The 101st Army Airborne Division Memorial commemorates the men of the 101st Airborne Division, popularly known as the "Screaming Eagles." A large bronze eagle with its wings uplifted proudly symbolizes the 101st which valiantly served this nation during World War II, the Vietnam War, and which continues to serve today. The campaigns in which the 101st participated in during World War II and Vietnam are listed on its gray granite base, which is emblazoned on all sides with the division's insignia.
Also inscribed on the base is the often-quoted phrase of Major General William C. Lee, who predicted on August 19, 1942, that the 101st "has no history but has a rendezvous with destiny."
Behind the statue, architect Harold J. Schaller and sculptor Bernhard Zukerman placed a low semicircular wall of granite on which the various areas of action of the Division are noted.
The monument was the scene of memorial services for the 101st following the death of the 248 members of the Screaming Eagles who were killed when their transport plane crashed in Gander, Newfoundland in December 1985.
By AlbinoFlea @ 2006-03-17 00:21:27