"Andrew Bayne Memorial Park" Bellevue Things to Do Tip by VeronicaG
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As mentioned in my earlier tip, the property comprising a Memorial Library and Park was donated to the borough of Bellevue by sisters, Amanda Bayne Balph and Jane Bayne Teece as a tribute to their father, Andrew Bayne.
Shade trees, a picnic shelter, basketball court, playground and monument to the town's fallen sons from WWI surrounds the library. In 1920, twelve shade trees were dedicated to also honor those soldiers who died. Later, in 1921 after a proper ceremony, nameplates were placed on the trees designating their names.
A bronze monument of a soldier stands facing the street, created by Giuseppe Moretti, a sculptor from Pittsburgh. It stands 14 feet tall and is very detailed in uniform and belt with canteen, kit and helmet. His right arm extends the symbol of liberty to the heavens. The plaque reads:
"Erected by the loyal citizens of Bellevue to their patriotic sons who served in the World War. They loved peace, but dared to fight".
The monument was refurbished in 2000 by Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Sokols--their gesture becoming part of a Veteran's Day ceremony.
For more on the history of Bellevue see: www.borough.bellevue.pa.us/bayne/bayne_park.html
Address: North Balph and Teece Ave., Bellevue, Pa
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