The Village of Patchogue will be celebrating its 125th anniversary this year with a number of exciting events. The first is a commemorative community photo to be taken at the historic “Four Corners.” All residents of the Village of Patchogue are invited to take part in this exciting event on Sunday June 10th from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.
Similar historic photos were taken at the Four Corners in 1943 and 1993 to mark the 50th and 100th year incorporation milestones. The original 1943 photograph was taken by the Southern Brookhaven Town
Send-off and Welcome Home Committee of Patchogue. It was a morale-boosting Christmas greeting for Patchogue’s residents who were serving in the second World War. The greeting read, “the ‘four corners’ of Main Street greet our boys and girls in the ‘four corners’ of the Earth and pray for your safe return in the New Year.” It was a great source of solace and comfort to our serving G.I.’s, including one soldier who, although not a resident of the village, was even moved by the photograph to possibly build a summer home in Patchogue after the war, as noted in an article published in the November 23, 1944 issue of the “Patchogue Advance.” (http://www.nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn86071739/1944-11-23/ed-1/seq-9/).
To see more of Patchogue’s “letters from home” to its serving G.I.’s, visit the Library’s Celia M. Hastings Local History Room. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2112698155642412/ for more information on taking part in this year’s historical photo that will forever visualize the Patchogue Village’s growing and changing community right at the heart of it all, at the historic “Four Corners.”