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U.S. World War One Centennial Commission and The Pritzker Military Museum and Library Announce the Final 50


Los Angeles’ Memorial Coliseum, Chicago’s Soldier Field, San Francisco's War Memorial Veterans Building and Opera House and Washington DC’s Pershing Park, All Part of the Official 100 “WW1 Centennial Memorials”

CHICAGO, IL, April 5 – On the eve of the 101st Anniversary of the United States entering World War 1, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library announced today the final 50 WW1 Memorials to be awarded grants and honored with the official national designation as "WW1 Centennial Memorials".

All 100 memorials, in all 100 cities have now been designated including such national landmarks as: Chicago’s "Soldier Field", LA’s "Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum", San Francisco’s “War Memorial Veterans Building and Opera House”, Honolulu’s "Natatorium" and Washington, D.C.’s “National World War I Memorial at Pershing Park”. In addition, many smaller local community projects are being recognized such as: Scranton Pennsylvania’s “Col. Frank Duffy Memorial Bridge and Park”, Cape May, New Jersey’s "Soldier and Sailors Monument", Ocean Springs, Mississippi’s "Emile Ladnier WWI Memorial," and North Carolina's NC State University “Memorial Belltower”, to name just a few. The newly-designated memorials are in 37 different states and each will receive a $2,000 matching grant, towards the restoration, conservation and maintenance of these local historical treasures.

The 100 Cities / 100 Memorials program, sponsored by the US World War One Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library with support from the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars have now awarded $200,000 in matching grants and designated 100 memorials in 100 cities as official "WW1 Centennial Memorials".

“More than 4 million American families sent their sons and daughters to serve in uniform during World War I, 116,516 U.S. soldiers died in the war and another 200,000 were wounded,” said Terry Hamby, commissioner of the United States World War One Centennial Commission. “100 Cities/100 Memorials is a critically important initiative that will have an impact beyond these grants. These memorials represent an important part of remembering our past and preserving our culture.”

"I am impressed by the community involvement that has sprung from this project.” noted Dan Dayton, Executive Director of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission. "By focusing on restoring these community treasures, local cities, veterans groups, historical society and citizens have come together to remember the community’s heritage - and that was really a key goal of the program."

Kenneth Clarke, former president and CEO of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library and the originator of the program agreed. “By designating 100 WWI memorials across the nation, we believe the breadth and scope of this initiative will have a ripple effect beyond the 100 “WWI centennial memorials”. By promoting renewed interest and focus on these monuments and memorials — as a nation, we honor the names of those who served and the history of the communities where they lived."

The profound impact of the war moved citizens in places across the United States to commemorate both the national and local sacrifices from the conflict through monuments, buildings, plaques, parks, groves, even roads and highways.

The 100 Cities/100 Memorials program was created to help draw attention to WWI memorials across the United States, and enables all of America to take part in the WWI centennial commemoration. Many of these WWI memorials have deteriorated due to the ravages of time, exposure to the elements, neglect and even vandalism.

The funds will be used to conserve, restore or improve these memorials. More important, the program is designed to raise community awareness of those who served, and provides a tangible connection to the profound impact this war had on local towns and cities, securing an important place in military history.


The 100 "World War I Centennial Memorials"

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Name of MemorialOrganization /Team CityState
Memorial ParkStewards of Memorial ParkMobileAL
101 MemorialColbert Landmarks Foundation teamed with citizen ad-hoc Steering CommitteeSheffieldAL
World War I Veterans MemorialArizona Statewide World War I Memorial Restoration TeamPhoenixAZ
Yuma Armed Forces ParkCity of Yuma and Yuma County Chamber of CommerceYumaAZ
Berkeley World War I Commemorative PlaquesBerkeley Historical Plaque ProjectBerkeleyCA
Carmel-by-the-Sea World War I Memorial ArchAmerican Legion Post 512Carmel-by-the-SeaCA
Albert Harry Bode GravesiteSierra Amador Chapter NSDARJacksonCA
Memorial Tablet at Victory Memorial GroveLos Angeles - Eschscholtzia Daughters of the American Revolution, American Legion Post 43, Disney Salutes, LA City Council District 10, City of LA Dept. of Recr. and Parks and more...Los AngelesCA
Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum CommissionLos AngelesCA
Chinese Americans War MemorialVFW Post 4618 & American Legion, Cathay Post #384 & SF Recreation & Parks DepartmentSan FranciscoCA
War Memorial Veterans Building and Opera HouseCity of San Francisco San FranciscoCA
Santa Monica Memorial Open Air TheaterSons of the American Legion Squadron 283, Pacific Palisades, CASanta MonicaCA
National World War I Memorial at Pershing ParkU.S. Foundation for the Commemoration of the World WarsWashingtonDC
Soldiers and Sailors MemorialFriends of Wilmington Parks, IncDoverDE
World War I Memorial Spiritualized LifeMemorial Park AssociationJacksonvilleFL
USS Tampa Memorial WindowUSS Tampa 100 CommitteeTampaFL
War Memorial NatatoriumHawaii WWI Centennial Task ForceHonoluluHI
WW1 Veterans MemorialClinton Historic Preservation CommissionClintonIA
Women of Iowa WWI MemorialIowa World War I Centennial CommitteeDes MoineIA
Polk County Gold Star MemorialIowa World War I Centennial CommitteeDes MoinesIA
Pierson World War I MonumentHarrison F. Pedersen Post 291, The American LegionPiersonIA
St Anthony's DoughboyCity of St AnthonySt. AnthonyID
WW1 VeteransLincoln Cemetary WW1 Memorial StoneAlsipIL
Victory Monument MemorialFriends of the 370th INF RegimentChicagoIL
Soldier FieldCity of ChicagoChicagoIL
WWI Doughboy n Veterans' ParkNeeds and Goals (NAG) of ElkhartElkhartIL
WWI Seaton/Trenatz Doughboy StatueGlen Carbon Heritage Museum CommissionGlen CarbonIL
Doughboy StatueDoughboy StatueMorton GroveIL
Guthrie Park Gold Star MemorialAmerican Legion Post #0488RiversideIL
WWI ObeliskWheaton Park DistrictWheatonIL
Winnetka Village CenotaphNew Trier Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4831WinnetkaIL
The James Bethel Gresham ArboretumEvansville CemeteriesEvansvilleIN
Memorial GroveAllen County Council Of Veteran OrganizationsFort WayneIN
The DoughboyHOPE Initiative, LLCNew CastleIN
Victory Eagle WWI MemorialKansas University Endowment AssociationLawrenceKS
Solomon War/Veterans MemorialSolomon Booster ClubSolomonKS
Patton and the US Tank CorpsPatton Battalion - USABOTFort KnoxKY
Ninth Ward Victory ArchMonumental Task Committee, Inc.New OrleansLA
Mount Greylock Veterans War Memorial TowerMassachusetts Department of Conservation and RecreationAdamsMA
Harvard World War I MonumentWar Monument Restoration CommitteeHarvardMA
Godfrey Triangle WWI MonumentIndian Orchard Citizens CouncilSpringfieldMA
Wellesley Memorial GroveWellesley Memorial Grove team (21 organization)Wellesley HillsMA
Memorial Grove at Green Hill ParkGreen Hill Park CoalitionWorcesterMA
The Grove of RemembranceFriends of the Grove (FOG)BaltimoreMD
Ft. George G. Meade WWI Memorial Descendants & Friends of the 314th Infantry A.E.F.Ft. MeadeMD
Jacob Cousins Memorial Renovation ProjectFriends of the Eastern Promenade PortlandME
The Survivor' WWI War MonumentWWI Monument Restoration Team, Beaverton, MichiganBeavertonMI
World War I Doughboy MemorialAlthenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158JacksonMO
Soldiers Memorial Military MuseumMissouri Historical Society, City of St. LouisSt. LouisMO
Emile Ladnier WW I MemorialAmerican Legion Post 42 Ocean Springs, MS.Ocean SpringsMS
Gosman MemorialAmerican Legion Post #20DillonMT
Over the Top to Victory Doughboy StatueMissoula County, The American Legion Post #27, Western MT Military Officer's AssociationMissoulaMT
1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range MemorialFriends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range, Inc.Caswell BeachNC
Memorial BelltowerNC State Memorial BelltowerRaleighNC
World War Memorial BuildingNorth Dakota World War One Centennial CommitteeBismarckND
World War I Memeorial HallFlaxton Memorial Hall Preservation CommitteeFlaxtonND
Rock of the MarneThe BC Rocks of the MarneBurlingtonNJ
Soldier and Sailors Monument "All Wars"Greater Cape May Historical SocietyCape MayNJ
The Memorial Trees at Beach ParkThe Historic Borough of Keyport, New JerseyKeyportNJ
Oradell World War One MemorialOradell Department of Public WorksOradellNJ
World War 1 MemorialVillage of RidgewoodRidgewoodNJ
Rutherford World War I MonumentBorough of RutherfordRutherfordNJ
The Men of SpringfieldThe Township of Springfield Department of Public WorksSpringfieldNJ
Baldwin (NY) World War I MemorialBaldwin Post # 246 of the American Legion - Memorial CommitteeBaldwinNY
Highbridge War Memorial Doughboy Plaque ReplicationCity of New York, NYC Parks, Art & AntiquitiesBronxNY
Kingsbridge War Memorial Bell TowerCity of New York, NYC Parks, Art & AntiquitiesBronxNY
Dover Patrol City of New York, NYC Parks, Art & AntiquitiesBrooklynNY
Governors Island World War One MemorialsKevin C. FitzpatrickBrooklynNY
Lynbrook Doughboy MemorialInc. Village of Lynbrook, New YorkLynbrookNY
WWI Centennial Room at American Legion Post 72Bob Chappelle, Bill Payne, Lisa Polay and the community of SaugertiesSaugertiesNY
Hudson WWI MemorialHudson WWI Memorial Centennial CommitteeHudsonOH
The Spirit of the American DoughboyVillage of SwantonSwantonOH
Monument to WWI U.S. AirmenLeague of World War I Aviation HistoriansWright Patterson Air Force BaseOH
Caddo County Veterans MemorialCaddo County Veterans Memorial Committee and American Legion Post 24AnadarkoOK
Fort Towson World War I MemorialCecil Evan Hopson Memorial TeamFort TowsonOK
World War 1 Veterans Memorial ParkPaul Garett American Legion Post 121GraniteOK
Muskogee DoughboyMuskogee Doughboy ProjectMuskogeeOK
World War I MonumentBorough of DanvilleDanvillePA
Lackawanna County World War I MemorialRotary Club of DunmoreDunmorePA
World War I Monument Jenkintown BoroughJenkintownPA
Col. Frank Duffy Memorial Bridge and ParkCity of ScrantonScrantonPA
American Legion Post 911 WWI MemorialAmerican Legion Post 911ShanksvillePA
Springdale Veterans Memorial FieldVFW Post#1437 Springdale, PASpringdalePA
Trafford World War I MemorialTrafford Veterans Memorial Renovation CommitteeTraffordPA
Miantonomi Memorial Park TowerMiantonomi Memorial Plaques Restoration TeamNewportRI
Dell Rapids Veterans Memorial ParkAmerican legion Post #65Dell RapidsS.D.
World War I Memorial FountainWorld War I Memorial Fountain Restoration CommitteeJacksonTN
Tennessee War Memorial BuildingTennessee State MuseumNashvilleTN
Sgt. Alvin C. York GraveSgt. York Grave ProjectPall MallTN
Brown County Texas WWI MemorialCentral Texas Veterans Memorial, IncBrownwood TX
Buffalo Soldier WWI MemorialBuffalo Soldier Museum WWI Memorial TeamHoustonTX
World War One Memorial, Veterans PlazaVeterans Recognition FoundationLongviewTX
WWI doughboy monument Weber County Historical & American Legion Post 9 Ogden Utah OgdenUT
Clarendon War MemorialArlington County, VA GovernmentArlingtonVA
World War IVFW, Pacific Post 968RaymondWA
Spirit of the American DoughboySculpture ValleyAppletonWI
Tuscania MemorialSauk County Historical SocietyBarabooWI
World War I MemorialLouis J. Ferris, President Korean War Veteran's AssociationLa CrosseWI
Nitro War MuseumThe Nitro Branding CommitteeNitroWV
Soldier's MemorialHampshire County Historical Landmarks and Preservation CommitteeRomneyWV

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