The statue, a just slightly larger than life American soldier, is affectionately called "The Hiker." The memorial was completed in 1949, when Cuba was still our friend and after the Philippines had been granted its independence and it contains plants transplanted from the battlefields of that conflict. I enjoyed the tasteful grace and reflection of the memorial. It reminded me of another memorial I enjoyed when I was in Washington, DC – the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial.
Like this one in California, it's tucked away on a tiny island in the Potomac River. It's just an island full of trees and hiking paths and in the center is a slightly larger than life Teddy Roosevelt statute giving a speech to the trees.