Monument Park, South Plainfield

Eric Reiner

Monument Park is located at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Lakeview Avenue in central South Plainfield. The park consists of several monuments for veterans of foreign wars, the police department and rescue squad, an Assault Cobra Helicopter, an anchor from a naval vessel, an artillery gun from also from a naval vessel, and flags representing the United States as well as all the branches of the military. The park was built to commemorate and recognize those from the community who have served the nation as well as the community itself.

The most surprising and startling thing about Monument Park is the full size assault helicopter that towers over the entire complex. The necessity to have such a large piece in such a small suburban town seems a little over the top. Another surprising item is that though the park has memorials representing the town’s police department and rescue squad, there was nothing in the original plans and the actual park itself to commemorate the firefighters. A new memorial connected to the park by a walking bridge, which is set aside on its own, has been built only to recognize the town’s firefighters.

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is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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