Sunday, May 22, 2016

City of Kingston (New York) Remembering Pearl Harbor

The City of Kingston, New York, is the county seat of Ulster County and slightly more than 100 miles north of New York City up the Hudson River. Soon after the British colonies declared independence, Kingston became the first capitol city of the Empire State.

First New York Senate House, Kingston, New York; personal collection

The British were not amused and burned the town a month later.

City Hall was built in 1873 on the top of a hill between the former villages of Kingston and Rondout, which are now both part of the city. On the steep front lawn are several memorials honoring the service of military men and women.

Kingston City Hall; courtesy of Wikipedia

However, only one memorial marker includes the name of an individual service man. He lost his life on 7 December 1941, a day President Franklin D. Roosevelt said "will live in infamy."

Memorial marker honoring the service man killed during Pearl Harbor;
personal collection

Pearl Harbor
Lest we forget
Robert J. "Red" Flannery
7 December 1941

This post was written as a contribution to the Honor Roll Project, which was created by Heather Wilkinson Rojo, author of Nutfield Genealogy.

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