This Veterans Memorial was a gift to the City from the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department. It commemorates those who served in the Civil War, the Spanish-American War & World War I, and was dedicated on Memorial Day 1926 before a crowd of 300 people. The keynote address was given by Commander Walter E. Decker of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The three full-length figures of soldiers stand atop a tiered granite base. In the center, on the highest level of the base, is a portrait of Henry M. Nevius. He wears a Civil War uniform including a long coat and hat. In his hands, he holds an American flag which is draped over a flagpole.
On his right is a figure of an unknown Spanish-American War soldier. He is dressed in uniform and holds a rifle in his right hand. The butt of the gun rests on the ground. His left hand is held up toward the center figure.
The third figure stands on a pedestal to Nevius' left at the same height as the Spanish-American War figure. This is a portrait of Major Peter P. Rafferty. He wears a World War I uniform and holds the barrel of a rifle in his left hand. The butt of the gun rests on the ground. Nevius & Rafferty were Red Bank veterans.
Three bronze plaques are attached to the front of the monument, each with a bas-relief eagle at the top.
Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information Service (SIRIS) inventory # NJ000611.
Photo courtesy of: Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)