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  • Dedication Date: 1930
West Lafayette Street
08608 Trenton
NJ
USA

The Trenton War Memorial was built in 1930 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.  It was designed by Louis S. Kaplan, who as a young architect won the design competition for a Trenton memorial to its dead from World War I.  Kaplan then supervised the building of the War Memorial, and after its dedication became the leading architect in Trenton until the early 1960s.  

Built as a concert hall, it fell into disrepair before being restored by the State of NJ in the 1990s.  It was rededicated in 1999.  The 1,807-seat theater at the War Memorial was renamed the Patriots Theater in 2001.

Photos courtesy of: 
Contemporary images - New Jersey Department of State
Historic images & vintage postcard - New Jersey State Archives

  • Gaetano Federici
  • Dedication Date: 1930

The memorial consists of a tall granite obelisk adorned at the base with a bronze sculpture depicting two WWI soldiers engaged in battle, one armed with a bayonet and the other with a cocked 45-caliber pistol. The soldiers stand on a rocky ledge and aim their weapons at the unseen enemy below them.

The bronze sculpture rests on a low granite base attached to the front of the granite obelisk. The base now contains incised lettering honoring those who gave their lives and served in each war from World War I forward, but originally only commemorated World War I.

The memorial, designed by sculptor, Gaetano Federici, was dedicated in 1930.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information Systems (SIRIS) inventory #77002948. 

Photos courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) 

  • Dedication Date: 1918
Wanamaker Municipal Complex
08732 Island Heights
NJ
USA

In 1900, John Wanamaker of Wanamaker Department Store in Philadelphia, came to Island Heights, NJ to open a camp, "the Barracks," for children attending the John Wanamaker Commercial Institutes in Philadelphia and New York. A paternal employer, Wanamaker was adamant about well-rounded education for his employees. "Thinking, trying, toiling and trusting God, is all of my biography," he wrote once in response to a request for a sketch of his life, and so in finding Island Heights religiously oriented, easily accessible by rail from both stores, and with the availability of land for camping and marching, he established his quasi-military encampment in the northeastern corner of the Borough.

The young employees came in weekly shifts until child labor was deemed unlawful in 1941. People came from miles around to watch the drilling and hear the Drum & Bugle Corps and the Military Band. The students were drilled like a National Guard camp, but with time for field sports and swimming.

In later years, full companies from Wanamaker's went on to fight in foreign wars, and a granite statue on the Borough grounds stands as a tribute to their participation at the Battle of Verdun in France. 

Narrative adapted from "Island Heights Historic District" National Register Nomination, 1982. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

Municipal Building, East Allendale & East Saddle River Roads
07458 Saddle River
NJ
USA

This monument consists of a flag pole set in a stone plinth in front of Saddle River's municipal building.  The base of a quarry-faced stone plinth surmounted by a concrete slab containing a center hole for the flagpole. 

A bronze plaque on the front contains an honor role recognizing local residents who served in both world wars & Korea.  The plaque is decorated with an eagle under the curved top. 

Photos courtesy of:  Sheena Chi

  • Frank Manson
  • Dedication Date: 1926

This Veterans Memorial was a gift to the City from the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department. It commemorates those who served in the Civil War, the Spanish-American War & World War I, and was dedicated on Memorial Day 1926 before a crowd of 300 people.  The keynote address was given by Commander Walter E. Decker of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. 

The three full-length figures of soldiers stand atop a tiered granite base.  In the center, on the highest level of the base, is a portrait of Henry M. Nevius.  He wears a Civil War uniform including a long coat and hat. In his hands, he holds an American flag which is draped over a flagpole.

On his right is a figure of an unknown Spanish-American War soldier.  He is dressed in uniform and holds a rifle in his right hand. The butt of the gun rests on the ground.  His left hand is held up toward the center figure.

The third figure stands on a pedestal to Nevius' left at the same height as the Spanish-American War figure. This is a portrait of Major Peter P. Rafferty.  He wears a World War I uniform and holds the barrel of a rifle in his left hand.  The butt of the gun rests on the ground.  Nevius & Rafferty were Red Bank veterans.

Three bronze plaques are attached to the front of the monument, each with a bas-relief eagle at the top.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information Service (SIRIS) inventory # NJ000611. 

Photo courtesy of:  Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)

  • NJ 000283
  • Width: 5 ft.

The Allendale memorial consists of a bronze eagle with outstretched wings perched on a sphere atop a tall granite shaft. The shaft has  commemorative plaques on the front, and incised decorations including a US star near the top & a wreath near the bottom.

The plaque is inscribed with the names of residents of Allendale who died in World War I.  Subsequent plaques memorialize those killed in World War II & the Vietnam War.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000283. 

Photos courtesy of:  Bill Coughlin & Historical Marker Database

High & Linwood Avenues
07630 Emerson
NJ
USA

The Emerson monument consists of a tree-shaded, rusticated stone slab with a bronze honor roll plaque. The honor roll lists citizens of Emerson who served in the military during World War I.

Photo courtesy of: Michael Herrick & Historical Marker Database

  • Dedication Date: 1922
Broadway & Park Avenue
07642 Hillsdale
NJ
USA

The Hillsdale, NJ monument consists of a rusticated granite arched slab sitting atop a granite base.  A bronze eagle is perched atop the slab; a bronze plaque on the front contains an honor roll of Hillsdale residents who served in World War I. 

Two angled stone slabs with smaller plaques are placed in front of the monument honoring those who participated in later wars.

Photo courtesy of: Michael Herrick & Historical Marker Database

  • Gaetano Cecere
  • Dedication Date: 1929
Main Memorial Park, Main Avenue
07055 Clifton
NJ
USA

This monument, located in Main Memorial Park in downtown Clifton was sculpted by Gaetano Cecere & designed by architect William E. Brown. It consists of a light gray granite shaft, square in cross-section. At the base of the shaft, a bronze female figure with a full-length robe stands carrying a circular shield with an eagle & star design in her left hand and a sword in her right.

The shaft itself is crowned with a bronze urn of classical design. The sides of the shaft are incised with laurel wreaths. Names of veterans are listed above the wreath.  

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #76009166.

Photo credit:  Sheena Chi

Memorial Park, Paterson Avenue & Randolph Avenue
07073 East Rutherford
NJ
USA

This monument is a seated bronze statue of a female figure dressed in long, flowing robes representing Victory.  She wears a crown and her right arm is angled upward and forward while her left arm is held at a her side.  The monument sits on a three-part base. The lowest part is a square, granite slab. The central part a belt formed by tied scrolls, whereas the principal upper block is incised on its front surface with an inscription identifying the statue as “Victory.”

Photos courtesy of:  Frances Knowlden

  • Carl Tefft
  • Dedication Date: 1922
Town Hall, 159 Washington Avenue
07109 Belleville
NJ
USA

This monument honors the 700 men from Belleville who served in the Great War, and the 20 men who gave their lives whose names are enumerated on a shield plaque. It consists of an allegorical bronze female figure representing Victory holding a shield and quill pen in her left hand, and a bouquet of flowers in the crook of her right arm. She wears a laurel wreath in her hair.

The sculpture sits atop a square stone base. Dedicated in 1922, it was designed by New York sculptor, Carl Emerson Tefft.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #76008075.

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

S. Finley Avenue & Oak Street
07920 Bernards Township - Basking Ridge
NJ
USA

Located near the center of the village of Basking Ridge, NJ this monument consists of a thick glacial boulder slab with a rectangular bronze honor roll plaque mounted on its surface.  The plaque recognizes local residents who served in WWI. 

Photos courtesy of: Bill Coughlin & Historical Marker Database

  • Dedication Date: 1922
480 Main Street
08515 Crosswicks
NJ
USA

The Crosswicks monument was dedicated on Veterans’ Day 1922 in a ceremony that also included the laying of the cornerstone of the Crosswicks Community House.

Originally, the monument plaque contained only the name of Harry J. Chapman, the one Crosswicks resident killed in action in World War I.  The plaque was apparently later recast to add the names of two village residents killed during World War II.

Photo courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

Demarest Duck Pond, Piermont Road & Hardenburgh Ave
07627 Demarest
NJ
USA

This monument consists of a rectangular boulder with a central horizontal seam that sits upon a concrete base.  Three bronze plaques are placed on the front of the boulder with the central plaque commemorating Demarest residents who served in the Great War. 

Photo courtesy of:  Sheena Chi

Veterans Square, Harrison & Midland Avenues
07026 Garfield
NJ
USA

This monument consists of a rusticated granite square column with a central long inset vertical section topped with a segmented arch.  The column capital is topped by a concrete hemisphere, which is in turn, surmounted by a concrete orb, both resting on a base.  An iron eagle in flight is mounted to the top of the orb.

The base of the statue has a bronze honor roll plaque on its front side, which is also constructed of rusticated granite. 

The monument is placed on a landscaped triangular traffic island in downtown Garfield.

Photo courtesy of:  Sheena Chi

  • Charles Henry Niehaus
  • Dedication Date: 1924
Court Street
07601 Hackensack
NJ
USA

This is one of two WWI monuments on the grounds of the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack, NJ.  It is the more elaborate of the two. Designed by well-known sculptor, Charles Henry Niehaus, it consists of a bronze figure of a young man standing atop a tapered circular stone base with an inscription. 

Above the inscription are reliefs of eagles & garland. Below the inscription are 4 relief panels. The front panel shows a Revolutionary War scene. A side panel displays a meeting of Civil War-era generals. The back panel shows a charge from the Spanish-American War. The final panel depicts a battle from World War I.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ 000122.

Photos courtesy of:  Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)

  • NJ000016
  • Pietro Montana
  • Eagle Bronze Worka
  • Dedication Date: 1924
  • Depth: 42 in
  • Width: 32 in
Borough Hall, 222 Ridge Road
07031 North Arlington
NJ
USA

This monument depicts a larger-than-life doughboy soldier standing with his left leg forward and his right leg extended backward.  A rifle is held in his left hand, pointing diagonally downward across his extended left thigh.  His helmet rests upside down to his left. 

The figure stands on a natural rock that features a relief plaque depicting an angel in the center, holding an olive branch and flanked by soldiers. The sculpture was dedicated  on July 19, 1924.  

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) #NJ000018. 

Photos courtesy of:
Monument - Smithsonian Institution Research Information Service (SIRIS)
Plaque - Bill Coughlin & Historical Marker Database

500 Wesley Avenue
08226 Ocean City
NJ
USA

This World War I memorial consists of a tapering, rusticated pink granite slab topped by a cradled, grey granite orb topped by a bronze eagle with outstretched wings.  On the front of the slab is a bronze plaque with a curved pediment, containing the names of local residents who served in the war.  The monument rests on a shallow-hipped, rusticated, grey granite base. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

  • Gaetano Cecare
  • Dedication Date: c1926
Crescent Avenue & Seventh Street
07060 Plainfield
NJ
USA

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

Borough Hall, 1500 Kings Highway
08085 Swedesboro
NJ
USA

The Swedesboro World War I honor roll plaque has recently been remounted on a consolidated war memorial brick wall next to the Borough Hall.  The bronze plaque is topped by an eagle with wings outstretched standing on a bas relief depiction of a boulder which reads, "For God and Country."  The boulder image is flanked by US soldiers on the right battling a group of enemy soldiers with cannons on the left side.  The plaque reads, "In Grateful Tribute to those of our community who served under the colors for God and Humanity in the World War." 

The list of local men who served comprises the rest of the long, rectangular plaque.  The names of those who died in the war are marked by a star. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office