An Austrian cannon is back home at Washington Square Park. The newly restored WWI cannon fittingly returned to the park right before Veterans Day.
The cannon is an important historical relic, and a part of our city's Italian heritage.
It was the Italian government who bestowed the cannon to the City of Rochester in 1921. The cannon honored local Italian-Americans who supported Italy during World War I by either joining the Italian or American army. The cannon, however, fell into disrepair so it was removed from the park to undergo restoration by a Georgia company.
Many different groups rallied together to help the cannon make its big return to the park. Thank you to all involved, including the City of Rochester, Washington Square Park Community Association, Italian Community of Rochester and the Military History Society of Rochester.
For more, read The Austrian Cannon Has Returned in the Rochesteriat.