The J. Wilbur Randolph Post of the American Legion was organized in the late summer months of 1919 by honorably discharged veterans of World War I. The post was named in memory of the first resident of Ellwood City to make the ultimate sacrifice in that war.
The Legion turned an undesirable triangle of land into a fitting memorial park located at Fourth Street and Spring Avenue. Legion Park was dedicated to the fifteen local men that died in World War I. As part of the tribute, a Norway maple tree was planted for each of the lost soldiers with a granite marker bearing the soldiers name. A captured German Trench mortar was placed at the base of the flag pole at the park dedication on November 11, 1923.
Additional Memorials have been added since 1923 including an impressive monument “In Honor and Memory of All that Served World War II”. This monument also lists the men and women that died defending us in World War II. Additional monuments include a Pearl Harbor monument in remembrance of December 7th, 1941 and a memorial “In Memory of Ellwood City Area Men and Women Who Served in the Korean War”. This monument lists the eight local men who did not return from Korea including John Walczak, Ralph Taylor, John Bonzo, Gerald Book, Sam Ierino, Dan Hawke, William Francis, & Thad Wiegel.