Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00
On Saturday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. the Woodbury World War II monument is being re dedicated. The monument had been located in front of the Woodbury School at Jericho Turnpike and Woodbury Road. It has been relocated adjacent to the Syosset Fire Department Station #2 at 150 Woodbury Road.
The monument had been financed shortly after the war by Phillip L. Goodwin, an architect and the owner of a large estate in Woodbury. The monument is made from pink granite and is 78 inches high. It is almost 14 inches thick, 56 inches wide in the back and 45 inches wide in the front. There are 74 names engraved on the monument. Three of those named were killed in action. One of the names is Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. He was the captain of a Navy ship and the son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Also engraved are the names of three women who served in the war. One of the women was Betsy Babcock. She served in the Navy and is the daughter of Elizabeth Babcock, a well-known resident of Woodbury.
The rededication will involve members of the Syosset School Board, Syosset Fire Department, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. The public is invited to attend, particularly those residents who have family members listed on the monument.