Navy Memorial Plaza at
The mission of the Memorial is to
- Educate visitors about the vital role of Navy Pier and Chicagoland and its people in America’s Sea Service heritage and history
- Honor the men and women of the United States Navy and the Sea Services—past, present and future
- Provide a setting for Sea Service ceremonies and celebrations
- Inspire young people to service
The Naval Memorial is proposed for the south end of Gateway Park in front of Navy Pier. The Memorial Plaza’s central feature will be a dramatic sculpture of a ship’s bow, set in a basin of moving water. The ship’s bow will be 45 feet high with a 35 foot wide stern. It will be surrounded by a plaza area featuring the Lone Sailor statue, a granite map of the Great Lakes region, and numerous plaques, inscriptions and images which together will tell the compelling story of the Pier’s, the City’s and the Region’s tremendous contributions to our nation’s Sea Service history and present-day strength.
SOAR welcomes this memorial and agrees that the park area near the entrance to Navy Pier is an ideal place for a memorial to honor the men and women of the United States Navy and the importance that Navy Pier has played in the history of Chicago. The residents of Streeterville are very proud of Navy Pier, and proud of the fact that our neighborhood literally rose from the waters many years ago. Connecting the history of our city and our neighborhood to the waterways and the men and women who protect and serve on them, is an admirable undertaking and we support the efforts to bring a Navy Memorial to this area.