The Zais Park Gazebo, located in Zais Park on the corner of Grant and Scott Avenues on Fort Leavenworth, was built in 1910. It has been the location of the post’s holiday tree lighting ceremonies for years. The ornament showcasing the gazebo is the 14th in the Foundation’s holiday ornament series and is available in the Foundation’s online gift shop and in-store.
The park and the gazebo are dedicated in memory of Gen. Melvin Zais (1916-1981). Zais was commissioned as a U.S. Army infantry officer in 1937 and served 37 years. He was a graduate of the CGSC Class of 1948 and also taught at the College from 1949-1952. He commanded the 101st Airborne Division, the XXIV Corps, the Third U.S. Army, and the Allied Land Forces South-Eastern Europe. Zais served in WWII and Vietnam.