Dedicated to the fallen "soldiers in a war that never ends", this 1913 monument on Riverside Drive has long been the site of an annual ceremony commemorating city firefighters who lost their lives during the previous year. There is also now a memorial service held here every September 11th to pay tribute to the 343 members of the FDNY who were killed on 9/11.
The diamond-shaped plaque embedded in the bricks in front of the memorial, dated 1927 and "subscribed under the auspices of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals", reads:
THIS TABLET IS DEDICATED
TO THE HORSES THAT SHARED
IN VALOR AND DEVOTION
AND WITH MIGHTY SPEED
BORE ON THE RESCUE
Thanks for including the part about the ASPCA plaque. Horses are one of my favorite of Mother Nature’s creatures.