Nathaniel Rochester Square Park
As Biesecker states in Remembering World War II: The Rhetoric and Politics of National Commemoration at the Turn of the 21st Century, the WWII memorial was a representation of “national reunification” (Biesecker, 2002, p. 394). Biesecker also quotes Clinton in saying that “the memorial ‘will be a permanent reminder of just how much we Americans can do when we work together instead of fighting among ourselves’” (Biesecker, 2002, p. 394). In researching the Nathaniel Rochester Square Park monument dedicated to Nathaniel Rochester, the founder of Rochester, NY, I discovered that the park was established in order to create a sense of community and a safe environment for residents of the South Wedge, reuniting them and reminding them of what they can do when they choose to work together for the good of the community. Biesecker also speaks about the importance of placement when it comes to memorials (Biesecker, 2002, p. 394). Although my research did not lead me to a specific reason for this monument being placed in the South Wedge, the reason could be that Nathaniel Rochester is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery which is in this area.