Farmingville, NY – On December 20, Councilman Michael Loguercio joined members of The Longwood Alliance and The Longwood Society for Historic Preservation to dedicate a new historic marker sign commemorating Camp Upton, the World War I camp located originally on 19,000 acres of scrub pine in Ridge. Soldiers who trained at the camp were part of the 77th Division and played a central role in the Meuse-Argonne campaign in France during “The Great War.” The site is now the home of Brookhaven National Laboratory. The sign was funded by the William J. Pomeroy Foundation to recognize World War I sites during this centennial year of the end of the war in 1918. The camp was torn down after the war but rebuilt for use in World War II.Councilman Loguercio said, “One hundred years ago, Camp Upton was a bustling center of activity with thousands of troops moving in and out. This sign honors those brave soldiers who passed through on their way to fight for freedom around the world. I thank Gail Lynch-Bailey, Suzanne Johnson and Town Historian Barbara Russell for their efforts to get this sign erected. It’s a reminder to everyone that history was made right here in Brookhaven Town.”Pictured left to right are State Senator Ken LaValle; Councilman Michael Loguercio, Longwood Alliance president Gail Lynch-Bailey and Suzanne Johnson from the Longwood Society for Historic Preservation.
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