Quincy, Mass. Historical and Architectural Survey

Mount Wollaston, Sea Street, World War II Memorial

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE
Mount Wollaston Cemetery, where the World War II memorial is located, is Quincy's largest cemetery and non-sectarian. It was originally laid out after residents decided that the Hancock burial ground on Hancock Street had become too small and crowded. A committee appointed at the annual town meeting held in March of 1854 decided to use a portion of the town's farm land given by William Coddington, which lies on the westerly side of Sea Street. The cemetery was consecrated on November 1, 1855 and the first lots were sold at auction on May 5, 1856 and the first purchaser was Charles Francis Adams. The present cemetery covers about 51 acres, 30,000 lots, and is still in active use.

BIBLIOGRAPHY and/or REFERENCES
Assessors Records.
City of Quincy, Department of Cemeteries.
William S. Pattee. History of Old Braintree and Quincy, 1878, p. 148-154.

ARCHITECTURAL SIGNIFICANCE:
This round flagstone terrace, backed by the honor roll and set into a high knoll overlooking Sea Street at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, honors the veterans who died in World War II. The memorial is located in the Veterans Section of the cemetery which also includes monuments relating to the Civil War (see separate inventory form), the Spanish American war, World War I (see separate inventory form), the Korean War and the Viatnam War. The names of 250 dead veterans flank the smooth granite central panel on which is incised an airplane, a ship breaking the waves and a soldier with a tank in the background, each representing a branch of our Armed Forces. A tall flagpole rises from the center of the the high flagstone terrace which is surmounted with a rounded iron railing.

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