Manchester New Hampshire’s VETERANS PARK is located at Elm and Merrimack Streets. Originally named Park Square, it was called Merrimack Park in 1859 and was the scene of a fireman’s muster. At that time the square contained an artificial pond that was supplied water via a culvert from “Mile Brook” on Oak Hill (the pond was later filled in). It was also known as Merrimack Common and Merrimack Square. In 1879 when a Civil War monument was finalized, the area was often called Monument Square. Continue reading
On December 16, 1947, the city of Manchester’s Mayor and Board of Alderman approved
an ordinance: “That the square located where Amory Street, Montgomery Street and Bartlett Street intersects, be officially designated… as Joseph H.W. Roux Square.” The memorial plaque sits on the NW corner of Bartlett and Amory Streets, and reads: S/SGT. JOSEPH ROUX AAF. BORN JULY 30, 1921. DIED SEPTEMBER 8, 1943. GERMANY.
Military Squares were added by the City of Manchester, New Hampshire to honor its heroes from various wars. Several ordinances to create new squares were passed on 16 December 1947 and signed by Mayor Joseph T. Benoit. One in particular as follows: — “That the square located where Union Street, Willow Street, Shasta Street, and Baker Street intersects, be officially designated… as “Roland A. Metivier Square.” The sign reads: S/Sgt. ROLAND A. METIVIER, AAF. BORN MARCH 18, 1919. DIED JUNE 20, 1943. OVER NORTH ATLANTIC. Continue reading
The ordinance approved 20 February 1945 proclaims: “That the square located in West
Manchester, where South Main, Boynton, and Woodbury Streets intersects, be officially designated … as “Francis P. Lally Square.” The document was signed by Mayor Josaphat T. Benoit, and a sign was duly prepared and erected with ceremony.
The plaque officially reads: “Francis P. Lally S.K.2/c U.S.N.. Escort Carrier Liscombe Bay. Born Aug 26, 1919. Died Nov. 24, 1943. Off Gilbert Islands.”
A plaque near the Queen City Bridge, on the SW corner of Second & West Hancock Streets, in Manchester, New Hampshire reads: “COL. GERALD R. HELMICH. Born November 17, 1931. MIA November 12, 1969. Vietnam Pilot USAF. ” On Memorial Day 1999, the city of Manchester erected a memorial plaque to Colonel Helmich.
Many pass by the marker, probably wondering about Colonel Hemlich. His story is long overdue. It is mostly due to a friend, Donn R. Inglis, that we remember “Jerry” today in this way.