Wellesley Memorial Grove (MA)

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Information

Title

Wellesley Memorial Grove (MA)

Date

dedicated May 25, 1919

Description

A January 6, 1919, special Town Meeting designated a section of Hunnewell Park to honor the Wellesley residents who served in the Great War. Three hundred and twenty-five trees were planted on May 3, 1919. Six special trees recognized the six residents who lost their lives in the war.

Three weeks later, on May 25, 1919, 4,000 townspeople gathered at Hunnewell Field to express their appreciation to those who served in the war. Wellesley College President Ellen Pendleton read a poem, “Welcome,” written especially for the occasion by Professor Katharine Lee Bates, a Wellesley resident still celebrated today for writing “America the Beautiful.”

The trees were temporarily labeled with the names of Wellesley men who served in the Great War, but permanent markers apparently never were secured.

In 1968, for the fiftieth anniversary of the war, an engraved boulder was placed in the grove. It reads: “In memory of Wellesley servicemen who died in World War I” and lists the names of the six servicemen who perished: Raymond J. Moore; Patrick O’Donahue; Franklin Temple Ingraham; James J. Hickey; James C. Glencross; Texas Burton. It also lists William H. Brainerd, Park Commissioner, 1912-1921.

Many of the trees have died, but Wellesley is restoring the grove and adding a permanent monument in the form of an inscribed bench. The rededication is slated for May 2018.

Source: "Welcome to Memorial Grove" information sign and Jennifer Zarate, "‘World War I memorial: Wellesley’s Greatest Day’ soon to dawn again," Wellesley Wicked Local, Feb. 15 (updated Feb. 17), 2017
http://wellesley.wickedlocal.com/news/20170215/world-war-i-memorial-wellesleys-greatest-day-soon-to-dawn-again

Location

Crosstown Trail, along the Cochituate Aqueduct across Reidy and Hunnewell fields
Wellesley, Norfolk County, Massachusetts