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The United States has numerous memorials that pay tribute to the gallantry of its courageous citizens who gave their lives to defend the country. One of these in the East Coast Memorial found in New York City which honors the brave men and women who lost their lives in World War II while battling it out in the great waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

The establishment of the East Coast War Memorial was commissioned by a minor independent agency under the executive division of the US federal government called the American Battle Monuments Commission which was formed in 1923. According to its profile, the ABMC was established ?to commemorate the service, achievements, and sacrifice of US armed forces where they have served overseas since 197, and within the US when directed by public law.? It was constructed in 1963 and then President John F. Kennedy led its dedication.

The East Coast War Memorial is situated within the greenery of Battery Park at Manhattan?s southern tip and sits a stone?s throw away from another historical landmark, Fort Clinton. It was conceptualized by the architectural firm owned by Gehron and Seltzer. The memorial?s axis is directed in the direction of the Statue of Liberty. Four gray pillars measuring 19 feet or 5.8 meters can be found on region of the axis wherein the names of over 4,600 persons who were killed or were reported missing in the western seas of the Atlantic Ocean during the Second World War are engraved. Together with their names, their rank, home state and military division are also indicated on the granite pillars.

The main attraction of the East Coast Memorial is a beautifully carved giant bronze eagle statue mounted on a black granite base. The bronze bust was conceptualized by Albino Manca. The eagle holds a garland made of laurel and is riding an ocean wave. The composition represents the ritual of lamenting at sea.

Just like any memorial, the East Coast War Memorial suffered wear and tear over the years. It was renovated in 1997 and was brought back to its original magnificence. Succeeding work on Battery Park which took place in 2001 paved the way for more improvements in the park?s Upper Promenade section where the East Coast War Memorial is found. Visiting the East Coast War Memorial during spring when the flowers and the trees are in full bloom is a very rewarding experience.
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