The first monument and sculpture to be erected in the National Memorial Arboretum, the Polar Bear memorial is a tribute to the 49th Infantry, West Riding Division. During World War II the division was stationed in Iceland and snowed in under 20 feet of snow for most of the campaign and the commanding officer called his men The Polar Bears. The name stuck and the Polar Bear on a block of ice was adopted as their mascot and shoulder flash.
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