NYC - Chinatown: Kimlau Square - Kimlau War Memorial
Located at the intersection of Oliver Street, East Broadway, the Bowery, and Park Row, Kimlau Square stands at the center of Chatham Square. In 1961, a local law named this island within Chatham Square in recognition of the contributions of Lt. Kimlau and the veterans post.
Standing at the head of Oliver Street, This granite ceremonial gateway with a peaked roof honors Chinese-American soldiers who died during World War II. Dedicated April 28, 1962, this monument designed by Poy G. Lee (1900-1968) was a gift of the Lieutenant B.R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291. The post’s headquarters are located nearby at 191-193 Canal Street. The monument and post are named after Second Lieutenant Benjamin Ralph Kimlau (1918–1944),a former resident of the neighborhood, was a B-25 pilot in th US Army Air Corps. He was shot down over New Guinea in 1944.
The memorial’s Asian-inspired architecture reflects the character of the area, in the center of Manhattan’s Chinese community. Inscribed on the nearly 18-foot 9-inch high arch is a dedication in both English and dedication in both English and Chinese: “In Memory of the Americans of Chinese Ancestry who lost their Lives in Defense of Freedom and Democracy.” The arch serves as the site of an annual celebration to honor war veterans.