2011-10-05 / Features

Douglaston War Monument Restoration Celebrated


(L. to r.); Incoming President Queens Chapter 32 Paul Narson of Vietnam Veterans of America, Councilmember Dan Halloran, Community Board 11 Chair Jerry Iannece at the newly restored World War I monument in Douglaston. The monument lists 75 local residents who served in the war. (L. to r.); Incoming President Queens Chapter 32 Paul Narson of Vietnam Veterans of America, Councilmember Dan Halloran, Community Board 11 Chair Jerry Iannece at the newly restored World War I monument in Douglaston. The monument lists 75 local residents who served in the war. In April, Councilmember Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone)believed better days were ahead for the Douglaston World War I monument.

He reached out to various city agencies asking them to take responsibility for the monument’s upkeep. The city responded with a thorough interagency effort, resulting in the monument’s restoration.

Halloran visited the monument on September 29 to celebrate its restoration at a small ceremony, which was also attended by local residents and veterans.

Several local and city leaders joined the councilmember, including the mayor’s Queens Director for Community Affairs Claudia Filomena, Elliott Socci of the Douglaston Civic Association and Rev. Adriene Hausch from the Community Church of Douglaston, who led a blessing.

“This shows what can happen when our city comes together for a common cause,” Halloran said. “Just a few months ago, this monument was in shameful condition. But today, it’s again a glimmering tribute to the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, and a proud icon of the neighborhood of Douglaston. It’s a piece of our history. And thanks to the city’s work, it’s a piece of our future.”

Socci first brought the issue to the councilmember’s attention in March. Installed in 1945, the monument bears the names of 75 veterans from Douglaston who died in World War I.

“You learn so much about a place by the way it preserves the memories of fallen heroes,” Halloran said. “These 60 [sic] men and women from Douglaston gave their lives so that future generations could pursue the American Dream. By restoring this monument, we have thanked them one final time for their service.”

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