A recent Conway Daily Sun article reported on the contributions of the Mountain Valley Garden Club, Home Depot Associates, and a crew of vets from the American Legion installing five memorial benches and a flower garden at the North Conway Community Center.
The article explains that “Each bench represents a different branch of the service: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, with a plaque on each.” This project is only the most recent in a long tradition of using the landscape to share memory. Throughout the area, there are many memorial benches, flagpoles, sidewalks, roads, walls, watering troughs and even commemorative mountains, rocks, and trees honoring our heritage.
Did you know that there is a “Liberty Tree” planted in Conway, one of 500 “Liberty Trees” planted in New England as a Bicentennial Momento in 1976.
One of our ongoing projects involve researching, mapping and documenting our landscape of memorial. Without the story behind the name on the marker, the memorial becomes meaningless. If you have any information on any of these monuments, please comment us as we work on this project, Thanks!