This memorial, with its five vertical elements, stands in recognition of all veterans who served in the five wars of the Twentieth Century–World War I, World War II, Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars. The eight bronze statues remind us of the men and women of our ethnically diverse nation who served in all branches of the armed forces with honor. They are symbolized by an infantry soldier, a sailor, a nurse, a paratrooper, an air-force pilot, a medic, a tank battalion soldier, and a support service person.
The small column containing the dedication statement recognizes the often-overlooked civilian population deeply involved in the war efforts, such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, service center workers, air raid wardens and all who worked in the defense industries.
Thirty-six flags fly over the Memorial in memory of veterans from the Harlem School District who made the supreme sacrifice for their country.
The memorial is surrounded by fields of greenery to represent the peace and freedom which the veterans have fought to preserve.
The memorial conveys the highest respect and gratitude to the multitude of individuals who have served their country throughout this century, and to say that the pain of families who have lost loved ones to war is not forgotten.
The bronze statues look out on those who view this memorial as if to say they are aware of the appreciation shown to them by their countrymen and they are proud of their service to the United States of America.