The brave and the bold were remembered in downtown Schenectady on Friday, Sept. 24, 1948. A couple hundred people gathered in Crescent Park (now Veterans Memorial Park) for the dedication of the new flagpole to honor the city’s war dead. A Marine Corps color guard provided a military presence. A small contingent from the Gold Star Mothers — mothers who had lost sons or daughters in the service of their country — attended in their traditional white outfits. Robert B. McColl provided representation from the American Locomotive Co., which presented the 110-foot-tall monument to the city on behalf of its employees. Mayor Owen M. Begley accepted the gift for Schenectady, and addressed the crowd. Most stood in a cluster near the tall stone base, near the foot of the State Street hill. Some people stood across State Street, near First United Methodist Church, and listened to the words and music.