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Interpreting the Evidence

Hero Park Monument

  • Documents in this Activity:
  • Historical Eras:

    Turn of the Century and WWI (1890 - 1930)

  • Thinking Skill:

    Historical Analysis & Interpretation

  • Grade Level:

    Lower Elementary
    Upper Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
    College University

  • Topics:

    World War I

  • Primary Source Types:


  • Regions:

    New York City
    New York State
    United States

  • Creator:

    NYS Archives Partnership Trust Education Team

  1. Load Hero Park Monument, Staten Island, c. 1919 in Main Image Viewer

Suggested Teaching Instructions

Document Description
Photograph of a large rock monument in Hero Park: "This Hero Park and memorial is lovingly dedicated to the memory of the splendid sons of Staten Island who so nobly gave their lives in the World War 1917-1919."
Historical Context
This memorial honors the 144 Staten Island soldiers who died in World War I.  City park memorials serve as permanent reminders, as well as landscape art, of the steep price that our military has made for the preservation of our nation’s security and freedoms.  These memorials remind us of the people and the events that have helped shape our common history.  Many of these memorials have symbolic value and a commemorative purpose.  They serve to connect a community and hopefully cause its citizens to reflect on their meaning and the sacrifices made.  War memorials are often not sponsored by the government, but instead created by citizen’s initiative and commissioned through private contributions.
Many war memorials and monuments honor events that took place elsewhere.  It is on Memorial Day and Veterans Day that we pause to reflect on our war memorials and to think about the deeper meaning that they convey.
Essential Question
How are soldiers recognized for their service and sacrifice?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and explain its purpose.
Historical Challenges
Research and formulate a list and descriptions of local war memorials in your area.
Interdisciplinary Connections
Art: Create a clay model of a World War I memorial of your own design.
Science: Make a list of the materials used to make this war memorial.