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Greenwood Veterans’ Memorial Park

 
 
Greenwood Veterans' Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 3, 2014
1. Greenwood Veterans' Memorial Park Marker
Inscription. The idea for the building of Greenwood Veterans' Memorial Park was that of Floyd "Red" Clark. Started in 2005, it was initially intended to be a memorial to the residents of the Wilson area who served in World War II. However, during construction, this focus was expanded to include all of those who served from the Wilson Area. There are flags flown for each branch of service, plus a large American flag. On the wall, over 2,500 names commemorate the men and women who served this nation.

In 2012, the Clark family gave the land on which this memorial sits to the town of Wilson, with the American Legion Martin F. Jennings Post #836 tending to the maintenance of the wall, flags, etc. On this site, the Legion Post hosts a ceremony every Memorial Day at 10 A.M.
~ as told by C.F. Horton

 
Location. 43° 18.736′ N, 78° 50.112′ W. Marker is in Wilson, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is at the intersection of Park Street and Shore Drive, on the right when traveling west on Park Street. Click for map. The marker is across the street from the memorial. Marker is in this post office area: Wilson NY 14172, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vietnam Memorial in Memory of 1st Lt. Michael E. Witkop
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 3, 2014
2. Greenwood Veterans' Memorial Park and Marker
Marker at right. Memorial at left behind the white railings.
(within shouting distance of this marker); A Solemn Tribute to the Men and Women of Wilson who Served (within shouting distance of this marker); Lake Island Park, Wintergreen Island, Tugwell Island & Clark Island (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Park and Harbor Streets (about 700 feet away); O'Connell Island (approx. 0.2 miles away); Greenwood Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Corner of Pettit and Bay Street (approx. mile away); Port of Entry Marker and Wilson Boat House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilson.
 
Regarding Greenwood Veterans' Memorial Park. The shiny panels that bear the names of the veterans photograph very poorly. During the colder season, the walls bearing these names are enclosed in specially tailored tarpaulin covers. The memorial is adjacent to Greenwood Cemetery. The central flagpole had an older WWI and WWII memorial plaque. At the end of the approach walkway from the cemetery side to the memorial, there is a separate memorial for 1st Lt. Michael E. Witkop that was
Greenwood Veterans' Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 3, 2014
3. Greenwood Veterans' Memorial Park Marker
View of Park Stree towards NY Route 18. Greenwood Cemetery is to the right behind the trees.
moved to this location from the Ontario Street viewing area on the shore of Lake Ontario in the Village of Wilson.
 
Categories. War, US CivilWar, VietnamWar, World IWar, World II
 
Greenwood Veterans' Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 3, 2014
4. Greenwood Veterans' Memorial Park
Approach sidewalk from the cemetery. The ceremonial entrance reads, "Greenwood Veterans Memorial Park. May 28, 2007. American Legion Post 830."
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 3, 2014
5. Greenwood Veterans' Memorial Park
This wall holds plaques for the sponsor "Red" Clark and for Martin F. Jennings, killed in action in WWI.
Greenwood Veterans' Memorial - "Red" Clark image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 3, 2014
6. Greenwood Veterans' Memorial - "Red" Clark
"This plaque is dedicated to the memory of Floyd 'Red' Clark for his exemplary service to the Town of Wilson Veterans. We offer our heartfelt appreciation to Red for his devotion and commitment to fulfilling his dream of establishing the Greenwood Veterans Memorial Park, honoring all those residents who valiantly served our country. Presented by the Wilson Town Board May 30th, 2011. Supervisor Joseph Jastrzemski. Councilmen Brad Clark, James Muscoreil, Thomas Thompson, Jon Munnikhuysen."
Greenwood Veterans' Memorial - Martin F. Jennings image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 3, 2014
7. Greenwood Veterans' Memorial - Martin F. Jennings
"U.S. Army Veteran of the Great War, 78th Division 309 Infantry Company G. Killed in Action during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France on Oct. 20, 1918. American Legionpost 836 of Wilson , N.Y. is named for Pvt. 1st Class Martin F. Jennings who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Martin attended Wilson schools and was working as a carpenter when he entered the U.S. Army in April of 1918. The War ended on Nov. 11, 1918."
Greenwood Veterans' Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 3, 2014
8. Greenwood Veterans' Memorial
"This Memorial Is Dedicated To All the Men & Women That Have Served in our Military Branches Past and Present. For All the War Veterans Marked (+) Died in Service; Marked (G) are Buried in Greenwood Cemetery."
Greenwood Veterans' Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 3, 2014
9. Greenwood Veterans' Memorial
The wall of names.
Greenwood Veterans' Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 3, 2014
10. Greenwood Veterans' Memorial Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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