|Over the arch is engraved "Lest We Forget," the theme and purpose of the monument. Various plaques list the names of Gouverneur's first settlers from 1805-1807, and local residents who lost their lives during the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
The bronze eagle on top of the arch was not part of the original design. It was a contribution by Jennie Dean in 1906. In 1911, the roof top of the arch was repaired to prevent water from leaking into the structure and funds were raised to light the arch and eagle with over 280 colored lights.
The 5 foot high, 9 foot span, over 570 lb bronze eagle was pushed off its perch in August 1988 by three young vandals causing over $17,000 of damage. The Tribune Press led a community fund raising campaign for repairs. Conservator, Douglass D. Kwart, Yonkers was contracted for the Monumental repairs.