Patch explores village memorials dedicated to loved ones.
This week Patch looks at outdoor memorials at six
sites in the Central section of town.
Of course, the biggest "outdoor
memorial" in town is the Cathedral of the Incarnation
. Cornelia Clinch
Stewart dedicated it to her husband and founder of Garden City, Alexander
Turney Stewart. In part one of the Central section, they add up to over 80 memorials
to over 1,060 loved ones.
Nine memorials are dedicated to 35
people at St. Paul's School
. Four memorials with 30 names are located at the flagpole by the main
entrance at St. Paul's. The granite markers are engraved with the names of
former St. Paul's students who lost their lives serving in WWI and WWII.
are in the playground area, such as Paul Muscarella's memorial bench: "In Memory of Paul J. Muscarella- 'And in the end, it's not the years in your
life that count, it's the life in your years.'- Abraham Lincoln
. Paul had
life in his years...a beloved husband, father and dedicated friend. With a
wonderful smile and cheerful humor, he touched the lives of all those around
him. For the many years of volunteer service to the Garden City Community and
especially to the Western Property Owners Association..."
Nine memorials are dedicated
to 18 people at Garden City Middle School
. Three memorials are situated in the front of the school, two are
near the cafeteria and more are in the two courtyards.
The WW I memorial plaque on a large stone and flagpole
have been in front of the school for years. Around 2005, Jennifer Rumbelow, a
social studies teacher, spearheaded the re-landscaping of
the area and added two memorial benches to the site. They are in memory of
Edgar and Frieda McMahon and August and Anna Willuschat, both from M.J.
There are approximately
150 names on memorial bricks on the southeast side of The Garden City Historical Society Museum
Street. It is also a temporary home for two large plaques for the Doubleday
"Roll of Honor" for World Wars I and II with almost 700 names,
located at the entrance to the A. T. Stewart Exchange consignment shop.
Longtime Historical Society member and founder of the A.
T. Stewart Exchange Kris Harder started the commemorative brick paver campaign
for The Museum in approximately 2002. There are memorial bricks to family members
and others in honor of someone. Visit www.GardenCityHistoricalSociety.org
for more information on purchasing bricks.
There are two memorials with almost 180 names at Headquarters
, between the Gazebo and Village Hall. The large memorial that is
surrounded by landscaping contains a list of names like the "Who's
Who" of Garden City: "Charter Members- Garden City Volunteer Fire
Department Incorporated April 19, 1920" and "In Memory of Those
Volunteer Firefighters Who Performed in the Service of the Village of Garden
City." Nearby is a memorial dedicated to Thomas G. Moringiello.
There are 12 memorials for a total of 32 people at the Gazebo
and horse sculpture at the corner of Stewart and Hilton avenues. Benches
surround the Gazebo on the southern half. At the Gazebo are two memorials. One
memorial is for Honora B. Cameron by the Lyric Foundation when the Gazebo was
built. The other is "In Memory of Clinton deRaismes Combes, Jr. 1921-
On the west side of the park is the 911 Memorial
lists the names of 23 who perished: "In Memory of the Victims from Garden
City Who Lost Their Lives in the World Trade Center" and a dedication to
the Girl Scouts on their anniversary.
On the east side of Garden City Village Hall
is a bench
dedicated to Eileen Murphy: "In Loving Memory of Eileen Murphy- March 30,
1922- August 8, 2004- This bench has been donated by Eileen's many friends in
Garden City, in recognition of her dedicated service to the community..."
Murphy was a former editor of a local newspaper.
week Patch will continue with the Central section's many outdoor memorials.Do you have a special outdoor memorial in town for a
loved one? Do you know someone who has been memorialized? Let us know in the
comments section below.
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