MEMORIAL LANE: Memorial Gore

The monument to community members who fought in WWI and lost their lives at Memorial Gore

This small park is a memorial to soldiers from the community who died in World War I.  The centerpiece was sculpted by the Piccirilli Brothers, who also sculpted the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.  The names of those who gave their lives are carved on the walls of the fifteen-foot triangular obelisk, which is topped by a marble ball and eagle.

“Gore” refers to a small triangular park, which can also be called a “vest pocket park.”  This usage is thought to originate in the world of fabrics, where a gore is a triangular piece of material used in making a garment, sail, or umbrella.

In recent years St. Nicks Alliance has organized a memorial ceremony at the park on Armistice Day with local scouts, Divine Mercy Parish, and the Concerned Citizens of Withers Street.

Fun Fact:  In 2011 a local electro-pop band called Memorial Gore released a six track EP which can be heard on Spotify.

Author: The Greenline

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