Road to be co-named “Forest Park Memorial Drive”
by Patrick Kearns
Apr 25, 2017 | 3624 views | 0 0 comments | 131 131 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Soldiers from Woodhaven killed in World War I will get a fitting tribute next month when Forest Park Drive is officially co-named “Forest Park Memorial Drive” in a ceremony on May 20 from noon to 2 p.m. at Oak Ridge in Forest Park.

Ed Wendell, president of Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society, has been a staunch advocate for the co-naming.

A few years ago he discovered the trees lining Forest Park Drive were actually planted as a living monument to the 70 Woodhaven residents killed serving their country in the First World War.

“Not only were they planted in the memory of a soldier, they were planted with the idea that for the families it was some place they could go visit,” Wendell said. “The families would go and decorate them, and each of the trees had a name next to it.”

Wendell estimates there are 46 of the original 70 trees still standing.

After building community support, Wendell brought the idea to Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who supported legislation to co-name the road.

“Forest Park Memorial Drive will serve as a reminder of not only WWI veterans, but all of our veterans who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom,” Crowley said.
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