Nestled in the beautiful gardens of Belfast City hall is a granite column dedicated to the American Expeditionary Force, many of whom were based in Belfast prior to D-Day . This memorial was rededicated by President Bill Clinton in 1995. It marks the first arrival of US troops into Belfast in 1942.
In 1943 this commemorative stone was unveiled bearing the crests of US Army, Marines and Navy alongside a portion of the Belfast coat of arms. A message of thanks from the US President Franklin D Roosevelt was read out to the gathering, and distinguished guests at the ceremony which included the American Forces Commander at the time of the arrival, Major General Russel P Hartle.