Mountain Lakes Boulder

Joseph Brennan

On Lake Drive Rd. between Oak Ln. and Barton Rd., Mountain Lakes, NJ the Mountain Lakes WWI boulder can be found. Created to honor those who served and died during WWI from a small town in northern New Jersey a boulder with a plaque was placed in a small park.

The plaque makes a “special tribute” to a Joseph P. Bowden who died during the war. I was stunned to find that his name was the only named mentioned. After further investigation I discovered he was the only man from Mountain Lakes to fight and die in the war. Moreover, when the bolder first was revealed his name was not on it and there was no mention of his death.

This monument made me question how many other soldiers have been forgotten over the many wars. Is it so easy for Americans to forget about those who gave their lives for the country during times of need?


About urba0090

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