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Rock of the Marne Monument Rededication Ceremony
July 15, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
On July 15th, join OHA and the Syracuse community as we rededicate the Rock of the Marne Monument in Billings Park 98 years after it was erected (1920) and 100 years after the Second Battle of the Marne (1918). The monument is on the corner of South Salina and East Adams streets.
The ceremony will celebrate the replacement of a once lost plaque, the unveiling of a new plaque which commemorates the 100th anniversary, and a program featuring Sean Kirst, General Quintas 3rd Infantry Division, and Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens.
This free event will also include musical entertainment and refreshments for sale by Gannon’s Ice Cream and Donny’s Dogs.
About the monument: On July 15, 1920, the “Rock of the Marne” monument, created by Roland Hilton Perry was dedicated by men of the 38th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, in Billings Park at South Salina, South Warren and East Adams streets. The unit earned the nickname “Rock of the Marne” because of its resolve to hold its ground at the Second Battle of the Marne River near Paris, France on July 15, 1918 in the face of the last massive German offensive of World War I.
The 38th Infantry Regiment chose to donate the monument to the city because men of that unit were trained at the State Fairgrounds, near Syracuse.