I had never noticed this small memorial along the trail before. The plaque said: "In honor of those who served in the 10th Mountain Division. The 87th Mountain Infantry from which the 10th Mountain Division was formed, trained at Paradise, Mt. Rainier National Park in skiing and mountaineering during the winter of 1941-1942. The 10th Mountain Division spearheaded the final battles in Italy during World War II by taking Riva Ridge & Mt. Belvedere in the Apennines, first to break into the Po Valley, cutting Hiway 9 to Lake Garda, which blocked the escape route to the Brenner Pass in the Alps, leading to the end of World War II in Italy, May 2, 1945."