: 6th Infantry Band Chorus of 400 from public schools, musical director Miss Julia Kelsey High School Band
Invocation: Rabbi Jacob R. Mazur
Monument presented by Helen R. Warner, general chairman of the memorial committee
Responded by Kevin Kane, attorney
Benediction by Rev. J. J. Downey of St. Joseph’s Church
Speakers Platform: Speakers, guests of honor, members of committee, Mayor M. M. Stephens, City officials, Representatives of the Park Board, Business and Professional Women’s Club, sponsor of memorial idea
Monument was a dream since the 1st anniversary of signing of armistice
Patriotic organizations outlined plans for exercises
Committee in charge arranged speakers and parade
G.A.R. took interest
Spanish-American War Veterans
Women of all of the war organization auxiliaries
Miss Cecil Townsend, secretary of the Red Cross and other officers of the chapter
Members of the Lions, Rotary and Optimist clubs, and others
Parade twenty minutes long, Order of Procession:
In total, 600 marched in parade, 200 in automobiles
1,500 assembled in park waiting for parade
Gold star mothers had seats of honor
Women of various war organizations attired in white and arms laden with flowers placed flowers at base after reveal for those who fell in the following battles:
Sixth Infantry Band played Star Spangled Banner, with chorus
Rabbi Jacob R. Mazur offered prayer
Speech by Rev. J. Stanley Mitchell, “The Price of Peace” cut short by a drizzle, then downpour.
Program then dispensed without following speakers getting chance to talk: Rev. Joseph Lonergan of Duran, III; Mayor M. M. Stephens; Kevin Kane Miss Helen Warner; Rev. J. J. Downey of St. Joseph’s Church
Dinner that night at Y.W.C.A. with guests of committees in charge of celebration, Miss Warner presided.
Each side of upper shaft dedicated to a war: World War, Spanish American War, Civil War, American Revolution
Monument centered in grass plot at intersection of three boulevards
Lower shaft inscribed with names of men who died in the World War, names compiled by Miss Warner
Top of upper shaft represented the United States standard, made of Barre granite, 17 feet tall
Surmounted with a granite eagle with a three and a half foot wing span
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If you have additional information on the men below, please contact Lawrence Kritis, or the SCCGS.
|JOHN H.||DORMAN JR. updated April 2016.|
Revolutionary War and
Civil War Inscription (64 Kb)
|Monument showing |
World War and
Spanish American War
Inscription (44 Kb)
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