New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Eternal Light Flagstaﬀ
Madison Square Park
The massive stepped ornamental pedestal, made of Milford pink granite, is inscribed with dedicatory tributes to those who served their country in World War I, and lists also the names of significant battle sites. It was designed by Thomas Hastings (1860-1929), whose architectural firm Carrere and Hastings was responsible for many notable buildings, including the New York Public Library. The lavish decorative bronze cap at the base of the flagstaff includes garlands and rams heads, and was sculpted by Paul Wayland Bartlett (1865-1925). The monument supports a star-shaped luminaire at the top of the pole, which is intended to be lit at all times as an eternal tribute to those who paid the supreme sacrifice.
The monument was dedicated on Armistice Day, November 11, 1923, and each year is the site where the annual Veterans Day parade concludes, and official ceremonies are conducted.
Erected 2001 by City of New York Parks & Recreation.
Location. 40° 44.523′ Touch for map. Marker is located on the east side of Madison Square Park. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10010, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. To Our Heroes (here, next to this marker); William H. Seward (within shouting distance of this marker); Fifth Avenue Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General William Jenkins Worth (within shouting distance of this marker); General Worth Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Madison Avenue Centennial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); David Glasgow Farragut (about 400 feet away); Flatiron Building (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . . Eternal Light Flagstaff. New York City Department of Parks & Recreation website. (Submitted on April 1, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 490 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 1, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.