A plaque on the right side of the base lists the names of those who gave their lives. A plaque on the left contains an Abraham Lincoln quotation, and a plaque on the back lists the locations of thirteen WWI battles. The two sections of a low wall near the street contain the words, “VETERANS” and “MEMORIAL“. A plaque just in front of the Doughboy is dedicated to those who lost their lives in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
The World War I doughboy monument that is now at VFW Post 1308 was originally located in Riverside Park. In this photo, the old Union Station can be seen in the background. The East End Improvement Association originally raised funds for the memorial and its upkeep. Subject to vandalism, the monument was moved to the VFW post in 1975, where it was re-dedicated. The train station, which was razed in 1956, was unique because it was built to resemble the shape of the locomotive. This photo was submitted by Mildred Miller of Alton.