• Third Thursday Concert Series to begin April 19

    Martin Payne on April 19The Atlantic City Free Public Library will once again hold a free monthly concert series this year starting in April. The Second annual Third Thursday Concert Series will feature shows on the third Thursday of each month from April through September. All shows will start 5 p.m. at the Main Library. Call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information and sponsorship opportunities. Click here to read more.
  • New exhibit chronicling library's history
    on display through mid-June

    IllinoisandPacificThe Atlantic City Free Public Library is chronicling the 115 years of services it has provided to the city since formally opening its doors in a house (see photo) in 1903. The public is invited to view our new exhibit, “The History of the Atlantic City Free Public Library: 115 Years in the Making.” Click here to read more.
  • Computer, iPad classes designed
    for older adults with vision changes

    LEAP computerAdvancing Opportunities will lead computer classes and iPad classes for adults 55 and older who have had vision changes at the Atlantic City Free Public Library. Learn about assistive technology that will magnify the screen or read to you. Registration is required for these classes, and space is limited. Call 888-322-1918, ext. 501 to register. Click here to read more.
  • Sharp haircuts, minds: Library brings
    'Fade to Books' to city barbershops

    Barbershop photoThe Atlantic City Free Public Library has made children’s books available at select city barbershops this winter after being named a recipient of a Fade to Books grant in 2017.
    The New Jersey State Library, in partnership with the Long Branch Public Library and the Bridge of Books Foundation, launched a grant opportunity for public libraries to join with their local barbershops in an effort to spur young boys to read. Click here to read more.
  • You can quickly charge your smartphone,
    laptop and tablet at the Main Library

    Charging StationThe Atlantic City Free Public Library now offers a charging station after being selected as a contract award winner for funding under LibraryLinkNJ’s “Powering Up: Library Charging Stations Incubator Project.” Those who visit the Main Library will be able to charge their smartphones, laptops and tablets for free in a Kwikboost Charging Station, which features eight secure, ADA-compliant lockers equipped with 16 connectors and fast-charging technology. Click here to read more.
  • Live, online tutoring help available for students

    Live Homework HelpStudents who need assistance with homework can receive free, on-demand tutoring help thanks to an online service provided by the Atlantic City Free Public Library. The library offers Live Homework Help™, an online tutoring service powered by Tutor.com™. Students can connect to expert tutors in math, science, social studies and English via the Internet. Live Homework Help is for students in grades K-12 and those taking introductory level college courses. Click here to read more.

O'Donnell Park Memorials

The area bordered by O'Donnell Parkway, Atlantic Avenue, and Providence Avenue hosts a number of war memorials. This area is variously known by the names Chelsea Park, O'Donnell Park, and All Wars Memorial Park.


The Civil War Soilders & Sailors Monument in O'Donnell Park

The first war memorial to grace this area was the Civil War Soldiers & Sailors Monument, erected in 1916 through donation funds. The City contributed $1,500 of the $6,000 cost of the monument. Its style and location were chosen as an aesthetic landmark to welcome travelers arriving at the nearby terminus of the Black Horse Pike into the city. The nearby Greek Temple Monument War Memorial was built a few years later with the same purpose. More information about the Greek Temple Monument can be found here.

Although the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument only mentions those who gave their lives in the Civil War on the monument itself, the monument was also meant to recognize casualties of the Spanish-American War as well. The four figures which stand at the base of the monument face the cardinal points of North, South, East and West, and represent the infantry, cavalry, navy, and artillery. Atlantic City Mayor Harry Bacharach declared a holiday for the dedication of the monument, which included a parade of the Morris Guards and veterans of the Civil War and Spanish-American War, and the dramatic unveiling of the Monument. This was done by Reba Jones, granddaughter of a past commander of the local GAR post, dressed as Columbia for the event. For years, Atlantic City's Memorial Day parades finished at the monument.


Text of the marker:
Erected to the memory of the soldiers and sailors of the Civil War 1861-1865.

E.F. Hann, Chairman
W.F. Washington
J.S. Nichols
C.F. Horner
J.C. Stebbins
E.H. Bolgiano

The next memorial addition to the park came after World War II, in the form of trees dedicated to each city resident who give their lives in World Wars I and II. Each tree originally had a bronze plaque in front of it stating the name of the soldier the tree was commemorating, but vandals quickly began stealing the plaques until they were finally removed to the All Wars Building for safety. In 1997, the trees themselves were removed when they were found to be dead or dying. Today, the Honor Roll replaces the trees in the park as a way to individually commemorate those citizens who died during both World Wars, plus the Korean and Vietnam wars.


Text of the marker:
In loving memory of our friends relatives and neighbors who have made the ultimate sacrifice so we may continue to enjoy freedom and a democracy.

Commissioner Edmund Colanzi, 1981

[following is a list of names of Atlantic City residents who died in World Wars I, II, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars]

In addition to these monuments, the site also holds the POW/MIA Monument, dedicated in 1989, the 87th Infantry Division Monument, the Southeast Asia Casualties Memorial, and the Purple Heart Memorial.

war memorials group

Three monuments grouped together in O'Donnell Park. From left to right: The POW/MIA Monument, the 87th Infantry Division Monument, and the Southeast Asia Casualties Monument.

Text of the POW/MIA Monument:
Throughout history, we have answered our country's call to arms, for freedom, for justice, for self-determination of an ally. We have served and sometimes paid in grim coin the price exacted.

Through no fault of ours, somehow we were left on foreign shores.

Some of us lie in unmarked graves. Some of us remain behind prison bars. Some of us serve as slave laborers. Yet all of us yearn to be returned to the land of our birth.

Whether to live out the remainder of our lives in freedom, or rest in peace, at last in our native soil - America, America, Bring Us Home - Someday.

Missing in Action
World War II 78,751
Korea 8,177
Vietnam ?

The Veterans of Atlantic City, New Jersey Salute America's POW/MIA

You are not forgotten

Text of the 87th Infantry Division Monument:
To the men of the 87th Infantry Division
Whose supreme sacrifice in the world wide conflict for liberty and freedom during World War II shall not pass unheralded

Erected by the 87th Infantry Division Association September 29, 1956 A.D.

Joseph Nash Belack
National Commander

Text of the Southeast Asia Casualties Memorial:
Dedicated to the memory of those Atlantic County citizens who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of their nation while a member of the United States Armed Forces in Southeast Asia


The Purple Heart Memorial

Text of the Purple Heart Memorial:
Dedicated to all Men and Women wounded in all our wars.

Wounded Combat Veterans
Military Order of the Purple Heart 1782 1932

My stone is red for the blood they shed.
The medal I bear is my country's way to show they care.
If I could be seen by all mankind
Maybe peace will come in my lifetime

Erected by Chapter 155 Military Order of the Purple Heart

For more information, see articles from:
Atlantic City Press, May 30, 1989, April 25, 1997, April 10, 1996, June 29, 1992, May 29, 1953, May 19, 1945, and May 7, 1933
Atlantic City Daily Press, December 11, 1916, April 9, 1917, and April 10, 1917

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