Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Forest Park's memorial trees rediscovered and rededicated


"The story of the Memorial Trees in Woodhaven. With music from musopen.org, royalty-free music. "Bullets and Bayonets" and "Comrades of the Legion" by John Philip Sousa. Special thanks to American legion Post 118; the Ladies Auxiliary; Junior Air Force ROTC of Franklin K. Lane Campus under the leadership of Air Force Master Sgt. Eddie Carr and Army Reserve Sgt. David Valentin; the St. Thomas the Apostle Woodhaven History Club led by teacher Patty Eggers; the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society; with special thanks to Allan Smith, Edwin Gardiner, Jr., CM Elizabeth Crowley, CM Eric Ulrich, Assemblyman Mike Miller, Senator Joe Addabbo, Pam & Walter Steffens, The Avenue Diner (Woodhaven), The Woodhaven Athletic Club, the NYC Parks Department, The Forest Park Administration at Oak Ridge and the Leader-Observer. Photos and video by Josephine Wendell."

(I apologize for not posting this yesterday. - QC)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well done job with the video!

georgetheatheist said...

"History is a good thing for kids. When you pass on things from generation to generation, I think it's a very thoughtful thing to do." - Queens Borough President Melinda Katz

Historical consciousness at the fore. Bravo to this our youth.

Now onto the Steinway Mansion matter.

Richard Iritano said...

Dear Queens Borough President Melinda Katz: Your words above speak of great tradition and comfort, with regard to passing on "...things from generation to generation..." and how you think that "...it's a very thoughtful thing to do," regarding Forest Park's memorial trees that were recently rediscovered and rededicated.

Now, here is another thoughtful tradition that has every urgent potential to be passed on to the next generation of kids, parents and society at large: Bring back 'Triumph of Civic Virtue' to its prominent perch on Queens Boulevard, at Kew Gardens Plaza---and guarantee its formerly evicted return to a working fountain base that is repaired, preserved and conserved, that would likewise symbolize new life (with a likewise return of the flowing water works), freedom and democracy for the voting, taxpaying residents of Queens, who've already, resoundingly voiced that they want their statue back.

Further, in ordering Civic Virtue's return, that would also show leadership in action (and a reversal of the previous administration's defiant actions that betrayed public trust and integrity), that rightfully demands your undivided attention to listen to and obey the very constituents to whom you purportedly serve.

Now, that would be a most welcome (and urgently needed) tradition that my organization and I, Civic Virtue Task Force, look forward to celebrating, with great, virtuous pride and civic achievement, throughout the annals of generational history!

Thank you for your time and attention on this matter. We look forward to your reply.

Anonymous said...

I took a walk in the park yesterday and took my own photo of the ribbons on the trees to share, not knowing what they really meant. This morning I found this article so I shared both with my husband. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This is great news!

Anonymous said...

Hoo-RAH!!! Great job everyone, thanks!!!