The corner of State Street at Glenwood park avenue was an empty lot with a rotting stump in the summer of 1999. John Ferguson led the charge to establish a memorial for the veterans of WWII. With a committee of committed veterans and a committed contractor, Frank ‘Stumpy’ Whipple, Dahlkemper Landscape Architects and Contractors developed plans to provide a fitting site for the memorial on this corner. This is just across the street from Veterans Stadium, a memorial in honor of those serving in WWI.
The completed memorial looking from the south.
The WWII mémorial courtyard as seen from the entry at State Street. With this memorial, the concept of a Veterans Park was born and other memorials for Korea and Vietnam have since been installed.