The flagstaff itself dates back to 1930, twelve years after the end of World War I, but nine years prior to the outbreak of World War II. This time period is reflected in the inscription which adorns the millstone granite base of the flagpole. Interestingly, the writing upon the memorial seems to have two sections which were inscribed at separate times. As seen in the images, the original inscription reads “Erected by the Citizens of Laurel Hill in Memory of those who Died in the World War”. Below this is written “I-II” and “Korea and Vietnam”. The original inscription is visibly more worn and chipped in comparison to the additional writing. Furthermore, the placement of the original inscription in the middle of the granite base, as well as the wording of “The World War” suggests that “I-II” and “Korea and Vietnam” were added later, although it is unclear as to exactly when or by whom. As a result, although the flagstaff was initially intended as a memorial to the fallen soldiers of the Great War, it now serves as a memorial for fallen soldiers throughout decades of war.
Today, the flagstaff stands largely unnoticed in the area. Due to industrialization and a lack of residential buildings in the area, there is an absence of pedestrian traffic in the area. Furthermore, there are no subways that run near Laurel Hill and only one bus route runs through the area at all. However, for anyone traveling the Q67 bus line, the 48 St/54 Av bus stop right on top of Triangle 54 and a few steps away from the flagstaff serves as a proud memorial commemorating the heroic efforts of the wars’ fallen soldiers.