Since 1905, Bell Rock Memorial Park has commemorated Malden's veterans. This is the location of Malden's first two meeting houses and the rocky outcrop on site serves as an important landmark. In 1658, a church bell was hung from scaffolding on top of the rock and was used to call colonial worshippers. It is from this use that the name Bell Rock derived. The park also includes the bronze sculpture, "The Flag Defenders," created by Bela Pratt to pay tribute to the soldiers and sailors of the Civil War. The monument is comprised of three figures representing the three branches of government at the time: the Navy, Army and Marines. Frederick Law Olmsted, a noted landscape architect, was tasked with the layout of the park. He carefully placed the monument at the highest point while designing the pathways so that each would provide a clear view of the soldiers.
This historical park also has tablets memorializing Malden veterans of the Revolutionary, Spanish American and First World Wars. Additionally, an arch dedicated to Veterans of World War II has been restored and there are panels honoring some 8,100 residents from across the City who served their country during that War. Bell Rock Memorial Park was named to the National Register of Historic Places in February, 2001.