Vets Monuments, Flight 587 Memorial To Be Preserved
After several previous visits in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Citywide Monuments Conservation Program (CMCP) is now dedicating its field team to start preservation work on several military monuments in the Rockaways, as well as the Flight 587 Memorial.
CMCP is aiming to get started prior to Veterans Day, November 11th, and the anniversary of the Flight 587 crash, November 12th.
At Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 94th Street the peninsula’s oldest sculpture, a pensive bronze effigy of a World War I infantryman, honors the 17 servicemen from the local community who made the “supreme sacrifice” during World War I.
Dating to 1927, The Doughboy, as he is known, was crafted by Joseph Pollia, with its pedestal designed by William Van Alen, architect of the famous Chrysler Building. ‘Doughboy’ was a popular term for infantry soldiers before and during WWI.
Facing this sculpture is the Rockaway Women’s Veterans Monument, a bronze statue of a female soldier dressed in military fatigues, created by artist Eileen Barry.
Its dedication plate reads “September 24, 1989 / In Grateful Recognition Of All / Those Women Who Served Their / Country In Time Of Conflict / Throughout Our Country’s / Glorious History.” / “For God And Country.”
Sometimes known as ‘the doughgirl,’ it is recognized as one of the first statues to honor American women’s service in war.
Freddy Rodriquez’s Flight 587 Memorial, composed of a curved perforated granite wall and remembrance plaza, honors those whose lives were taken in a plane crash nearby on November 12, 2001.
At Belle Harbor Memorial Circle, at Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 120th and Beach 121st streets, numerous bronze markers honor local war heroes.
The work in the Rockaways will consist of cleaning, recoating bronze statuary and markers, as well as other mediation.
Founded in 1997, CMCP is a public/private partnership that provides hands-on training to advanced conservation students among the nation’s leading collection of public art. The CMCP is dedicated to the care of more than 750 monuments citywide.