OSWEGO – Mark Slosek, Oswego City Historian, and a group of other volunteers is working on a project to commemorate World War I. Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the War to End All Wars.
The grassroots group recently presented its plan to members of the Common Council and received a favorable recommendation.
“Want to clean up the parks – Franklin Square (West Park) has a monument to World War I, we want to do some freshening up there,” Slosek told the councilors. “We want to so some things in the American Legion Park as well as other sites.”
They will be working with veterans’ groups, historians, clergy and others around the county.
“Basically, the committee is proposing to compile the military records and personal histories of Oswego County and Oswego City residents who participated in World War I, identifying casualties and burial sites,” he told Oswego County Today.
Dan Allen has been doing online research for about a year and has collected records “on nearly a thousand individuals, “ he added
The group will work with the city Veterans’ Council, the Oswego American Legion and the Oswego Department of Works to refresh and improve the World War I monuments and landscaping. This includes: Washington Square, Veterans’ Park, American Legion Park and Oak hill Park.
They will work with local and county veterans’ groups to identify World War I veterans’ graves and mark them with a “poppy” as well as the traditional flag on Memorial Day 2018.
November 11, 2018, is a Sunday.
“We’ll work with our clergy through our local historians to encourage them to give “Promise of Peace” sermons” on Armistice Day, Sunday November 11, 2018,” he said.
Also, local historians will encourage community “Bells To Ring” precisely at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month of 2018 to remember and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of “The World War.”
“We hope this will help people remember and help our youth remember what an important event World War I was,” Slosek said.