Albany's WWII memorial honors brave men and women in battle

June 07, 2019 08:02 AM

ALBANY - Just a few months after the 9/11 attacks, New York finally dedicated its first and only statewide memorial to World War II. It sits on Madison Ave. right across from the Empire State Plaza, between the NYS Museum and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The World War II Memorial was dedicated 17 years ago, but you might walk right by it - tucked behind some hedges.

The curved granite base has dates, places and battle, plus a stainless steel eagle that was created by Robert Eccleston. The water symbolizes an environment of unrest and agitation with the fountains. Around 1.7 million New Yorkers served our country in WWII. Nearly 62,000 were wounded, more than 27,000 died.

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There are quotes on the one side by General Douglas MacArthur and General Dwight Eisenhower. The designer and architect was William O'Connor III. Governor Pataki made the dedication on May 30, 2002.


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