Patterson in Putnam County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The War Monument
Patterson 200 Years
(World War I)
1917 – 1918
Patterson was still a quiet country town at the beginning of the First World War. Although the State had begun to assume responsibility for the major roads through the area, three-way intersections like this one, more typical of wide turning horse-drawn wagons than automobiles, with triangular islands in the middle were still common. There was electric power in town and some people had telephones, but in many ways Patterson was a typical American small town, isolated from the outside world and especially from the passions and politics of Europe.
It is difficult for us to imagine the impact which the experience of the First World War had on the lives of the men whose names are listed on the south face of this monument and on the lives of their friends and families. Many had left home for the first time to fight in the largest conflict the world had yet seen. Three of them did not return. This monument was erected to all who served and it continues to be the focus of parades and Memorial Day ceremonies to this day.
The American Legion was formed in Paris in 1919 immediately after the end of the war. They adopted a constitution at their convention in St. Louis the same year which stated, among other things, that
A bronze tablet bearing the names of the individuals from town who fought in the Second World War was recently relocated from the former Legion Hall to the north face of the monument.
Location. 41° 30.837′ N, 73° 36.76′ W. Marker is in Patterson, New York, in Putnam County. Marker is at the intersection of New York State Route 311 and Maple Avenue, on the right when traveling west on State Route 311. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Patterson NY 12563, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Patterson Veterans Monument (here, next to this marker); Christ Church (a few steps from this marker); Ludington Graves (within shouting distance of this marker); Maple Avenue Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); District School No. 1 (within shouting distance of this marker); Patterson Grange No. 939 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fellowship Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); The Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Patterson.
Also see . . . Patterson Historic District 2. (Submitted on November 28, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Landmarks • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 28, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 548 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 28, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.