Reddit users rallying to fix up Byrd Park WWI memorial?

Local residents are attempting to organize a cleanup of the site.

Did you know Richmond has a monument to those who gave their lives fighting in World War I?

Adjacent to the Byrd Park tennis courts is a little known flag pole and small monument inscribed with the names of every Richmond resident who made the ultimate sacrifice, and it’s apparently not in very good shape, according to Reddit user rvaskier:

Anyone ever notice the old 40-50 foot high metal flag pole by the tennis courts at Byrd Park? I was out for a run today and was curious and walked up to it. It lists everyone from RVA who died during WWI — but is in really bad shape. I’m gonna reach out to the city and see if I can get their permission to fix it up. Anyone want to help rehab it? All it needs is some cement scrubbing and repainting/coating the pole itself.

If you’re interested in learning more and adding your voice to the conversation regarding the possibility of helping fix up the deteriorating monument (pending approval from the City of Richmond), check out the thread here.

Photo: Google Maps Street View

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Trevor Dickerson

Trevor Dickerson loves all things Richmond and manages RVANews’ West of the Boulevard and West End community sites.

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