Bowsprite

east marion post office war memorial

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2015/10/09

emarionpostofficeIn March of 1946, several war veterans living in East Marion wanted a memorial to honor the memory of their fallen neighbors.

They decided to create the only War Memorial Post Office in the United States.

A piece of land was purchased in April (for $1500), they went from door to door to raise the funds to erect a building, and after a year, many volunteer hours and $7000 later, a memorial building was built.

There is a metal plaque for veterans of “the World War,” 1917 – 1919.

Another for WWII, 1941 – 1945 (with Merchant Marines listed as well.)

Another reads: “In honor of the citizen of East Marion who served their country in the Korean War, June 27, 1950 – Jan 31, 1955…and in the Viet-Nam War, Aug. 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975…”

In May of 1999, Congress officially recognized and re-dedicated this little post office to war veterans.

The room is small. Antique mail boxes cover two whole walls. Here is my mailbox:box52mailbox

I have moved from NYHarbor, and now live in East Marion, the North Fork of Long Island, NY.

I bike to Greenport and Orient for boats and ferries. I can swim in the Sound (water temperature 60°F / 15.5°c now, a bit warmer in the bay.) And I pick up my mail from the East Marion Post Office War Memorial.

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On a framed official document from the Senate is this poignant line:

“WHEREAS, When the plaque was placed inside the Post Office, and when the dedication took place 50 years ago, no one could imagine another plaque being placed beside it for the East Marion men and women who would fight in Korea and then in Vietnam; we can only hope that we do not have to create another plaque to place beside them;…”

Janis and Jimi might agree.

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  1. Frank@prairiewood said, on 2015/10/10 at 07:24

    congtatulations on your move! I love the region, a great place to live. Check out the farmers at Charnews (peconic land trust).

  2. mageb said, on 2015/10/10 at 11:06

    An official notice. How delightful a spot this must be. From Ocean Beach California, I send hugs and hope that the move when well while your inks and paper survived even better.

  3. mageb said, on 2015/10/11 at 12:00

    Will we have more blog posts she asks eagerly?

  4. o docker said, on 2015/10/11 at 16:56

    We’re always staring history too close in the face to recognize her more significant moments, but tomorrow’s documentaries must surely dub this the beginning of ‘the East Marion period’.

    Will they also note it as the first eastward step in the eventual emigration to La Belle France?

  5. tugster said, on 2015/10/11 at 17:57

    On the road to EM, I noticed a sign pointing east with the simple word “Orient.” Might you be looking farther east than La Belle France?

  6. Rembert said, on 2015/10/12 at 04:41

    What a wonderful and in its modesty impressive reminder, that those have died for life.

    Here a not so beautiful (and unfortunately not untypical) german war memorial. From the chapter “Learnt nothing”. https://linksunten.indymedia.org/image/119256.jpg. Anyone who saw that, must have foreseen the sequel.

    To be fair, these chunks with their very individual esthetic are from the period between WW I and II. And they don´t stand around without objection, as one can see.


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