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Rock of the Marne - Burlington

   
Rock of the Marne - Burlingtonloupe
540 High Street
Burlington
NJ
USA 08016
1923

Rock of the Marne - Burlington

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

100c 100m wwi centennial plaque The Rock of the Marne monument, designed by famed sculptor Roland Hinton Perry, located at the American Legion Post 79 on 540 High Street, is at the entryway to Burlington City. This statue continues to commemorate the loss lives and broken families of World War I as “the war to end all wars.” It portrays an American “Doughboy” ready to protect and defend. The statue was dedicated in memory of the dead from the 38th Infantry Regiment. The sculptor, Roland Hinton Perry, had a national reputation: Before his death in 1941, his work included two memorable statues at Gettysburg and the elaborate Court of Neptune fountain at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The monument consists of a copper WWI soldier in uniform with his front foot anchored on a rock. The soldier holds an angled rifle with bayonet, and has a pack against his chest.  The monument, in front of the VFW Memorial Hall, is flanked by several other war memorials. Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office.  Night photo - Nicholas J. Cuozzo . Vintage postcard - Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives