Fort Hamilton War Memorial
On this Memorial Day the HDM will highlight the Fort Hamilton War Memorial located in Fort Hamilton Plaza, once called Fort Hamilton Triangle and sometimes referred to as “Pigeon Park” (94th St. between 4th and 5th Ave).
No matter the name, one constant since September 18th, 1920, is the monument dedicated to over the 500 men from the Fort Hamilton/Bay Ridge area who answered their country’s call during World War I.
The monument was built thanks to donations from the Fort Hamilton Community at a cost of about $8,000.00. The monument is of granite and stands over 20 feet tall, and on the peak stands a bronze eagle. The first twenty-four names on the monument are of those young men who lost their lives in service.
On this day we remember:
Bernard L. Abt, William Andre, Anthony Bananno, William F. Conwell, Vernon H. Davis, Donato Ditaranto, John W. Evans, John J. Kelly Jr., Frederick Kemp, Frederick Leonhardt, Robert G. Llewellyn, Joseph P. Lynch, William C. Martin, Frederick Mechel, Frank Pechacek, George Rettiger, Adolph T. Rottger, Thomas J. Shannon, Carl Shew, Owen J. Sweeney, Joseph J. Wachter, Arthur Watson, Jeremiah Roach, and John Mauro.
On the day of the dedication the event ended with “Taps” being played by a squad of buglers from USAG Fort Hamilton.
USAG Fort Hamilton
U.S. Army Center of Military History
West Point Museum
National WWI Museum and Memorial
BAY RIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Brooklyn's Memorial Day Parade committee