Monday, May 27, 2013

War Memorials: WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam War

Five Kansas City Area War Memorials
a3Genealogy challenges each of you to share a list of your favorite local War Memorials. We all can name the national memorials - even the WWI Liberty Memorial in Kansas City - but all across America, in large cities, suburbs, and rural towns, the watchful eye can spot war memorials honoring our veteran ancestors. Some are dedicated to a specific war, or troop, others provide a running list of town veterans or those who lost their lives serving our country. These not-so known memorials most often display veteran’s names, but some are structures of “salute” inviting the community to learn more of local troops. Here are five of our favorites.

1.  Korean-Vietnam War Memorial in Kansas City, KS (Wyandotte County Lake, 91st and Leavenworth Rd). Visit for additional memorial photos.  Dedicated 1988.

2.  Korean War Veterans Memorial, located in Overland Park, Ks. on 119th/Lowell St, honors 412  fallen and missing soldiers of the Korean War. Dedicated 2006.

3.  Rosedale WWI Memorial Arch. Although we no longer think of Rosedale, KS as a small town, in the 1920’s it truly was the home of a small community on the outskirts of Kansas City. This Arc de Triomphe style memorial sits high on a hill over the Rosedale neighborhood to remind us of the veterans of the 42nd Rainbow Division of WWI. Later names of Vietnam and Korean veterans from Rosedale were added.  It is on memorials like these that we may find our veteran ancestor’s names. Dedicated in 1924.
Rosedale WWI Memorial Arch

4.  The Buffalo Soldier Monument in Ft. Leavenworth celebrates the 9th and 10th all black Calvary Regiments best noted for the Indian Wars. Dedicated in 1992.

5.  Spanish-American War Memorial, The Hiker, in Kansas City at Penn Valley Park. As mentioned earlier some of the memorials are monuments/structures that invite the community to remember ancestral involvement in a war. Names of veterans who served in the Spain-American War, the Philippine Insurrection and China Relief expedition of 1898-1902 are not provided on this memorial. (1947).

Happy Memorial Day.

Kathleen Brandt
Accurate, Accessible, Answers (AAA)


  1. Kathleen this is a FABULOUS article and I must thank you for the challenge! I'm definitely going to look into what local war memorials are right here in my area that I know absolutely nothing about!

  2. Love this challenge and I will search my local area here and share what I find. Great article!!