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The Civil War Veterans’ monument in Mount Hope Cemetery was erected in September 1908, and unveiled on September 25 of that year. Statues of two soldiers stand atop a granite base. The older soldier holds a flag. The younger one holds a bugle. The bronze plaque on the base reads “1861 -1865. On Fame’s eternal camping ground/ Their silent tents are spread, /And glory guards with solemn round/ The bivouac of the dead.” The music for the verse completes the plaque. 6/18/18


Edmond Lyons Park., East Rochester. World War II monument. 4/5/17

Periodically, we revisit a theme of the magazine. We’ve written about wars and their connections to Rochester from the Civil War to the Iraq War, the latter in the context of a weekly peace vigil on the corner of East and Goodman.

Saratoga: Turning Point of the Revolutionary War look at the 177 battles of Ticonderoga.

The 180th Anniversary of the Alamo and Trump looks at the Mexican-American War and Donald Trumps’ proposed border wall.

Tinker tells the story of a Civil War reenactment in Henrietta. I brought an illustrated history book and participants posed in various scenes. The pageantry was impressive, although part of me feels reenactments can romanticize war.


Civil War cannon. Pittsford Cemetery. 4/5/17

Monuments is about Spanish-American War monuments and what I learned when writing a dissertation on the Spanish-American War.

Otis is on Rochester’s most decorated soldier and a dubious statue in downtown Rochester.

War is a comprehensive look at World War I monuments and plaques. Cannon looks at the impact of World War I on the Rochester-Italian community. Château-Thierry includes a Centennial Remembrance in Mt. Hope Cemetery. When all was quiet looks at the last day of World War I.

Victor is a recounting of the heroics of a 94 year old World War II veteran. I missed Victor’s recent birthday party at Dunkin’ Donuts but happy to report he is going strong and still driving.  After Parkland remembers Brighton High School’s fallen WWII soldiers.

The monuments of Korea are especially relevant now that the North Korean government is returning the remains of American soldiers.

Five stories are on the trauma and tragedy of Vietnam: Republic, Learning CenterMeditation Veterans and Cambodia

Vigil is about a peace rally begun as a protest to the Iraq War.

Revolutionary War

Saratoga: Turning Point of the Revolutionary War


The word Saratoga is shorthand for two battles that gave the coup de grace to the 1777 British invasion from Canada during the American Revolutionary War.

Mexican American War

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Davy Crockett (center), lifting his famous rifle Betsy, tries to beat off the Mexican troop outside the Alamo on March 6th, 1836. He was one of the 187 men who held the fortified San Antonia mission for 11 days against Santa Anna’s army of 3,000, but finally he and all the other defenders were dead. The painting is by the 19th-century Texan, Robert Onderdunk

Civil War

Bitten by the Civil War bug at the Tinker Homestead Encampment


Recreation of “Rebel Veterans furl the Stars and Bars for the last time before starting for home” from The Golden Book of the Civil War. “Monroe Wildcats” representing the 1st Tennessee Dismounted Cavalry. Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum 8/6/16

Spanish-American War

On Spanish-American War monuments in Rochester. And remembering the Buffalo Soldiers on Veteran’s Day


In vintage Spanish-American uniform, Highland Park. Photo from the Brighton Pittsford-Post 2001. Uniform provided by Lynda Howland from her grandfather.

Filipino-American War

The 118th Otis Day, June 15th, and the War Memorial Eagle

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War Memorial Eagle, downtown Rochester [Photo: Jim Barclay, owned by David Kramer]

World War I

One hundred years ago when America entered the War to End All Wars. And Rochester.

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Edmond Lyons Park., East Rochester. A German WW1 minenwerfer (literally, “mine thrower”) in 7.58cm caliber. 4/5/17

The Austrian cannon is back in Washington Square Park. And some Italian Rochester history.

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January 2018

Rochesterians in World War One and the One Hundredth Anniversary of Château-Thierry

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July 18th, 2018

When all was quiet on the western front on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 1918.

Mt. Hope Cemetery. 11 a.m, 11 November, 2018 [Photo: Dean Tucker]

Mt. Hope Cemetery. 11 a.m, 11 November, 2018 [Photo: Dean Tucker]

World War II

The Bulge, Rochester and gaming at Boldo’s Armory (Part I)


Mayor of the Twelve Corners Dunkin’ Donuts celebrates his 93nd birthday on D-Day. Three days later, Victor Angelo flew a bombing mission over Vienna

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Victor Angelo at the Twelve Corners Dunkin’ Donuts, 7a.m. June 6th, 2017

After Parkland, discovering fallen Brightonians from World War Two


Korean War

Remembering the Korean War in Rochester

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White Haven Memorial Park in Penfield. The shadow is the American flag.

Vietnam War

On the Memorial Day Parade and The Army of the Republic of Viet Nam


Tran (left) and Tri looking at photograph of Reeducation camp from The Tragedy of the Vietnam War: A South Vietnamese Officer’s Analysis (2008) by Van Nguyen Duong

Not letting the Vietnam War be forgotten at the Vietnam Learning Center with Central librarian Steve Nash


In the Science & History Division on the 3rd floor of the downtown Bausch & Lomb Public Library

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial of Greater Rochester: A Meditation on the Cost of War


One of the original creators of the Memorial, Barry Clifford at the September 2016 20th anniversary ceremony.

On Veteran’s Day at Buckland and Highland Parks. And the Moral Equivalent of War


Talker’s foreign correspondent in Cambodia and the plaques in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Highland Park.

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Cambodia and Phenom Penh. From map engraved in stone at The Vietnams Veteran Memorial of Greater Rochester, Highland Park [Photo: David Kramer 12/2/18]

The Second Iraq War

The long vigil for peace on the corner of East and Goodman


Julie Everitt and Carol Kramer, Washington D.C., 2003