The World War II and Carrollton Centennial Monument in Palmer Park

Stop 10 of 14 in the Palmer Park tour

Palmer Park was a site for several of the city's World War II neighborhood bond shows. A show in June 1944 featuring speeches by wounded veterans, a parade, and music raised over $123,000 dollars. Residents throughout the city bought over 20 million dollars worth of war bonds.

March 11, 1945 was a notable day of commemoration and remembrance in Palmer Park. The day marked the beginning of a week-long celebration of the centennial of the incorporation of Carrollton. The Carrollton Men’s Business Association organized the event which featured speeches by Archbishop Joseph Rummel, Lt. Governor Emile Verrer, and Edward Alexander Parsons, president of the Louisiana Historical Society. The New Orleans Police Band performed. The main event was the dedication of a monument in the center of the park. The monument bore inscriptions commemorating the centennial and included a dedication to the residents of Carrollton who had fought in World War, still ongoing at the time; names of those who had been killed during the war were also inscribed.

Palmer Park was the site of yearly Memorial Day services after WWII. The commemorations in the immediate years after the war were large events in which wreathes were laid at the monument, Gold Star mothers were honored, speeches and prayers delivered, bands performed music and songs were presented by groups like the New Orleans Opera Association, and review parades of military and civilian units were held. A flagpole was dedicated by the Carrollton Post No. 228 of the American Legion at the 1949 Memorial Day commemoration. The flag was donated by Mrs. Frederick Shell, whose nephew had been killed at the Battle of the Bulge. The flag had originally draped his casket.

A parade and rally was held in Palmer Park for Veteran’s Day in November 1948. The rally's purpose was to advocate for the hiring of disabled veterans. The event featured military personnel, a speech by the mayor, and a screening of the navy film "Operation Crossroads," which showed an atomic bomb being detonated on the Bikini atoll in the Pacific.

Palmer Park was also the site of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the annexation of Carrollton by New Orleans in April 1949. A parade featuring turn of the century vehicles started at St. Charles Avenue and ended at Palmer Park, where a program of speeches, high school marching bands, and community songs followed.

Images

WWII Memorial, Palmer Park, Dedicated March 11, 1945. <br /><br />
<br /><br />
Courtesy of the Times Picayune March 12, 1945.

WWII Memorial, Palmer Park, Dedicated March 11, 1945.

Courtesy of the Times Picayune March 12, 1945.

View File Details Page

Cover of the Carrollton Centennial Booklet, with a picture of the WWII Memorial in Palmer Park.<br /><br />
<br /><br />
The Carrollton Centennial Booklet, published by the Carrollton Business Men's Association, depicted the history of the neighborhood. It was assembled as part of the centennial commemoration in 1945.

Cover of the Carrollton Centennial Booklet, with a picture of the WWII Memorial in Palmer Park.

The Carrollton Centennial Booklet, published by the Carrollton Business Men's Association, depicted the history of the neighborhood. It was assembled as part of the centennial commemoration in 1945.

View File Details Page

The monument today.

The monument today.

View File Details Page

Memorial Day political cartoon. <br /><br />
<br /><br />
Courtesy of the Times Picayune May 30, 1948.

Memorial Day political cartoon.

Courtesy of the Times Picayune May 30, 1948.

View File Details Page

Laying of a wreath on the Palmer Park WWII Monument May 1949. <br /><br />
<br /><br />
Courtesy of the Times Picayune May 30, 1949.

Laying of a wreath on the Palmer Park WWII Monument May 1949.

Courtesy of the Times Picayune May 30, 1949.

View File Details Page

A flagpole was dedicated by the Carrollton Post No. 228 of the American Legion at the 1949 Memorial Day commemoration in Palmer Park. The flag for the pole was donated by Mrs. Frederick Shell, whose nephew had been killed at the Battle of the Bulge. The flag had originally draped his casket.<br /><br />
<br /><br />
Courtesy of the Times Picayune May 30, 1949.

A flagpole was dedicated by the Carrollton Post No. 228 of the American Legion at the 1949 Memorial Day commemoration in Palmer Park. The flag for the pole was donated by Mrs. Frederick Shell, whose nephew had been killed at the Battle of the Bulge. The flag had originally draped his casket.

Courtesy of the Times Picayune May 30, 1949.

View File Details Page

Memorial Day Parade 1950. <br /><br />
<br /><br />
Courtesy of the Times Picayune May 29, 1950.

Memorial Day Parade 1950.

Courtesy of the Times Picayune May 29, 1950.

View File Details Page

Memorial Day Palmer Park 1951.<br /><br />
<br /><br />
Courtesy of the Times Picayune May 28, 1951.

Memorial Day Palmer Park 1951.

Courtesy of the Times Picayune May 28, 1951.

View File Details Page

Memorial Day 1955 Palmer Park. <br /><br />
<br /><br />
Courtesy of the Times Picayune May 30, 1955.

Memorial Day 1955 Palmer Park.

Courtesy of the Times Picayune May 30, 1955.

View File Details Page

Memorial Day 1967 Palmer Park. <br /><br />
<br /><br />
Courtesy of the Times Picayune May 29, 1967.

Memorial Day 1967 Palmer Park.

Courtesy of the Times Picayune May 29, 1967.

View File Details Page

A parade and rally was held in Palmer Park in November 1948. The rally's purpose was to advocate for the hiring of disabled veterans. The event featured military personnel, a speech by the mayor, and a screening of the navy film "Operation Crossroads" which showed an atomic bomb being detonated on the Bikini atoll in the Pacific. <br /><br />
<br /><br />
Courtesy of the Times Picayune Nov. 9, 1948.

A parade and rally was held in Palmer Park in November 1948. The rally's purpose was to advocate for the hiring of disabled veterans. The event featured military personnel, a speech by the mayor, and a screening of the navy film "Operation Crossroads" which showed an atomic bomb being detonated on the Bikini atoll in the Pacific.

Courtesy of the Times Picayune Nov. 9, 1948.

View File Details Page

Carrollton held a parade in March 1949 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of New Orleans's annexation of the town. The parade ended in Palmer Park and featured a program of speeches, high school marching bands, and community songs.<br /><br />
<br /><br />
Courtesy of the Times Picayune March 27, 1949.

Carrollton held a parade in March 1949 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of New Orleans's annexation of the town. The parade ended in Palmer Park and featured a program of speeches, high school marching bands, and community songs.

Courtesy of the Times Picayune March 27, 1949.

View File Details Page

Picture of the Carrollton Annexation 75th Anniversary Parade featuring cars from the turn of the century. <br /><br />
<br /><br />
Courtesy of the Times Picayune April 4, 1949.

Picture of the Carrollton Annexation 75th Anniversary Parade featuring cars from the turn of the century.

Courtesy of the Times Picayune April 4, 1949.

View File Details Page

John Ackerman was awarded a plaque as part of the annexation 75th anniversary celebration in Palmer Park. Ackerman won the award for performing the most outstanding service for Carrollton in 1948.<br /><br />
<br /><br />
Courtesy of the Times Picayune April 4, 1949.

John Ackerman was awarded a plaque as part of the annexation 75th anniversary celebration in Palmer Park. Ackerman won the award for performing the most outstanding service for Carrollton in 1948.

Courtesy of the Times Picayune April 4, 1949.

View File Details Page

Audio

Audio File 1

View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Kevin McQueeney, “The World War II and Carrollton Centennial Monument in Palmer Park,” New Orleans Historical, accessed April 24, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/667.

Related Tours

comments powered by Disqus

Share this Story