Cuyahoga County

Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument

Welcome to Cuyahoga County's Civil War Monument

The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument commemorates the American Civil War; it consists of a 125' column surrounded at its base by a Memorial Room and esplanade. The column, topped with a statue of the Goddess of Freedom, defended by the Shield of Liberty, signifies the essence of the Nation for which Cuyahoga County veterans were willing to and did give their lives. Four bronze groupings on the esplanade depict, in battle scenes, the Navy, Artillery, Infantry and Cavalry.

Inside the Memorial Room are four bronze relief sculptures: Women's Soldiers' and Sailors' Aid Society, Beginning of the War in Ohio, Emancipation of the Slaves and End of the War at City Point, Va., as well as busts of Gen. James Barnett and Architect/ Sculptor Levi T. Scofield, together with 6 officers, who were either killed in action, or died of disease or their wounds.

July 4th Flag Planting

Please plant a flag along our

Court of Honor flower beds in

recognition of the veterans listed in

The Cuyahoga County

Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument

who fought to preserve the

union we celebrate today.

Tie a ribbon and tag to the flag to honor your special veteran.

Enjoy a complimentary snack to celebrate the 128th Anniversary of the Monument’s dedication on

July 4th, 1894.

What is Going on Out There!?!

You may be asking what is happening outside the Monument this Summer. It is a cleaning technique called a nebulous sprayer.

What's happening is soft water is continuously sprayed on the Monument drawing the contaminants out of the stone and allowing us to clean the surface for a fresh clean look.

This is a very slow process and will take all Summer to complete. At the same time we are taking out the old caulking on our steps and walkways and resealing the entire upper esplanade. This will include some patch work and will keep the water our of our basement for about 5 to 10 years.

If you would like to see more images of what is going on and updates follow this link.

Memorial Day Ceremony

Date: May 30, 2022

Time: 11:00 am - Noon

Location: Northwest Steps of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument at 3 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44114

Please see this year's Memorial Day Ceremony honoring traditional Decoration Day in accordance with G.A.R. General Order 11 and the laying of wreaths in the YouTube video above. We were honored to have keynote speaker Rear Admiral Duret S. Smith, M.D., Retired and VFW State Chaplain Major Christopher Zurawski providing our invocation and benediction.

Court of Honor Surplus Stone Donation

Used granite pavers of various sizes and granite curb stones are available for donation to qualifying not for profit corporations or government organizations which must: Be able to pick up and transport the materials from storage; and be willing to provide acceptable permanent signage recognizing the Monument as the source. The supply has been partially distributed, about half of the stone shown in the video remains.

Click Here for more information on author Lauren Pacini's book Honoring Their Memory: Levi Scofield, Cleveland's Monumental Architect and Sculptor

New Day Cleveland Downtown Road Trip

Thank you to Fox8's David Moss and New Day Cleveland for stopping by the Monument on their Downtown Road Trip. Watch the segment on YouTube where the Moss-man talks with Executive Director Greg Palumbo about our Cleveland treasure.