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NYC war memorials

There are more than 270 war plaques, statues and monuments honoring veterans in New York City's parks. We've highlighted just a few of the stunning memorials.

To search the city's entire monuments catalog, visit nycgovparks.org.

American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial

The American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial in Battery Park
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The American Merchant Mariners’ Memorial in Battery Park commemorates the thousands of merchant crews who served since the Revolutionary War. The scene, depicted in bronze, is based on a photograph taken of a merchant marine vessel after it was attacked by a German U-boat during World War II.

Bronx Victory Memorial

The Bronx Victory Memorial in Pelham Bay Park
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The Bronx Victory Memorial in Pelham Bay Park honors the 947 soldiers from the Bronx who lost their lives during World War I. The monument was dedicated in 1933. But years of wear, tear and vandalism left the memorial in disarray. After an extensive cleaning and renovation, it was rededicated on November 11, 2001, marking the 83rd anniversary of the end of WWI.

Bushwick-Ridgewood War Memorial

The Bushwick-Ridgewood War Memorial commemorates the 157 servicemen
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The Bushwick-Ridgewood War Memorial commemorates the 157 servicemen from the neighboring communities who died during World War I. The statue is in Heisser Square, which was named after Charles Heisser, an army sergeant who lived at 297 Grove Street. Heisser was killed in action on September 27, 1918.

Soldiers Monument

The Soldiers Monument in Queens' Calvary Cemetery honors
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The Soldiers Monument in Queens' Calvary Cemetery honors Union soldiers who died in the Civil War. Twenty-one soldiers are buried at the site.

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

At 96-feet high, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument
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At 96-feet high, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Riverside Park is dedicated to New Yorkers who died fighting in the Civil War. The building, which was dedicated in 1902, has significantly deteriorated over the years. The Riverside Park Conservancy estimates repair costs of $5.5 million.

Pleasant Plains Memorial

Local residents raised money for the original Pleasant
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Local residents raised money for the original Pleasant Plains Memorial, which honors the 493 soldiers and sailors from the Fifth Ward of Staten Island who served in World War I. The statue was erected in 1923 in an intersection where it was later damaged by cars. At some point, the statue was removed and put in storage -- then it disappeared. Today's memorial was created to look like the original in the 1990s.

Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Arch

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The Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Arch in Grand Army Plaza is dedicated to "defenders of the Union."

General Grant National Memorial

The General Grant National Memorial -- more commonly
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The General Grant National Memorial -- more commonly known as Grant's Tomb -- is the largest mausoleum in North America. As well as serving as a final resting place for Grant and his wife, it commemorates his military and presidential service. The memorial, located in Riverside Park, is maintained by the National Parks Service.

Father Francis P. Duffy

Located right in the hubbub of Times Square,
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Located right in the hubbub of Times Square, this statue honors Father Duffy, who worked as a priest in the theater district community in the 1920s. Before his time in New York, he served as first lieutenant and military chaplain during World War I. Father Duffy was played by Pat O'Brien in the 1940 film "The Fighting 69th."

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