WWI Memorial Park - Metuchen

WWI Memorial Park - Metuchenloupe
Metuchen Memorial Park, Lake Avenue

Metuchen's triangular Memorial Park was established shortly after World War I to honor the local residents who fought in the war.  Today, it has been refurbished, and commemorations placed for those who fought in subsequent wars as well. 

The original park contained a center monument and flag pole surrounded by a circular hedge.  On the base of the flag pole were affixed three bronze plaques - the center dedication flanked by the alphabetical Honor Roll of local WWI soldiers (see vintage photo). 

Today, the park consists of a grove of trees, each honoring local soldiers from all 20th century wars, planted where the flag pole once stood.  The bronze plaque honor roll has been mounted on an angled concrete base set at a 45-degree angle.  Two square, flanking gateposts of rusticated concrete blocks with a concrete slab form the entrance to the arbor grove behind the honor roll. 

Vintage photo courtesy of:  New Jersey State Archives
Photo of bronze plaque triptych courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office
Photo Credits:  Sheena Chi