This past weekend, a bunch of our cub scouts took a walk around Providence. These stops included many places, including a plaque that showed how high the water was during the flood from the Great 1938 Hurricane. Below is some of the other places that our scouts visited.
Roger Williams National Memorial
At Roger Williams National Memorial, our cub scouts learned the history of the founding of Providence and became Junior Rangers. Roger Williams founded Providence as an area that people could come and practice freedom of religion.
Korean War Memorial
Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial
To learn more about the Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial, visit this site.
The World War Monument
The World War Monument was carved from Westerly granite, the base of the shaft and the crowning female figure (variously characterized as a symbol of Victory or Peace).
The platform below the shaft is approached by steps in four directions. The base has four large faces separated by the insignia of the various branches of the service. The faces are inscribed with the city’s dedication of the monument and quotations by Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The lower portion of the column contains a memorial that symbolizes the virtues of Providence’s citizens during the war. Above the memorial are inscribed the names of the major battles of the war in which Rhode Islanders fought. A band of stars surrounds the top of the fluted shaft; together, they represent the stars and stripes. The heroic figure of Peace (or Victory) stands atop the shaft.
Due to a project to relocate the rivers in Providence, the monument was dismantled and stored until it was built in its current location. The new location, only a few hundred feet from the original location, was commissioned as its new home in 1996.
Rhode Island World War II Memorial
The WWII Memorial in Memorial Park is comprised of a rotunda with two walls of veteran’s names. The memorial was was dedicated on Veteran’s Day, 2007. Around the rotunda there is a small wall commemorating how many people each town in Rhode Island sent to war. The language in the memorial revolves mostly around the refusal to forget those who lost their lives.