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"The centennial of World War One offers an opportunity for people in the United States
to learn about and commemorate the sacrifices of their predecessors."

from The World War One Centennial Commission Act, January 14, 2013

World War One was a watershed in American history. The United States' decision to join the battle in 1917 "to make the world safe for democracy" proved pivotal in securing allied victory — a victory that would usher in the American Century. 

Camp Zachary TaylorDuring the war's duration, places all across the nation had various roles in the prosecution of the war effort. After the war, memorials—from simple honor rolls, to Doughboy sculptures, to grandiose architectural ensembles—were erected throughout the US.  Places and structures were named in honor of men, women, organizations, and even animals who served with distinction during the war.  Libraries and museums were established to house the artifacts and documents related to the great war.  Many of the facilities and structures that were important during the war have faded into obscurity, or are gone, but many remain.
Each of these places has a story to tell about the nation's struggle during World War One.  This nationwide inventory during the Centennial Commemoration of the Great War seeks to identify, document, and preserve the knowledge of all these places.

You can submit information on a place that played a role during the war, or plays a role now in preserving the history of the nation's war effort.  Click here to submit information about significant places that are not in the database, or to correct information about a place already recorded.

See here for more information on the country's World War One memorials and monuments, and efforts intended to raise public awareness of the presence, and in many cases, sadly, the plight of these historic monuments and memorials, or to submit a Monument or Memorial to the database.


World War Memorial

333 Washington St

Dedicated on November 11th, 1958 and located right outside of Brookline's town hall, this memorial recognizes individuals from Brookline who served and who lost their lives serving in the armed forces of the United States. Specifically, the memorial lists the names of those who were killed in action during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The inscription in the center of the memorial reads: "Dedicated to the men and women of Brookline who served their country in the armed forces of the United States of America in time of war and in loving memory of those who gave their lives." On the viewer's lefthand side of the memorial are the names of those killed in action during World War II. On the viewer's righthand are the names of those killed in action during World War I (left panel), the Vietnam War (right panel, top), and the Korean War (right panel, bottom).

Pauline St and Walden St

While searching in the Boston Globe newspaper archives on that newspapers internet archive, I found a story from the newspaper published on 20 September 1920 which mentions the unveiling of a memorial on the lawn of a state building in Wintrop, Massachusetts. The memorial was raised by the Special Aid Society for American Preparedness and was placed in front of the Edward B Newton School.


Federal Building Plaques

154 Waianuenue Avenue

Eleven bronze plaques, each with the name of a WWI service member who died during World War I, lie at the feet of palm trees that line two sides of the Hilo Federal Building.

The main part of the building was completed in 1917. From the little we have been able to learn about the memorial, AMVETS planted 17 trees on Veterans Day of 1922 in honor of those killed in action in WWI. Presumably, these men were born on Hawai'i County but little information is available. We do not know if there were more plaques originally.

The names of the individuals listed on the plaques are: James B. Todd, Joseph S. Botelho,George Washburn, Henry K. Umuiwe, Frank Aki, Charles Kailoa Levy Waikoikala,Frank C. Viera, Jr., James Nahale, Thomas Smith, T.P. Williams. Some plaques include the date and place of death, but others provide no information.

Several died at the front, one died at sea, others died in Hilo or on Oahu. The plaques are difficult to read and have not been tended well. Because the plaques and trees are not clustered together, it is difficult for passersby to notice them or to identify them as a memorial unless they stop and read the information carefully. There is a plaque set back from the street that honors a director of the National Park Service who did not apparently serve in WWI, which seems odd. One of our chapter members works in the building and noticed the plaques. 



Doughboy Monument

School Street, Route 12

Located at the intersection of West Street and School Street (US Route 12) in Winchendon, Massachusetts. Monument was fully refurbished in 1998. My Dad was responsible for the renovation. There is a time capsule placed under the base of the monument. The monument is one of the stops along the parade route each Memorial Day.

179 Eastford Road

It was originally dedicated in 1947 on the centennial of Eastford. It was rededicated on November 11, 2013.
Before the rededication, only the stone with the plaques was in the middle of a patch of green grass, bushes, and trees. One year before the rededication, construction started to install the stone wall, path, pillars, and service branch plaques.
It has all names of veterans from Eastford since World War I.
The installation and construction of the renovated monument cost over $26,000 and was completely paid for by Chris Bowen to honor his father who was a WWII veteran.
The flag is flown 24/7 and is properly illuminated with lights at night.


Soldiers' Monument

23 Center Street

Soldiers' Monument consists of a granite Neo-classical Revival pedestal and figure of a soldier. The monument was erected in 1906. It was officially unveiled on May 30, 1907. The supplier of this monument was Thomas F. Jackson. The plaque facing south on the monument lists World War I names. The plaque on the north has the badge of the G.A.R.
There were a $1,000 provided by the General Assembly and $1,000 was also raised within the community. The principal orator during the erection of the monument was Reverend Sherrod Soule from Naugutuck. The plaque with the World War I names were added in 1920. The 1920 plaque is also the only one with some decoration, which consists of vertical lines of anthemia on each side.


Veterans Memorial Park

253 Main Street

There are three granite stones located right to the Ansonia City Hall with the names of all those who served in Ansonia separated by each major conflict from World War 1 through the Vietnam War on a black granite plaque in the center of the stones. The two smaller stones that are 6 feet 6 inches tall have the names on them and then the bigger middle stone has a dedication written on it. The stone with the War 1 Memorial is 6 feet across as well. This memorial was dedicated in 1999. 
The middle stone with the dedication says "Lest We Forget" at the top then under that it says "This memorial is dedicated by the grateful citizens of the city of Ansonia to preserve and honor the memory of all those brave men and women who served our country so selflessly in time of conflict."

GPS Location: 41° 20.563′ N, 73° 4.679′ W


Monroe Green World War I Monument

610 Monroe Turnpike

There are names of those who served in World War I dedicated on the monument in the Monroe Green. The World War I monument on the Monroe Green is located in Monroe, Connecticut, 610 Monroe Turnpike. The style of the monument is simplistic and very straight forward showing the names of the people who served in World War I from Monroe. The town of Monroe helps maintain it throughout the year. The style is simplistic, very straight forward and to the point. It notes those who served in WW1 from Monroe. The size of the bolder is 17.5 inches wide by 22 inches tall. It was built in 1931. There is no actual cost to maintain the monument; the town does maintain the grass around the monument and they put up benches and flowers around the monument for a nice visualization. The architectural design is on the rocky country side.

279 Derby Avenue
West Haven

The 102nd Infantry Regiment Memorial, 26th Yankee Division just celebrated their 100th anniversary on September 9th. The memorial was constructed August 9, 1942 by the New Haven Chapter Yankee Division Veterans Association. The regiment is where the New Haven Grays were formed. Today the memorial continues to serve as an active National Guard Reserve Unit.

45 S Main St

The Town Hall WWI Memorial contains over 500 names of soldiers from Wallingford who fought in the Great War. The monument is part of a 3 piece memorial commemorating World War I and The Korean War.


WWI Honor Roll - Wenonah

East Manua & Southeast Avenues
United States

This World War I Honor Roll memorial consists of an irregularly shaped boulder with the bronze honor roll plaque mounted to its sloping front face.  The plaque has a molded frame with a US seal centered at the top.  It reads, "Dedicated to the men of Wenonah who answered their country's call in the World Wa4r, 1917-1918." 

One soldier was killed in the war - Alfred J. Holeton.  His name appears first, followed by an alphabetical listing of those from Wenonah who served. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office


War Memorial - Swedesboro

Borough Hall, 1500 Kings Highway
United States

The Swedesboro World War I honor roll plaque has recently been remounted on a consolidated war memorial brick wall next to the Borough Hall.  The bronze plaque is topped by an eagle with wings outstretched standing on a bas relief depiction of a boulder which reads, "For God and Country."  The boulder image is flanked by US soldiers on the right battling a group of enemy soldiers with cannons on the left side.  The plaque reads, "In Grateful Tribute to those of our community who served under the colors for God and Humanity in the World War." 

The list of local men who served comprises the rest of the long, rectangular plaque.  The names of those who died in the war are marked by a star. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

100 Davidson Avenue

This memorial, which also contains sections for World War 2 and Viet Nam, is located next to the fire station in downtown Woodland.


Beaverton Veterans Memorial Park

12500 SW Allen Blvd

This park contains many different memorials commemorating service in World War 1, including one for submariners and one for Medal of Honor recipients from all wars. The park is also home to many more monuments and memorials unrelated to World War 1, including Oregon's first Vietnam War Memorial.


Kittitas County War Memorials

504 Main Street

November 11, 1922

This restored memorial plaque honors those from Kittitas County who died in service during World War 1. The picture gallery contains photos of other memorials (for WW2, Vietnam, and Korea) also located at the Kittitas County Court House, as well as a photo of the old court house before it was demolished in 1955.


Roslyn Veterans Cemetery

Intersection of Memorial Rd and W Montana Ave
Cle Elum

This veterans' cemetery (actually composed of 25 separate cemeteries) is located just outside Roslyn, WA and contains a memorial for those "who made the supreme sacrifice" during WW1. Machine guns originally stood where the flower pots are in the above photo, but they were stolen in the 1990s. The photo gallery contains closeups of the memorial, a photo of the cemetery in general, and a photo of a board showing historical information about the cemetery.

East 3rd and Dempsey Avenue

November, 2011

Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

City memorial park consisting of inscribed black granite.  Names of service members who died in service are inscribed on main tablets.  Eight names from WW1 are listed here.  Names and information of others that served are inscribed on adjacent tablets.  

Inscription:  “All Gave Some, Some Gave All….In This Hallowed Place We Remember The Sons and Daughters of Butts County Who Died So That Liberty Might Live”

Bosworth St. and Reese Park Drive

Photos courtesy of George Hooks

Spirit of the American Doughboy”
Bronze Plaque on base of statue: “Sumter County affectionately remembers her sons who died, and those who offered themselves, as willing sacrifices in the cause of our country. 1917*World War*1918.

The original statue was created in Americus by artist E. M. Viquesney at the behest of the residents of Berrien County, and stands in Nashville, Georgia. The current Americus statue is a copper copy which stood in downtown Americus on Lee at Lamar Streets from 1921 to 1947. More than 150 copies of the popular original from Nashville were mass-produced during the 1920s and 1930s, and stand in communities across Georgia and the nation.

Corner of Main and Barnesville Streets
United States

Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

Granite memorial on the grounds of the Pike County Courthouse. Nine names from WW1 are listed on this monument.

Inscription: Dedicated to the everlasting memory of those from Pike County who gave their lives in the service of their country in World Wars I and II Korea and Vietnam. Erected by American Legion Post no. 197.

200 Courthouse Square

Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

Granite memorial adjacent to the historic 1825 Fayette County Courthouse.
It honors those that died in WW1, WWII, Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Three names are listed for WW1.

Inscription: Erected by the citizens of Fayette County in honor of our veterans who served in the armed forces of the United States of American and as a lasting memorial to these gallant servicemen who gave their lives that we may live in peace. The emblems of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars all are inscribed.


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