Hero Park honors the 144 Staten Island soldiers who died in World War I. The streets that surround it are Victory Boulevard, Louis Street, and Howard Avenue. There are large evergreen trees, dedicated to each veteran that decorate the park. Plaques with each soldier’s name once adorned Sugar Loaf Rock.
There was also a tablet which explained the dedications. The tablet proclaimed: “This Granite Boulder Left Here During the Glacial Period Has Been Known for Generations as SUGAR LOAF ROCK and Marks the Boyhood Playground of the Men Whose Gallant Deeds it Now Commemorates.” After the signs began to disappear in the 1970s, the remaining signs were removed to avoid further vandalism.
Dr. and Mrs. Louis A. Dreyfus donated the original 1.924 acres of the property to the city in 1920. A community group called the “Friends of Hero Park”, now collects financial contributions in order to help maintain the grounds and also plans events for the park. The flagpole, trees and Sugar Loaf Rock continue to remind park users of the heroic deeds of the Staten Island soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
How are soldiers recognized for their service and sacrifice?
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Describe the memorial in the photograph and explain its purpose.