|Memorial Tablets in
The two bronze memorial tablets in the Chevalier
Auditorium were designed by the distinguished sculptor,
Emilius Ciampa of Medford. The plaque on the left of
stage, bearing a profile of Godfrey Chevalier, reads as
“In war and in peace, he lived, tried, conquered and
died – a gentleman unafraid. He died as an eagle would
die, eyes front, wings outstretched – in flight. Such
men exalt their uniform and their service, and their
souls wing their way to their Great Commander still
About the Artist and Sculptor
Emilius Ciampa, born in Italy in 1896, immigrated with
his family to the United States as a small child in the
early 1900’s. He attended public schools in the North
End of Boston and his artistic talent was recognized
early in his childhood.
Following his discharge from the military in World War
I, Ciampa established a studio and plant in Florida.
Three years later, when the company was destroyed by a
hurricane, Emilius Ciampa relocated to Medford in 1928.
Monuments and Plaques
Angel of Victory and Peace
in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford
New England is fortunate to have many of his memorial
monuments and plaques dedicated to those who have
distinguished themselves in community, nation or the
world. The Esplanade on the Charles is the site of many
of Ciampa’s work: the Fiedler plaque, the Boston
University bridge plaque, the Storrow Memorial, and the
Tobin statue near the Hatch Shell. The most elaborate of
his World War memorial monuments are those in Mount Hope
Here in Medford, we have the best known of his World War
memorial monuments: the Supreme Sacrifice and
Angel of Victory and Peace in Oak Grove Cemetery.
His memorial plaques in Tufts Square, the Chevalier
Auditorium memorial tablets, the Amelia Earhart plaque
at the Mystic River Dam and many other works are his
legacy to the City of Medford.