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This monument stands on the grounds where Major Bland drilled many times before leaving for the battle fields of France.

Bland Memorial Historic & Dedicatory Monuments of Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri, Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners February, 1987

Location —East side of Gillham Road at 42nd Street
Designer —Unknown

Dedicated —November 7, 1936

Description
Base
Height – 1 foot
Length – 3 feet
Width – 3 feet

Height – 4 feet
Length – 2 feet
Width – 2 feet

Red granite with 18 inch by 24 inch bronze plaque

Major William J. Bland was a Rhodes scholar and member of a prominent Kansas City family. This monument stands on the grounds where Major Bland drilled many times before leaving for the battle fields of France.

The bronze table attached to the monument reads as follows:

TO THE MEMORY OF
MAJOR WILLIAM J. BLAND
1ST BATTALION
356TH INFANTRY - 89TH DIVISION

KILLED IN ACTION SEPTEMBER 12
1918, DURING THE ST. MIHIEL
OFFENSIVE IN FRANCE

A NOBEL MAN, A BRAVER WARRIOR
LIVES NOT THIS DAY WITHIN
THE CITY WALLS.

DEDICATED BY
WILLIAM J. BLAND POST
AMERICAN LEGION