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November 7, 1993


As America recognizes the 75th anniversary of the end of World War I, thoughts often turn to memories and anecdotes of those killed or injured in the war.

Area historians and military buffs say there are seven World War I memorials in Lawrence.

"I suspect that's about it," said Alan Fisher, a history buff and veteran of World War II.

Of the noted memorials, four are on the Kansas University campus.

Ed Kehde, a librarian in the archives at the university, described how the Kansas Memorial Union, Memorial Stadium, Jimmy Green statue and Victory Eagle statue came to be at the university.

Much of the money for the memorials was from a fund-raising drive that began in the early 1920s, he said.

Construction on Memorial Stadium began in 1921. Three years later, the Jimmy Green statue was placed in front of Lippincott Hall. Construction of the Kansas Memorial Union began in 1927 and in 1981, the Victory Eagle statue was moved to the front of Dyche Hall from it's original spot at the intersection of Kansas Highway 24 and county road 3240.

Outside the university, Lawrence boasts two additional memorials to soldiers of World War I.

Probably the one best known by Lawrence residents is what now is Central Junior High School, said Steven Jansen, a historian with the Elizabeth Watkins Community Museum.

Originally named Liberty Memorial High School, the building was built as a monument to Lawrence soldiers who fought in the war. Plaques and dedications still remain inside the structure.

The final memorial is Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 of the American Legion, Fisher said. The post was named after Eli Farrell Dorsey, a lieutenant killed during the war.

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