Today in History: Construction Begins on The War Memorial

66 Years Ago: On October 22nd 1949, ground was broken on the block surrounded by Adams, State, and Harrison Street for a $3.7 million ($34 million today) sports and entertainment building as a memorial to war Veterans. It was completed in 1951 and eventually the names of 1,600 county residents who died in the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and Korea as well as 50,000 others who served were inscribed in the memorial. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. There is an exhibit on the military history of Onondaga County on display in the War Memorial courtesy of the Onondaga Historical Association.

–Daniel Connors, of the OHA

Some notable acts that have performed at the War Memorial:

  • Frank Sinatra
  • Dean Martin
  • Jerry Lewis
  • Duke Ellington
  • The Flamingos
  • Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Chuck Berry
  • Bill Haley
  • Ray Charles
  • Pete Seeger
  • Johnny Cash
  • Bob Hope
  • Rolling Stones
  • The Beach Boys
  • James Brown
  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Led Zeppelin
  • The Who
  • Neil Diamond
  • Black Sabbath
  • Elton John
  • Deep Purple
  • Steve Miller Band
  • ZZ Top
  • Frank Zappa
  • Aerosmith
  • Elvis
  • Billy Joel
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Chicago
  • The Cars
  • The Kinks
  • Def Leppard