Lynbrook World War Memorial (NY)

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Information

Title

Lynbrook World War Memorial (NY)

Date

dedicated October 12, 1921;
damaged June 6, 1924;
restored and rededicated November 24, 1924;
moved to library grounds 1936;
moved to Saperstein Plaza unknown

Description

Lynbrook’s Militia Unit, Company B, 23rd Regiment of the New York National Guard spearheaded the effort to erect the Lynbrook (Long Island) World War I Memorial. Built through public subscription, at a cost of $5,000, it was dedicated by General John F. O'Ryan on Presidents’ Day, Oct. 12, 1921.

The stone doughboy, which stands atop a tall, engraved granite base, was originally placed on the corner of Merrick Road and Blake Avenue, where an Esso gas station operated. In 1924, a car hit the memorial and knocked the statue off, breaking it. The veterans again led fundraising for its restoration, which cost $2,200.

A plaque beneath the pedestal of the statue reads, “Destroyed by a motorist June 6, 1924, reconstructed by popular subscription of the people of Lynbrook under the direction of ex-members of the above militia unit Nov. 24, 1924.”

Because of traffic hazards, the memorial was moved to the public library grounds in 1936. It was later relocated (date unknown) to its current location at Saperstein Plaza, across from the Long Island Railroad Station. Plaques listing the Lynbrook dead from later wars have been added to the base and sides.

Source: Steve Grogan, "A Look Back: Lynbrook’s ‘civil war’ over the Doughboy Monument," LIHerald.com, posted January 18, 2018
http://www.liherald.com/stories/lynbrooks-civil-war-over-the-doughboy-monument,99327

Location

Saperstein Plaza
Lynbrook, Nassau County, New York

Contributing Institution

Stuart Lutz