5 of the Places in Parks that Honor Our Veterans
There are hundreds of memorials honoring the nation’s veterans spread thoughout the city's parks. Here are a few of the memorials we encourage you to visit to pay respect to our soldiers.
Visit our War Memorials in Parks page to find out more about the monuments near you and the battles they commemorate.
Brooklyn War Memorial
Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn
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This granite and limestone memorial is dedicated to the more than 300,000 heroic men and women of the borough of Brooklyn who served in World War II. Inside are displayed approximately 11,500 names of Brooklyn service members who died during the war.
Van Cortlandt Memorial Grove
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
The series of plaques ringed by trees was created as a living tribute to veterans of two 20th century wars. The grove was first planted in 1949 for World War II veterans and was later updated for veterans of the Korean War. Eighteen plaques throughout the grove honor fallen soldiers from the Bronx.
East Coast Memorial
Battery Park, Manhattan
This awe-inspiring monument consists of an eagle gazing past eight 19-foot tall granite pylons on which are inscribed the names of the 4,601 American servicemen who died in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II.
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Kissena Park, Queens
The memorial plaza and sculpture honors the forgotten heroes of the Korean War. The bronze sculpture by artist William Crozier consists of a larger-than-life solitary soldier. On a smaller scale behind him are the silhouettes of five soldiers carrying a stretcher and scaling the dangerous mountain terrain of Korea. The plaza surrounding the memorial has two types of granite paving stones that are laid in an asymmetric pattern symbolic of the rice fields of Korea. Prairie grass, which is native across the U.S., grows at the base of the sculpture and represents the soldier's return home.
Tompkinsville Park, Staten Island
This statue honors the local soldiers who served in the Spanish-American War. Depicting a foot soldier dressed in military fatigues, with a rifle slung over his shoulder, the image is derived from the long marches that the infantry endured in the tropical Cuban climate.