This project began with a simple request by a family from Texas which was seeking information about a relative that they thought may have been honored with a dedicated veterans square in Salem. After coordinating with local veteran agents, the response prompted a moderated sized mapping project by our GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and Mapping Department . The initial plan was to map all veterans squares in Essex County. Subsequently, the project expanded to include all veterans monuments and memorials, which are abundant and significant public displays of gratitude.
The research determined that Essex County has significant "Bragging Rights" when it comes to her military history. She lays claim to being the birthplace of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Guard of the United States.
Veterans Memorials of Essex County website is fitting tribute to all its citizens who have served in the armed forces of the United States. It will maintain information regarding honored veterans which tends to fade away into history. School children will learn about hometown patriots who fought for our freedoms. They will be encouraged to develop biographical sketches about veterans in their community and that data will be added to this website.
All are welcome to this site and are invited to offer information regarding honored veterans memorials included or inadvertently missing from this list.
This project would not have been possible without the support of the Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin and the assistance provided by the Massachusetts Archives and the Massachusetts Historical Commission.