War Memorial - Plainfield

War Memorial - Plainfieldloupe
Crescent Avenue & Seventh Street
USA 07060
Gaetano Cecare

The Plainfield World War I monument is a flagpole with an elaborately decorated base placed on a concrete and grass traffic island in downtown Plainfield. The monument was erected on ground owned by the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church circa 1926. It is still maintained by the church.

The sculptural portion of the flagpole consists a cylindrical marble section crowned by a narrower cylindrical bronze section. It was designed by noted New Jersey sculptor Gaetano Cecere. The major portion of the base contains a relief sculpture of a group of Roman warriors. The section above consists of a band of relief eagles with their wings spread.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #76009157. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office