The two-acre War Memorial Park located on Fair Oaks Avenue provides a site for the two-story 12,000 square feet War Memorial building.
The War Memorial building was built in 1921 and is identified as a city cultural heritage landmark. The building was built on the former Oak Lawn Park with funding from city bonds and donations from the American Legion. The upper floor of the building includes a kitchen and a large multi-purpose room for dancing, meetings, banquets and other activities for groups up to 200 people. The lower consists of smaller rooms, storage and restroom facilities.
In 1921, Marshal Ferdinand Foch laid the cornerstone of the building. In 1923, General John J. Pershing planted a redwood tree on the grounds. The building is #2 on South Pasadena's Register of Cultural Heritage Landmarks. North of the building, grounds are dedicated for a landscaped memorial garden.
The Elk On The Trail is a World War I memorial to Massachusetts Elks who died in World War I.
A 8' high bronze statue of an elk stands on a 3' high rough cut granite base behind a 4' high fenced in area. The elk holds his head high and has a full rack of antlers. The elk was cast at the Gorham Manufacturing Company of Providence, RI. Sculpted by Eli Harvey, the memorial was dedicated on June 17, 1923.
The plaque reads:
THE ELK ON THE TRAIL
IN MEMORY OF
THE BROTHERS OF THE
WHO DIED IN THE WORLD WAR
ERECTED BY THE ASSOCIATION
17TH JUNE 1923.
This memorial consists of a uniformed World War I soldier in a charging position, going "over the top", standing atop a stone boulder. The soldier wears a helmet and holds his rifle on his proper right side, thrust forward at the ready.
The inscription reads:
THIS STATUE ERECTED BY GRATEFUL PARENTS OF SOLDIER SONS IN HONOR OF THOSE LIVING AND DEAD WHO SERVED IN THE WORLD WAR.
This boulder from the foot of round top, Battlefield of Gettysburg