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Somerville in Somerset County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

National Guard Armory

1910 - 1999

 
 
National Guard Armory Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C., September 23, 2007
1. National Guard Armory Marker
Inscription.
Site of the
National Guard Armory
1910 - 1999

Home of the
2nd National Guard Regiment
Company M

The armory also served as an important community and cultural center hosting graduations, dances, rallies, sporting, and other important community events.

 
Erected 2006.
 
Location. 40° 34.101′ N, 74° 36.562′ W. Marker is in Somerville, New Jersey, in Somerset County. Marker is on Grove Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 Grove St, Somerville NJ 08876, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Somerset Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington’s Route from Princeton to Morristown (about 300 feet away); Fourth New Jersey Infantry Appreciation to Somerville (about 400 feet away); Somerset County Court House Green (about 400 feet away); Somerset County 9/11 Memorial and Clock Tower
Regimental Crest from Original Armory Decorative Stonework image. Click for full size.
By R. C., September 23, 2007
2. Regimental Crest from Original Armory Decorative Stonework
(about 600 feet away); Former Second National Bank (about 700 feet away); World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Former Public Library (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Somerville.
 
More about this marker. Monument is on the plaza across Grove Street from the Somerset County Courthouse, tucked into a quiet spot between the county administration building and the jail.
 
Additional comments.
1. Veterans Memorial Plaza
The Somerset County Veterans Memorial Plaza is tucked into a quiet spot between the county administration building and jail on Grove Street in Somerville.

The design features a large star embossed in the center of the 50-foot diameter circle. Posted in the star’s center are flags from each of the five branches of the armed services – Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard – as well as space for public ceremonies. There also is space for benches, so visitors can sit in
National Guard Armory Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C., September 23, 2007
3. National Guard Armory Marker
The Somerville County Courthouse is in the background.
quiet reflection.

The 200-foot long plaza is built parallel to the northern side of the county administration building, with the circular formation nearest Grove Street. “Over the past several years, the Board of Freeholders has been proud to host ceremonies honoring our service men and women from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War,” said Freeholder Director Rick Fontana. “This new plaza will serve as a permanent memorial to the courage, determination and sacrifice of our veterans from all wars and conflicts.”

The site itself already has a longstanding connection with the armed services. The former Somerville Armory was located there from 1915 until it was taken down in 1999, several years after the administration building was built.
    — Submitted February 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

 
Categories. Military
 
The Veterans Memorial Plaza and National Guard Armory Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C., September 23, 2007
4. The Veterans Memorial Plaza and National Guard Armory Marker
The Veterans Memorial Plaza and this marker are across Grover Street from Somerset County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,083 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   3. submitted on .   4. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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