Lots of Correct Answers in This Week's Then and Now Photo
The photo depicts a World War I monument that was formerly at Starr Street and Nutt Road.
This week's photo wasn't a real stumper. Many of you had it correct but only two knew the new location of the monument, so extra credit goes to John Lorusso and Sandra Zimmermann.
Su Gould, Matt Fink, Mark Chester, Ed Jones, Bob, LocalGirl, Ed Villanova, Donna Bucelli and Lynn Bozzelli were all spot on in guessing that the photo was taken at Starr Street and Nutt Road. It depicts the World War I monument, which has since been moved to Reeves Park.
No one garnered extra-extra credit by knowing the names of the folks pictured. Those names are given below.
Here's the whole story from The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area:
The four-ton stone memorial was placed at the intersection of Starr Street and Nutt Road in 1921 by American Legion Phoenixville Post 482 to honor fallen comrades during the First World War. It sat undisturbed for over 80 years. In 2005 the monument was moved to Reeves Park in advance of the installation of utility boxes for traffic control at the Nutt Road intersection.
Each year the American Legion honors those who gave their lives for our country. This photo was taken on Veterans Day in 1960. Left to right in the photograph is:
- Mrs. Randall Buckwalter (President of the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion, Samuel A. Whitaker, PA Post 482)
- Mrs. Spare (President of the Gold Star Mothers)
- William Eagle (Commander of the American Legion, Samuel A. Whitaker, PA Post 482)
- Andy Hrivnak (Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, PA Post 1564)
- Mrs. Evelyn Thompson (President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW PA Post 1564)
What we know as Veterans Day was originally designated Armistice Day. The date of Nov. 11 commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.
Keep in mind that this Friday is Veterans Day, and VFW Post 1564 will host a church service, ceremony and luncheon honoring those who served. See the flyer attached to this article for more information.