..City Plaques and Tablets
WORLD WAR I
NOTE: I have found three Memorial plaques in Hackensack honoring those who died while in service during World War I. One is at the Library which has names listed in Alphabetical order and was donated by the Women's Patriotic league. The second one is at the Hudson Street cemetery dedicated by the veterans of Post 55 Harry B. Doremus, along with men who died during the wars that followed on a stone monument. The names are listed in Alphabetical order also. The last plaque is at City Hall on the stair way leading to the upper floors. This plaque is not in Alphabetical order.
The people of Hackensack also planted trees at Foschini Park with a plaque mounted on a cement stone which are still there today along with the trees. I had walked by those trees and plaques my whole young life playing baseball at every level at that park and never knowing those plaques were there until this August 20, 2009 when Mr. Dibb the City manager told me they were and I went and saw them. It was very moving because I new what had happened to every man but one. One of these men, Walter Brown, is not listed on any of the three Plaques in Hackensack of the men who died while in service during WWI yet the River Edge American Legion Post is named in his honor he was an aid to Captain Doremus and his name is on the tree dedication stones at Foschini Park . Also not all the names on the plaques in town are part of the tree dedication in Foschini Park . Strange how things like this shake out always leads to more questions. Are the Families that participated in the tree dedication more connected to Hackensack ? Why is Walter Brown not on any plaque? Which plaque was first? Were any of them moved from City Hall when it was built well after World War I? When did the VFW dedicate the one at the cemetery? Why is the one at City Hall out of Alphabetical order? Are any other names missing and why are they missed? Why are some names put on when there connection to the City was not one of having grown up in the area? Questions always questions?
Below is a copy of the article which was written on November 5, 1918, six days before wars end on November 11, 1918, telling of the City appropriating money for a bronze plaque to be erected at the Commission Building .
After this article I have listed in Alphabetical order the names which are on the two plaques, one at the library and the other at the Hudson Street Cemetery . I also list the names out of order like they are written on the plaque at City Hall, and last I have listed the names of the man who were paid tribute by the planting of the trees at Foschini Park.
BAMBUS, FRANK M.
“WE SHALL FIGHT FOR THE THINGS WHICH WE HAVE ALWAYS CARRIED NEAREST OUR HEARTS;
TO SUCH A TASK WE DEDICATE OUR LIVES.”
NOTE: This is basically the way the plaque appears at the Hackensack Public Library. This is also how the names are listed, without the statements top and bottom at the Hudson Street Cemetery.