2017-05-31 / Front Page

E. Crowley Hosts Forest Park Memorial Drive Street Co-Naming Ceremony

With Memorial Day approaching, City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley continues to commemorate the lives of those who fought for our freedom and paid the ultimate sacrifice, by officially co-naming Forest Park Drive to “Forest Park Memorial Drive.” With Memorial Day approaching, City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley continues to commemorate the lives of those who fought for our freedom and paid the ultimate sacrifice, by officially co-naming Forest Park Drive to “Forest Park Memorial Drive.” Forest Park Drive in Forest Park is lined with memorial trees, dedicated to veterans of World War I. With Memorial Day approaching, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley continues to commemorate the lives of those who fought for our freedom and paid the ultimate sacrifice, by officially co-naming the street to “Forest Park Memorial Drive.”

In 1919, the American Legion Post 118 planted 70 memorial trees in honor of the local World War I soldiers who did not return home. Forest Park Memorial Drive joins in remembering their service and sacrifice.

 “This co-naming continues the tradition in the park of marking and remembering our heroes,” Crowley said. “Forest Park Memorial Drive will be a lasting reminder for all who travel through the park of all that was done to protect our freedom.”

Throughout Forest Park are additional memorials and monuments in recognition of soldiers who gave their lives and veterans who survived World War I, World War II and the Korean War. Victory Field was dedicated in memory of the “Unknown Soldier” of World War I; Strack Pond remembers the first Woodhaven soldier who died in Vietnam; and there are two 9/11 memorials in recognition of all those who lost their lives in the terror attack.

 “This road now has a name that serves as a reminder that it contains several memorials to those who gave their lives in service to our country. I think it would make their families proud and help future generations keep up the tradition of remembering their sacrifices, as well as supporting those young men and women currently in harm’s way. We’d like to thank Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, and all of the other electeds that supported this request, for getting this done so swiftly,” said Ed Wendell, Executive Director of the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society.

Crowley sponsored legislation in the City Council to bring about this co-naming, which was greatly supported by American Legion Post 118, Vietnam Veterans Local Chapter 32, the Queens Historical Society and the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society.

 

 


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