The day of July 3, 1920, residents in the Town of Winfield gathered in a transformed cow pasture and dedicated a park in memory of those who served in World War I.
Last Saturday, 101 years later, residents of the town gathered in the park again to rededicate the park to those soldiers and sailors.
Town officials, members of the Route 20 Scenic Byway Association, Assemblyman Brian Miller, the West Winfield American Legion and VFW Posts and community members took an hour out of their holiday weekend to remember the idea behind the multi-use park, today much larger than the original tract of land off Route 20. A historical sign donated by the Pomeroy Foundation, which will be set up at the entrance off Main Street once construction of the new bridge allows, will commemorate the park’s history.
Rev. Ken McKenzie of the Federated Church of West Winfield opened the ceremony with a blessing. Walter Will served as master of ceremonies.
Route 20 Association member and Town of Winfield council member Bill Kwasniewski read a statement from the Pomeroy Foundation, which has funded approximately 1,400 historical markers in New York state. The markers educate the public and become a point of pride in the community.
Town of Winfield Historian Steven Davis spoke about the history of the park, which started as the Soldiers and Sailors Park before ....