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At the end of the American Legion Mall directly in front of the national headquarters is a sunken garden and cenotaph that pay tribute to those who died in World War I. The black granite cenotaph represents the first American killed in action in the war – a Hoosier – Corporal James B. Gresham of Company F, 16th Infantry from Evansville, Indiana. The cenotaph sits in the middle of the sunken garden on a granite plaza; anchoring the corners of the plaza are black granite columns topped by large golden eagles.

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