There are eight acres of land in Woodside that has been donated and set aside for military memorials that date back to 1895 when trustees of Woodside Cemetery donated land for the burial of civil war soldiers and a memorial site. At the dedication, in 1895, a challenge was put to the community to raise funds. Local farmers were asked to haul their finest boulders to the site and when sufficient funds were raised, the 100 ft. Soldiers and Sailors Memorial was commissioned by the famous and noted architect, Frank Mills Andrews and completed in 1902 with the addition of a bronze statue that was donated by Paul J. Sorg. Since then, Woodside added a World War II Plaza in 1945 when the local War Mothers ask the community to help raise money to finance the 167 white marble crosses, the flag pole and the Memorial Chapel that are all here today. Memorial plaques of the Korean and Vietnam Wars can also be found on the military grounds near the Chapel.
Finally our largest memorial and notably one of the finest in the United States is the Black Granite Veterans Memorial that sits just inside our main gates and is a tribute to Veterans from the Mexican War up to the Air Assault in Operation Enduring Freedom. This 16 panel curved masterpiece measures 54 feet long by 8 feet high and is laser etched with the work of renowned artist, Mort Kunstler. Woodside Cemetery is proud to have been chosen for the site of this memorial and finds veterans and their families visiting here every day from all over the country. It truly is an amazing testament to the Veterans of these United States.