The memorial consists of a tall granite obelisk adorned at the base with a bronze sculpture depicting two WWI soldiers engaged in battle, one armed with a bayonet and the other with a cocked 45-caliber pistol. The soldiers stand on a rocky ledge and aim their weapons at the unseen enemy below them.
The bronze sculpture rests on a low granite base attached to the front of the granite obelisk. The base now contains incised lettering honoring those who gave their lives and served in each war from World War I forward, but originally only commemorated World War I.
The memorial, designed by sculptor, Gaetano Federici, was dedicated in 1930.
Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information Systems (SIRIS) inventory #77002948.
Photos courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)