Veteran Marker Returns to Memorial Circle

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A missing Veteran’s marker at Memorial Circle is back home. Ahead of Memorial Day, Maureen Walsh, one of the Friends of Memorial Circle, noticed that the concrete marker dedicated to Leonard Kram, who died serving with the U.S. Navy in World War II, was missing. Last week, ahead of Veterans Day, Walsh was happy to report the marker was finally found and was put back in its rightful place.

Walsh said she spent several months asking the NYC Parks Department if they had misplaced the marker after she noticed it was missing. Recently, as Parks was readying to replace a tree at Memorial Circle on Rockaway Beach Blvd., she asked again. Parks insisted they didn’t have it. But while consulting with Parks’ Monuments department, Walsh learned that Monuments did indeed have the marker that was missing from earlier this year. Walsh was relieved to find it was never stolen but was frustrated by the Parks Department’s lack of effort to look hard enough. “It was with Parks all along. It’s like the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing,” she said.

The day before Veterans Day, Kram’s marker was installed back under his tree.

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