This memorial is dedicated to Kearny residents killed in WWI. It consists of a tall Vermont granite shaft topped with a sphere & a bronze eagle with outstretched wings.
Projecting from the bottom front of the shaft is a pedestal with an inscribed plaque.
Atop the pedestal stands a bronze statue of a woman in classical dress, her arms partially extended from her sides.
The other three sides of the shafts have granite reliefs of World War I military operations. The back panel depicts two fighters in a dogfight. One side panel shows warships firing on a surfacing submarine. And the other side panel features several doughboys charging out of a trench.
The memorial was erected by the American Legion, Frobisher Post, with $11,000 of personal donations and $14,000 supplied by the town government. It was unveiled on May 27, 1922 by General Pershing!
Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000159.
Photos courtesy of: NJ State Historic Preservation Office