22 May Park Places to Pay Respect this Memorial Day Weekend
Today marks the start of Memorial Day weekend, a time sometimes associated with the start of the summer season. A weekend to celebrate and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us and the United States of America.
Lou Sand, Regional Manager of Riverfront Parks and Special Events has a suggestion on how you should celebrate your Memorial Day weekend:
Memorial Day is a sacred holiday where we honor the ultimate sacrifice made by some of our Veterans. In today’s world of COVID-19 we may not be able to do some of the things we normally have done on Memorial Day. What I would like to offer you is this suggestion, come out to some of the wonderful Veterans Memorials in Cincinnati Parks, like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Eden Park. Visit these Memorials and reflect on the sacrifices made, and honor those sacrifices.
We at Cincinnati Parks hope you have a safe and memorable Memorial Day weekend. Below you’ll find a list of some of our Memorials in various parks. Please do take a trip to pay respect and reflect on our fallen heroes, their sacrifice was for you.
Cincinnati Parks Memorials
3600 Observatory Ave., 45208
WWI Memorial Bench: Created in 1920, the bench’s inscription says, “In memory of the citizens of Hamilton County who gave their lives in the country’s service 1917-1918.”
950 Eden Park Dr., 45202
Frederick W. Galbraith Memorial: Installed in 1923, the memorial is a white granite, semicircular bench with a large central pilaster bearing a bronze bas-relief that honors Colonel Galbraith, a commanding officer of the Ohio National Guard during World War I. Designed by local sculptor Clement Barnhorn, the relief depicts figures from that war: soldiers, a sailor and a nurse, as well as two angels, all grouped on either side of Galbraith, who served as the first National Commander of the newly formed American Legion in 1921.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Two soldiers, one white and one African American, are captured in a pose suggesting their grief and exhaustion – the perils and anguish of war all soldiers face. The bronze figures are atop a pink granite base inscribed with a map of Vietnam.
World War I Memorial Bench: A monument in memory of the service of the Battery F. 136th Field Artillery by the Mothers of those who served 1918 – 1919
501 East 4th St., 45202
Abraham Lincoln: Lytle Park’s heroic bronze portrayal of Abraham Lincoln stands 11 feet in height. Artist George Grey Barnard (1863-1938) was commissioned by the Charles P. Taft family to create the work, which took him five years to complete. The statue was dedicated in 1917 by former U.S. President William Howard Taft, younger half- brother of Charles.
United States Marine Corps Memorial: In honor of the United States Marine Corps and the Marines of Hamilton County who made the supreme sacrifice in the World War.
Memorial Pioneer Cemetery
333 Wilmer Ave., 45226
Memorial Pioneer Cemetery, the oldest in Hamilton County, marks the only restored remnant of the pioneer settlement of Columbia. Dating from 1790, when the Columbia Baptist Church was established on this site, it’s the resting place of Revolutionary and Civil War veterans. In 1937, the cemetery was conveyed to the city by the Cincinnati Baptist Union. The tall Corinthian column came in 1888 from Cincinnati’s old 1856 Post Office building (designed by James Keys Wilson) which was razed. In 1967, Frederick L. Payne began a four year restoration of the cemetery. When Payne retired as Director of Parks in 1987, a Colonial-style garden was created to commemorate his efforts.
100 Garfield Pl., 45202
James Abrams Garfield Monument: At Piatt’s east end is this 1885 bronze-cast monument to the 20th U.S. president, one of six born in Ohio, who was assassinated in 1881. It’s the creation of Cincinnati sculptor Charles Henry Niehaus.
Smale Riverfront Park
West Mehring Way, 45202
Black Brigade Memorial: A memorial to the hundreds of African American volunteers who, in 1862, erected barricades in Northern Kentucky to protect the city during the Civil War.
2221 Oxford Ave., 45230
World War I Memorial: Known as “The Boy and the Book,” this life-size bronze sculpture shows a young man sitting on a tree stump with an open book on his lap. The piece was created by Arturo Ivone and dedicated in 1938 as a World War I memorial.
3220 Colerain Ave., 45225
World War I Memorial: Designed by Chicago artist John Paulding, this war memorial was installed in 1920. An infantry soldier, or doughboy, is depicted in bronze atop a tall granite pedestal as a memorial to the men in Camp Washington community who fought and died in World War I. Doughboy Statue
1230 Elm St., 45202