On occasion, I point out deficiencies in historical marking in Old Town and Parker-Gray. I can honestly say one area where Alexandrians and various chapters have gone far beyond the call of duty is honoring veterans of wars.
Below is a select sample of such markers. It’s not meant to be a definitive list by any means, but should serves a good sample of markers that pay tributes to the men and woman who served and sacrificed.
For brevity sake, I have not always included the entirety of the text.
Old Presbyterian Meeting House Burial Ground
Old Presbyterian Meeting House Burial Ground (2006)
In this cemetery rest the earthly remains of Patriots in the Revolutionary War, many of whom were of Scottish ancestry. These Patriots, along with many Presbyterians from Alexandria, fought for the cause of Liberty and assisted the soldiers of Washington’s Armies. The Old Presbyterian Meeting House also administers the Presbyterian Cemetery on Hamilton Lane in Alexandria where many other Patriots rest.
Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution (Same as above)
In memory of an unknown soldier of the American Revolution erected by the National Society Children of the American Revolution April 19, 1929.
Temporary marker placed by American Legion Post No. 24, Alexandria, Virginia, February 22, 1928.
1323 Duke Street – From Slavery to Freedom and Service
The 4th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment fought in several engagements including the Battle of the Crater. Three men of the regiment died at L’Ouverture Hospital: Pvt. William Mathews, Pvt. John Henry Nicholson, and Pvt. William Plato. All were from Maryland and suffered from illnesses, such as lung inflammation, rheumatism, and typhoid. Library of Congress.
“Once let the Black man get upon his person the brass letters, U.S., let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder and bullets in his pockets, and there is no power on earth which can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship in the United States.”
- Frederick Douglass
United States National Military Cemetery Alexandria. Established 1862. Interments 3570. Known 3467. Unknown 103.
Memorial to War Dead, 400 Cameron Street
For God and Country, Erected to the Memory of the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines from Alexandria, Virginia who gave their lives during the World War.
Geo. M. Anderton, Herbert Bernhardt, Thos. W. Cook, John Crilly, Arthur Curran, Percy C. Dove, Chaplin E. Evans, Richard H. Fawcett, Leon W. Hardin, Samuel Haynes, John Leadbeater, John Lyons, Lee Magner, David L. Meeks, Russell Mitchell, Edw. D. Northrup, Wm. T. Philips, Edmund G. Prince, Shirley Pullin, Henry Ward Reiff, Arthur Robey, Edward Shoults, John H. Sullivan, Paul F. Ward, Eugene Wilburn, Thomas Williams, William Thomas.
Presented to Alexandria Post No. 24, The American Legion by The American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 24, Alexandria, Virginia.
Submarine Screw (Propeller), USS Pompon, 1 Cameron Street, behind Chart House restaurant
Submarine Screw (Propeller), USS Pompon (SS 267), Gato Class WWII Fleet Submarine. Conducted nine war patrols in the Pacific. Awarded four Battle Stars. Commissioned March 17, 1943. De-commissioned April 1, 1960.
Veterans Memorial Walkway, southwest corner of South Columbus and Wilkes streets
Veterans Memorial Walkway, dedicated by the City of Alexandria and Alexandria’s Veteran’s Organizations on Veterans’ Day November 11, 1979, in honored memory of the deceased Alexandria Veterans of all the United States wars. Their service in war and peace contributed greatly to the welfare of their fellow citizens.
Alexandria War Dead, 110 Callahan Lane, near Union Station parking lot, on concrete monument
Donated by Mrs. Florence Angelo Cannaday, Richmond, Virginia.
Erected in Memory of Alexandria War Dead by Russell Mitchell Post No. 609, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Citizens of Alexandria, November 11, 1940
Medal of Honor Recipients, Alexandria National Cemetery
This tree dedicated by the Veterans Administration in 1976 to America’s Medal of Honor recipients who helped make this Bicentennial observance possible “by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty.”