To honor fallen World War I soldiers from the Woodhaven area, 70 trees were planted in Forest Park nearly 100 years ago, at the end of the Great War.
Over time, the location and meaning behind these trees were lost to history, but were recently rediscovered and rededicated, just in time for Memorial Day.
The story of the Memorial Trees in Woodhaven. With music from musopen.org, royalty-free music. “Bullets and Bayonets” and “Comrades of the Legion” by John Philip Sousa. Special thanks to American legion Post 118; the Ladies Auxiliary; Junior Air Force ROTC of Franklin K. Lane Campus under the leadership of Air Force Master Sgt. Eddie Carr and Army Reserve Sgt. David Valentin; the St. Thomas the Apostle Woodhaven History Club led by teacher Patty Eggers; the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society; with special thanks to Allan Smith, Edwin Gardiner, Jr., CM Elizabeth Crowley, CM Eric Ulrich, Assemblyman Mike Miller, Senator Joe Addabbo, Pam & Walter Steffens, The Avenue Diner (Woodhaven), The Woodhaven Athletic Club, the NYC Parks Department, The Forest Park Administration at Oak Ridge and the Leader-Observer. Photos and video by Josephine Wendell.
via Queens Crap