Eternal Light Flagstaff

Eternal Light Flagstaff (HMRPK)

Location: New York, NY 10010 New York County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 44.523', W 73° 59.324'

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This monumental flagstaff honors those victorious forces of the United States Army and Navy who were officially received at this site following the armistice and the conclusion of World War I. The monument was commissioned by Rodman Wanamaker at the cost of $25,000.

The massive stepped ornamental pedestal, made of Milford pink granite, is inscribed with dedicatory tributes to those who served their country in World War I, and lists also the names of significant battle sites. It was designed by Thomas Hastings (1860-1929), whose architectural firm Carrere and Hastings was responsible for many notable buildings, including the New York Public Library. The lavish decorative bronze cap at the base of the flagstaff includes garlands and rams heads, and was sculpted by Paul Wayland Bartlett (1865-1925). The monument supports a star-shaped luminaire at the top of the pole, which is intended to be lit at all times as an eternal tribute to those who paid the supreme sacrifice.

The monument was dedicated on Armistice Day, November 11, 1923, and each year is the site where the annual Veterans Day parade concludes, and official ceremonies are conducted.
Year Placed2001
Placed ByCity of New York Parks & Recreation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 1:33am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 585380 N 4510614
Decimal Degrees40.74205000, -73.98873333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 44.523', W 73° 59.324'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 44' 31.38" N, 73° 59' 19.44" W
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Area Code(s)212, 347, 646, 914, 917,
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 952 Broadway, New York NY 10010, US
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