Manchester NH World War II Memorial
On the 8 sides: Front: World War II Veterans Memorial A Promise Fulfilled. Side 2 Victory Side 3 Country Side 4 Liberty Side 5 WWII Veterans Memorial Manchester NH Side 6 Loyalty Side 7 Honor We dedicate our Manchester World War II Veteran's Memorial to honor the men and women from Manchester who served their country in the armed services during World War II God bless them and God bless America Memorial dedicated on Sunday August 23, 2009. Side 8 Valor.
As mentioned, there is also a smaller marker that has this inscription:
You stand before a promise fulfilled. Back on Sept. 17, 1944, more than 15,000 people gathered here on the Merrimack Common as the city of Manchester unveiled an honor roll, a monument to recognize the men and women from the queen city who were serving in World War II.
"I accept with pleasure and pride, this very elegant and original, though temporary honor roll," said Mayor Josaphat T. Benoit.
It was temporary, but it was elegant nonetheless. A 12-foot hexagonal design on a concrete foundation, with weather-proof plywood panels covered with glass
There were 8,517 names on the honor roll that first day.
As the war raged on, there were more and more names added to the monument, which was a magnet for friends, family members and just plain passers-by. As more and more men and women from Manchester joined the armed forces, more and more names were added to the honor roll.
As the names multiplied, so did the challenges that confronted the honor roll. Indifference and the elements conspired against the wooden monument, which fell into disrepair, and in 1958,the honor roll was dismantled and destroyed.
Now more that half a century later, a dedicated group of volunteers has recreated that honor roll, a permanent one, at what we know today as Veterans Park.
The people of Manchester made a promise to those who went off to serve during World War II. It was a promise to remember their courage and their sacrifice. You stand before a promise fulfilled.
John Clayton Author/Columnist
Erected 2009 by City of Manchester NH.
Location. 42° 59.301′ N, 71° 27.749′ W. Marker is in Manchester, New Hampshire, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on Elm Street, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 899 Elm Street, Manchester NH 03103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Regarding Manchester NH World War II Memorial. I did some research, and Manchester's population between 1940 and 1945 was around 78 to 80 Thousand. That is quite a large percentage of volunteers from the city!
Categories. • War, World II •
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