Labor Day, September 6, 1920, a ceremony was held at the corner of Michigan Blvd and Dixie Hwy ( now Main Street and 14th Avenue ). The festivities included a parade led by the Nate Kunin Band. The Girl's Welfare Association ( hospital volunteers ) had raised money for the Road of Remembrance. Young trees were planted on both sides of the road ( S. Main ), one for each of the 1,100 " Men of this community who had served in the Great War." The one mile double line of trees is marked by four monuments.
Middletown was the first commuinty in the U.S. to dedicate such a Road of Remembrance. Many of the trees have lived out their lives and been removed, the monuments are still visible - two in front of the American Legion Post 218 on S. Main Street, one on Route 4 near Garden Manor Retirement Village, and another one across Route 4 from Garden Manor by the church.