Forest Park Drive in Forest Park was officially co-named “Forest Park Memorial Drive,” in order to honor fallen soldiers from the community.
At the May 18 Woodhaven Residents Block Association meeting, Ed Wendell—president of the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society—said that after World War I, the community planted 70 trees in the name of each soldier that Woodhaven had lost during the war. Families decorate the trees every Memorial Day.
“Those trees weren’t just trees to them,” he said. “That was their living memory to their loved one.”
Wendell said that the trees once had brass plaques, and it was important for families to be able to decorate them every Memorial Day.
“This co-naming continues the tradition in the park of marking and remembering our heroes,” Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) said at Sunday’s co-naming ceremony. “Forest Park Memorial Drive will be a lasting reminder for all who travel through the park of all that was done to protect our freedom.”
Crowley sponsored the co-naming legislation in the City Council.
“This road now has a name that serves as a reminder that it contains several memorials to those who gave their lives in service to our country,” Wendell said at the ceremony on Sunday. “I think it would make their families proud and help future generations keep up the tradition of remembering their sacrifices as well as supporting those young men and women currently in harm’s way.