Bessemer veterans memorial

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The Bessemer veterans memorial was a stone monument erected in the median of the Bessemer Super Highway near the Midfield city limit by the American Legion Auxiliary on July 20, 1940. The 6-foot tall stone marker originally recognized veterans of World War I, but soon after World War II a plaque was added to recognize all veterans. Another plaque, specifically honoring veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, was added later.

The memorial was heavily damaged by an automobile accident in 2008 and subsequently removed by the Alabama Department of Transportation, which now discourages the placement of barricades in highway medians. The pieces were taken to ALDOT's storage yard on Arkadelphia Road until a decision is made about where it can be reconstructed. The plaque honoring Korea and Vietnam veterans was not found in the debris.


  • Plott, Bill (December 13, 2008) "Veterans monument removed from Bessemer Superhighway near Midfield." Birmingham News