Private Sam Yurkovich’s memorial, chosen by his family when his
remains were returned home is one of many of this statue that seems
to have been purchased from a regional artist. There are several
more in the area and others have been destroyed in the past 100
years. Another example is pictured in the photo gallery. This is the
best example and the most well maintained of this type of individual
soldiers memorial I have seen
IN HONOR AND MEMORY
OF THOSE WHO SERVED
WORLD WAR, 1914 - 1918
Followed by the names of the 70 soldiers, sailors and marines from Richmond Heights who served in
the World War six of them who Died In Service are noted at the top of the list with a star preceding their name.
DEDICATED MAY 30, 1923
CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF
In recognition of those who served in World War 2 and The Korean War with special emphasis to those “…WHO GAVE THEIR LAST FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION FOR THEIR COUNTY”, an additional plaque was added and dedicated on May 30, 1954. It however does not list the names of those soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen.
Originally Dedicated: 1923
The center grey granite column displays a bronze World War 1 plaque which reads:
THE MEN WHO ENLISTED FROM
IN THE WARS OF OUR COUNTRY
ERECTED BY THE TOWN
1917 WORLD WAR 1918
Followed by the names of the 31 sons of Bath, NH who served in the “World War” including 2
who died in service, noted with a star preceding their name.
Plaques on either side of World War 1 list those who served and those who Made The
Supreme Sacrifice in World War 2 (91), Korea (29) & Vietnam (23). On the back of the
monument are plaques dedicated to those who served and sacrificed their lives in the
Revolutionary War (56), Civil War (124), The War of 1812 (35) and the Mexican War (5).
On this grassy median between the highway and city streets are four gray granite memorial
monuments dedicated to area residents who served in World War 1, World War 2, Korea and
Vietnam. The two center monuments have a bronze plaque on both sides.
The original World War 1 monument was moved to this location, restored, joined by a World
War 2 monument and rededicated on January 1,1949. The original location is thought to have
been at the junction Church St. and State St., next to the Public Library and across the street
from the Post Office, on what was a grassy triangle. See vintage photo in gallery.
Text on the Main St. side of the monument reads:
1917 HONOR ROLL 1919
DEDICATED TO THE
MEN OF NORTHUMBERLAND
WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY IN
THE WORLD WAR
Followed by the names of 4 men “Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice” and 82 men and 1 woman
who served honorably in The War To End All Wars” and returned home.
The text on the West St. side contains the same heading which is followed by the names of 3
men “Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice” and 83 men who served honorably in "The War To End
All Wars” and returned home to Northumberland. A photo of this side can be found in the gallery.
On the Litchfield Green which stretches from the junction of Connecticut Route 202 and West Street to South Street,
spanning Meadow Street and North Street stand many monuments and War Memorials in addition to the World War 1
Memorial Monument which stands prominently in front of the other Memorial Monuments to those who served and
Made The Supreme Sacrifice in World War 2, The Korean War and the Vietnam War. The most prominent War Memorial
on there green is the “Litchfield Soldiers Memorial” monument dedicated to those Litchfield area residents who “,,,gave
their last full measure of devotion…” in the American Civil War.
The World War memorial Monument reads:
IN HONOR OF
THE MEN OF LITCHFIELD
WHO RENDERED SERVICE IN
THE WORLD WAR
1917 - 1918
Followed by the names of 164 men who served in the war and the 3 or 8 among them who “Made The Supreme Sacrifice”
in the defense of freedom. The exact number who died is in question, because it appears the monument has been damaged.
The soldiers list is followed by this attribution:
THISH TABLET IS ERECTED BY THE
TOWN OF LITCHFIELD
IN HONOR OF THE
MEN AND WOMEN
WHO SERVED IN
THE ARMED FORCES
OF THEIR COUNTRY
IN TIME OF WAR
This plaque is on the Main Street side of the monument which is toped by the Gorham
Silversmith’s foundry produced American Eagle with full spread wings. On the other
three sides are Honor Rolls listing those residents who served in the 20th Century wars
of our republic. This monument was dedicated on Memorial Day, Wednesday, May 30th,
WORLD WAR I
1917 - 1918
This plaque lists the names of 143 Lancaster residents who served in the war and the
five Sons of Lancaster who “Made The Supreme Sacrifice” in defense of our liberty.
Those five lost son’s names are followed by a star.
This Monument sits front and center in Lancaster’s Centennial Park, formerly know as
Central Park, this gray granite War Memorial Monument surrounded by Weeks Memorial
Library and the Coos County Superior Court.
World War Bronze Plaque Reads:
ROLL OF HONOR
IN MEMORY OF HER SOLDIERS AND SAILORS
WHO SERVED IN THE WOLD WAR 1914 - 1918
Followed by the names of 118 local residents who served in the Armed Forces and returned
home following the cessation of hostilities and the Treaty of Versailles.
Followed by a list of eight local heroes who died in service to their country defending freedom
To the right of the center granite column which features the original bronze plaques, is a gray
granite column with a similar World War 1 list of those who served and those who died while
in service. This number is 130 which is a difference of 4 between the bronze plaque and the
granite wall. This happens quite often as when the bronze plaque was produced is usually
soon after the war and inadvertently there are very often names left off and some misspelled.
Creator: Raymond Averill Porter, noted Boston sculptor
Monument elements: Concrete base, Milford pink granite shaft and bronze relief panels.
Cost: Funded by the City of Berlin, NH in the amount of $6,720.
Original location name: Grand Trunk Railway station on Mount Forist Street in Depot Square.
On April 29th, 1919, Company L of the 26th Division assembled on last time at this location upon
returning from their service in France, after which they were Honorably Discharged, but not all of
those 1.040 men who left returned home. 34 men Made The Supreme Sacrifice in the service of
their country defending liberty. The names of those who’s served and those that sacrificed appear
here for all to see, remember and thank for what they did. When I see a perfect example of a
community War Memorial I think of the country song, All Gave Some And Some Gave All.