Brooklyn Bridge Plaza Association Commemorative Medal
diameter: 2 1/16 in. ( 5.2 cm )
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing neo-gothic architectural structure with inscription: "MEMORIAL/PORTAL TO BROOKLYN BRIDGE/1928"; legend: "ISSUED BY BROOKLYN BRIDGE PLAZA ASSOCIATION/IN COMMEMORATION OF THE SPIRIT OF 1776 AND THE AMERICAN PATRIOTS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE BATTLE OF LONG ISLAND." Reverse shows small roundel with clothed bust of Washington facing left, at top, flanked by laurel branches; legend around border: "MESSAGE FROM GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON READ TO THE AMERICAN TROOPS AT THE BATTLE OF LONG ISLAND AUGUST 27. 1776"; inscription: "THE ENEMY HAVE NOW LANDED ON LONG ISLAND,/AND THE HOUR IS FAST APPROACHING ON WHICH/THE HONOR AND SUCCESS OF THIS ARMY, AND THE/SAFETY OF OUR BLEEDING COUNTRY, DEFEND./ 'REMEMBER, OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS, THAT YOU/ARE FREE MEN, FIGHTING FOR THE BLESSINGS/OF LIBERTY; THAT SLAVERY WILL BE YOUR POR-/TION AND THAT OF YOUR POSTERITY, IF YOU/DO NOT ACQUIT YOURSELVES LIKE MEN.'"; in exergue: "AROSE THE SPIRIT OF/1776/CREATING A NATION."
Gift of Oscar T. Barck
Inscription: obverse, at center below: "J.S.GRAHAM.PRES."
Inscription: obverse, at lower right of field: "LA VELLE"
Inscription: reverse, at lower right of field: "S. SWETT"
Inscription: envelope, in b;ack ink: "Medal issued 1928/by the Brooklyn Bridge/Plaza Association"
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