SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse community commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Second Battle of the Marne during World War I Sunday.

It's recognized as a turning point for the U.S. and its allies, as well as an important part of the city's history.

The 38th infantry regiment who fought in the battle trained right in Syracuse.

A monument sits in Billings Park in their honor. 

And this weekend, residents came out to rededicate that monument.

The heroes became known as the ‘Rock of the Marne’ because they fought against a German army that was three times their size.

"I don't think a lot of people know that history and that's one of the reasons why we're here today, to bring attention to the amazing history of our community. It's not just local history, but it really had national implications," said Gregg Tripoli, Onondaga Historical Association executive director.

The monument went up in Billings Park 98 years ago. 

Members of the 38th infantry regiment themselves wanted it be displayed in Syracuse.