Seminole County World War I Memorial

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Title

Seminole County World War I Memorial

Alternative Title

Soldiers' Monument of 1919

Subject

Sanford (Fla.)
Seminole County (Fla.)
Memorials--Florida
Veterans--Florida
World War I, 1914-1918
Monuments--Southern States
United States. Navy
Navy
United States. Army
Army

Description

The Seminole County World War I Memorial is a "broken shaft" of marble erected to honor the 13 young men of Seminole County, Florida, who died serving during World War I. Another three passed away from war-related injuries at later dates. Eleven of these men had their names collected via a newspaper advertisement that ran in The Sanford Herald in December 1918. The following names are engraved on the pillar: George W. Calhoun and M. W. Lowell, Jr. from the Navy; Frank A. Campbell, Handy Jenkins, Joseph S. Laing, Archie B. Liles, Arthur D. Lossing, Carl Marm, Harry Phillips, Edwin J. Robinson, and James Oscar White from the Army. There are also engravings on all four sides of the base.

On February 23, 1919, the monument was dedicated in present-day Centennial Park, formerly named Central Park. The memorial was presented by Frank L. Miller and received by Judge E. F. Housholder. It is known as the first monument to soldiers of World War I. A feature that is unique for the time period in which it was erected is the inclusion of the names of two African-American men. This inclusion assured the resulting crowd of over 1,500 people in attendance for the ceremony was made up of people from all races. The memorial has since been moved to various locations including: American Legion Post 53, known locally as the "Legion Hut" until its destruction, at 3506 Orlando Drive on February 24, 1985; the new American Legion Post 53 at 2874 South Sanford Avenue in June 1988; and Veterans Memorial Park on November 11, 2006. The monument was rededicated to the people of Seminole County on May 28, 2007.

Creator

Schell, Kristal

Source

Original digital color images by Kristal Schell, August 26, 2013.

Date Created

2013-08-26

Contributor

Schell, Kristal

Is Part Of

Central Florida Monuments Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Is Referenced By

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Medium

7 color digital images

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Seminole County World War I Memorial, Veterans Memorial Park, Sanford, Florida

Accrual Method

Item Creation

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher
Geography Teacher
Humanities Teacher
Visual Arts Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Kristal Schell.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Kristal Schell and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Dr. Anne Lindsay's Public History: Principles and Techniques Undergraduate Class

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

The Sanford Herald, Dec 20, 1918: 4.
The Sanford Herald, Feb 28, 1919: 1.
Leffler-Strong, Mary. "The Campbell-Lossing Post of the American Legion." In Sanford on the St.-Johns. 1950. Sanford Museum, Sanford, FL.
Schaal, Peter. Sanford As I Knew It: 1912-1935. 1970.
Keith, Jeanette. Rich Man's War, Poor Man's Fight: Race, Class, and Power in the Rural South During the First World War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
Carlisle, Rodney P. Sovereignty at Sea U.S. Merchant Ships and American Entry into World War I. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2009.

Transcript

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THE BRAVE SONS
DEDICATED 
TO 
THE MEMORY OF 
THE BRAVE SONS OF 
SEMINOLE COUNTY 
WHO LAID THEIR LIVES 
ON THE SACRIFICIAL ALTAR 
OF 
DEMOCRACY 
IN THE WORLD WAR 
1914 - 1918 


THE MONUMENT STORY 

FEBRUARY 23, 1919, THE MONUMENT WAS FIRST UNVEILED AT CENTRAL PARK (NOW CENTENNIAL PARK) HONORING 11 MEN FROM SEMINOLE COUNTY WHO DIED IN SERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY IN WWI. IT IS MADE OF MARBLE AND IN THE FORM OF A BROKEN SHAFT SYMBOLIZING THE YOUTHFUL LIVES SACRIFICED IN THE PRIME OF MANHOOD FOR THE "CAUSE OF THE RIGHT AND JUST." F.L. MILLER OF MILVIS MARBLE CO. PRESENTED THE MONUMENT TO SEMINOLE COUNTY.

FEBRUARY 24, 1985, THE MONUMENT WAS MOVED TO THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 53 AT 3506 ORLANDO DRIVE.

JUNE 1988, THE MONUMENT WAS MOVED TO THE AMERICAN LEGION'S NEW HOME AT 2874 S. SANFORD AVE IN SANFORD.



NOVEMBER 11, 2006 THE MONUMENT WAS MOVED TO A PLACE OF HONOR HERE AT THE VETERANS' MEMORIAL PARK.



MAY 28, 2007, THE MONUMENT WAS REDEDICATED TO THE PEOPLE OF SEMINOLE COUNTY.
THE MONUMENT STORY

FEBRUARY 23, 1919, THE MONUMENT WAS FIRST UNVEILED AT CENTRAL PARK (NOW CENTENNIAL PARK) HONORING 11 MEN FROM SEMINOLE COUNTY WHO DIED IN SERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY IN WWI. IT IS MADE OF MARBLE AND IN THE FORM OF A BROKEN SHAFT SYMBOLIZING THE YOUTHFUL LIVES SACRIFICED IN THE PRIME OF MANHOOD FOR THE "CAUSE OF THE RIGHT AND JUST." F.L. MILLER OF MILVIS MARBLE CO. PRESENTED THE MONUMENT TO SEMINOLE COUNTY.

FEBRUARY 24, 1985, THE MONUMENT WAS MOVED TO THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 53 AT 3506 ORLANDO DRIVE.

JUNE 1988, THE MONUMENT WAS MOVED TO THE AMERICAN LEGION'S NEW HOME AT 2874 S. SANFORD AVE IN SANFORD.
NOVEMBER 11, 2006 THE MONUMENT WAS MOVED TO A PLACE OF HONOR HERE AT THE VETERANS' MEMORIAL PARK.
MAY 28, 2007, THE MONUMENT WAS REDEDICATED TO THE PEOPLE OF SEMINOLE COUNTY.
-ARMY-
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FRANK A. CAMPBELL
ARTHUR D. LOSSING
ARCHIE B. LILES
JOSEPH S. LAING
J. OSCAR WHITE
HARRY PHILLIPS
CARL MALM
EDWIN J. ROBINSON
HANDY JENKINS
"ONLY THOSE ARE FIT TO LIVE WHO DO NOT FEAR TO DIE"
-NAVY-
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M.W. LOVELL JR.
ERECTED AND PRESENTED TO SEMINOLE COUNTY BY FRANK L. MILLER
RECEIVED AND ACCEPTED BY
JUDGE E. F. HOUSHOLDER
FEBY 20, 1919

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