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A special look at war memorials in NYC

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Veterans Day is here.

As we honor those who have served our armed services, there are some special memorials dedicated to veterans right in our own backyard.

Cal Snyder a historian who specializes in New York war memorials says all of our memorials seek to capture something essential about the American character.

The American Merchant Mariners Memorial, located in Battery Park, Lower Manhattan, consists of a sculpture based on a photograph taken as mariners were holding on to their sinking vessel during WWII.

It shows an actual scene on a torpedoed ship, on a life raft signaling for help, with one man overboard in the water and the others helping him.

Then across Battery Park is the New York Korean War Veterans Memorial.

At the center is a 15 foot black granite sculpture called ‘the universal soldier.’ In the base of the sculpture are the flags of the nations that served in the Korean War.

In the southern end of Battery Park is the East Coast Memorial with a bronze sculpture of an eagle laying a crest at sea and several pieces of stone with the names of thousands of Americans who died during WWII.

“All that remains are these etches in stone and this image of the harbor and the statue of liberty,” Snyder said. “Which were the last things upon their eyes rested before they sailed to sea and met their fate. A thing worth remembering on any day, but especially this day."

Battery Park's memorials are a way to take in the New York scenery as we remember the lives of veterans who fought and died for our country.

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