Thursday, November 15, 2007

Carmen's Memorial

The plaque and stone memorial sit beside the old MBTA headquarters at the Arborway bus yards, along the Arborway and the Casey overpass.

Carmen's Memorial (BPL)

A tablet honoring the 98 members of the Jamaica Plain carbarn who served in the World War. In front of hundreds of Jamaica Plain residents, a new flag was raised, while the 161st Regiment Band played "The Star Spangled Banner."

A service was held in St Thomas church. After prayers and speeches by various dignitaries, colorbearers led the gathering to the carbarn, where the bronze tablet, set in a large boulder, was unveiled. Of the 98 men who served in the war, five gave their lives.

So where is this tablet now? I seem to remember a boulder with a tablet in it at South street and the Arborway. Did it go to the American Legion post? I just don't remember a World War I memorial. I'll have to ask around.

Addendum: Great news! The Boston Public Library is making their photo collection available on Flickr. The photo above is one of the first group online, with more on the way.

Addendum 2: I found the memorial at the old MBTA headquarters while driving through towards Forest Hills - pure luck!

Source: Boston Daily Globe January 26, 1920

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