10. The Ridgewood War Memorial commemorates the lives lost during World War I

Ridgewood War Memorial
Ridgewood War Memorial, commemorating the lives of soldiers lost during World War I.

At the intersection of Myrtle and Cypress Avenues is the Ridgewood War Memorial, which commemorates the 110 servicemen from Ridgewood who died during World War I. The memorial was gifted by the American Gold Star Mothers, an organization of mothers who lost sons and daughters in service of the United States Armed Forces. It is located within the Myrtle Avenue Clemens Triangle and was dedicated on Memorial Day in 1923.

The Ridgewood War Memorial features bronze bas-reliefs created by sculptor Anton Schaaf, which represent the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The Army bas-relief is of a soldier and woman holding a torch, the Navy bas-relief features a sailor and Neptune, and the Air Force bas-relief depicts an aviator and an allegorical female figure. these bas-reliefs have been placed onto an 11-foot high cylinder surmounted by a low-relief globe designed by Helmle and Corbett architects. Besides the Ridgewood War Memorial, Schaaf also worked with Helmle and Corbett on the Glendale War Memorial in Queens. In 2003, the memorial was restored through a city capital contract.

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