Emile Ladnier World War I Memorial

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Title

Emile Ladnier World War I Memorial

Description

The memorial to Ocean Springs native Emile Ladnier, who was killed in action four days before the Armistice, comprises a bridge-top designed bronze plaque attached to a rectangular, rough-hewn, granite stele. The plaque features at top an eagle in relief that stands on a US shield. The shield is flanked on either side by a palm frond.

The memorial was erected in 1927 under the auspices of Ladnier Post No. 42 of the American Legion in front of what was then Ocean Springs High School (and is now the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Arts Center). The memorial pays tribute not only to Ladnier, but also to the "service and sacrifice of this community during the World War."

American Legion Post 42 in 2015 oversaw the refurbishment of the memorial's environs, which included landscaping, adding memorial bricks honoring living and deceased veterans who served the past 100 years (WW I, WW II, Korea, Vietnam, and Mid-East Wars), and naming the area around the memorial as Pershing Square.

Location

1600 Government Street
Ocean Springs, Jackson County, Mississippi

Contributing Institution

Richard Eckert