3. East Coast Memorial

Located at the southern end of Battery Park, the East Coast Memorial is hard to miss. The Gehron and Seltzer designed memorial, which features eight towering 19-foot tall granite pylons and a soaring bronze eagle, honors the 4,601 missing American servicemen who lost their lives in the Atlantic Ocean while engaged in combat during World War II. The monument was commissioned by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) and dedicated by President John F. Kennedy on May 23, 1963.

The walls are inscribed with the names, rank, organization and state of each of the deceased. The eagle, which faces the Statue of Liberty, was sculpted by Albino Manca and set on a pedestal of polished black granite. He grips a laurel wreath over a wave which signifies the act of mourning at a watery grave.