The monuments in front of the Raynham Public Library highlight and pay homage to those residents who have stepped forth willingly and valiantly when they were called to serve their country.
Facing the Library, the large rock monument to the far left carries a plaque with the dates 1941-1945 for the Second World War on its face. It was erected by the town in 1950. The names of more than 250 Raynham residents who served their country during World War II are listed, among which are the names of thirteen women. Eight names are marked with an asterisk, indicating those who were killed in action. Family names appear again and again, listing several siblings who served their country during World War II. They serve to remind all of Raynham’s patriotism during this period. The town and state seals are also on this monument.
The monument in the center commemorates the soldiers of the Civil War from 1861-1865. Standing at the top of the monument is Private Frederick C. Anderson (1842–1884) who was born in Boston. Orphaned at age eight, Anderson became part of the “Orphan Train,” which was the forerunner of foster parenting. Orphaned children were placed in local Christian homes; Anderson was placed in a Raynham farm home, where he lived until he joined the service in 1861 at age 19. In 1864, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for capturing an enemy battle flag and its bearer at a battle in Virginia. This award is significant as almost three million men served in the Union forces but less than one percent would be awarded the nation’s highest battlefield decoration, The Congressional Medal of Honor. This monument was erected by Amy Leonard and friends.
The large rock monument to the right commemorates those from Raynham who entered the service of their country during the First World War and was erected by the town in 1928. The dates 1917-1919 and the names of more than 50 Raynham veterans appear on the plaque mounted on the rock. There is no Roman numeral “I” after the words “World War” because no one knew then that there would ever be another world war. Raynham’s town seal and the Massachusetts state seal are also on the monument.