107th Infantry Memorial

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The memorial in 2008

107th Infantry Memorial is an outdoor bronze sculpture and memorial by sculptor Karl Illava. The base sits upon a 25-foot wide stepped granite; designed by architects Rogers and Haneman. It is located at the intersection of East 67th Street at Fifth Avenue in Central Park, in Manhattan, New York, it depects a group of seven men with various roles during the fighting in World War I. It was donated by the Seventh Regiment New York 107th United States Infantry Memorial Committee. [1] C.I. De Bevoice was the head of the fund raising for the Memorial Committee, he was the Colonel in charge of the 107th Infantry in 1917.[2]

Inscription[edit]

There is an inscription on the monument, it states "SEVENTH REGIMENT NEW YORK / ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTH UNITED INFANTRY / 1917 IN MEMORIAM 1918".(Inscription all in capital letters)

Dedication[edit]

The memorial at night

Over 5,000 people [3] attended the dedication of the monument on September 29, 1927, on the 9th anniversary of the Battle of St. Quentin Canal, an attack on the Hindenburg Line.[4] Speakers included Colonel Hanford MacNider, the Assistant Secretary of War, New York State Senator William T. Byrne, Major General John F. O'Ryan, and General Alexander S. Diven.[4] The presentation address was by Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Engel of the 107th,[4] the sons of two fallen members of the 107th, Captain Clinton E. Fisk of Company D and Captain Fancher Nicoll of Company L., unveiled the monument.[4]

When it was unveiled, many people speculated that the lead soldier was modeled after boxer Gene Tunney, but "[o]fficers of the regiment denied this, saying the sculptor merely had striven to emphasize the characteristic expression of the typical soldier in action"[3] and the sculptor said the figure was based on advertising executive Paul Cornell.[5]

Remembrance Ceremonies[edit]

On Armistice Day 1927. the 107th Infantry Post of the American Legion held a religious service and Rev. Peter E. Hoey placed a floral wreath at the memorial to pay tribute to the war dead.[6]

In October 1973, The Commanding officer, Sir Gregor MacGregor of the Scots Guards, held a wreath laying ceremony at the statue to commemorate the units World War I service with the British Army.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Central Park: 107th Infantry Memorial". New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ New York Times, December 11 1958, Page 13
  3. ^ a b "Memorial Unveiled for 7th Regiment". The New York Times. 1927-09-30. Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  4. ^ a b c d Unveiling 7th - 107th war memorial, Fifth Avenue and 66th Street, New York City, September 29th, 1927, ninth anniversary of the battle of the Hinderburg line. 1927. 
  5. ^ Miller, Tom (2015). Seeking New York. Pimpernel Press. p. 218. ISBN 978-1-9102-5800-2. 
  6. ^ "City to Pay Tribute to War Dead Today", New York Times, November 11 1927, Page 25
  7. ^ "Scots Seek Kinship and Commerce", New York Times, October 23 1973

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Coordinates: 40°46′09″N 73°58′10″W / 40.76927°N 73.96937°W / 40.76927; -73.96937