“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Orland in Glenn County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Orland’s Cannons

Orland’s Cannons Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gene Russell
1. Orland’s Cannons Marker
This 57 mm anti-tank gun M1 was one of 16,000 built between 1941 and 1944 for the U.S. Army. Pulled by an armored half-track, the M1 weapon used armor-piercing ammunition and was widely used in the European theater of operations. It was considered obsolescent by the end of World War II.
Orland’s first artillery piece was a 24-inch cannon used in France during World War I and given to the town of Orland by the War Department, summer 1921. Placed on display at Library Park, the big gun was a reminder of the heroism (that went into) winning the war. The cannon was donated to a WWII American Legion scrap metal drive and left Orland September 1942.

Orland Remembers

Local veteran organizations and the community of Orland have a long proud tradition of remembering and honoring local as well as unknown and unidentifiable American servicemen.
The dedication of Orland's World War I cannon at Library Park took place on November 1, 1921, the same day the Unknown Soldier of World War I was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
The "Memorial Hall Cannon", a 57 mm
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anti-tank weapon, was moved into its present position in the late 1940's. A large granite block was placed in front of the cannon to honor all U.S. unknown soldiers and dedicated November 11, 1948.
The Orland cannons were dedicated to peaceful service and are reminders of the sacrifices made by patriotic and valiant area servicemen and women. Their contributions to America must never be forgotten.

Service Above Self

The Rotary Club of Orland refurbished this monument in February, 2005, and has developed an “Unknown Soldier Grove” as a tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice of service. The theme echos Rotary's 100 year commitment of community service. This centennial project recognizes Rotary's contributions since February 23, 1905.

In memory of the Unknown Soldier of all wars.
Erected 1948 by V.F.W. Post 1992, and American Legion Post 141.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryWar, World I. In addition, it is included in the Rotary International series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 1, 1921.
Location. 39° 45.081′ N, 122° 11.601′ W. Marker is in Orland, California, in Glenn County. Memorial is at the intersection of 4th Street and
Orland’s Cannons Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gene Russell
2. Orland’s Cannons Marker
Shasta Street, on the right when traveling north on 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 327 4th St, Orland CA 95963, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Papst Flour Mill Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Swift Adobe (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pioneer Homesite (approx. 7.9 miles away); William Semple Green (approx. 7.9 miles away); Simpson Bridge Memorial (approx. 8.7 miles away); Gianella Bridge (approx. 10.7 miles away); William B. Ide’s Public Service (approx. 11.3 miles away); Maywood Woman's Clubhouse (approx. 12.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orland.
Orland’s Cannons Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gene Russell
3. Orland’s Cannons Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 14, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.

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Mar. 5, 2024