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.
During 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.
The sculpture was unveiled by two GoldStar mothers, Mrs. Charles V. Leach and Mrs. Cordelia Cater, after whose sons the Olympia posts of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars were named. The dedication address was presented by Stephen F. Chadwick, national chairman of the American Legion’s Americanism Committee.
The bronze sculpture features a 12-foot tall figure of Winged Victory surrounded by the figures of a soldier, a sailor, a marine, and a Red Cross nurse.
The War Memorial, located at 101 North Gay Street, Baltimore, MD, honors and serves all veterans of Maryland. The building serves as a place of remembrance for fallen soldiers and as an administrative office for veteran’s outreach organizations. The War Memorial Commission was created under both State and City law to operate the War Memorial building. The Commission has custody and supervision of the War Memorial Building and the War Memorial Plaza.
The Victory Monument honors the Eighth Regiment of the Illinois National Guard, an African-American unit that served in France during World War I. It is located in the Black Metropolis-Bronzeville District in the Douglas community area of Chicago, Illinois. It was designated a Chicago Landmark on September 9, 1998. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 30, 1986. An annual Memorial Day ceremony is held at the monument.
221 1st Ave S Ste 300, Long Prairie, MN 56347
May 31, 1920
Clarence H. Johnston, John K. Daniels
Directly in front of the historic Todd County Courthouse is a monument dedicated to the memory of the soldiers and sailors who died in the service of their country. In 1918 William E. Lee approached the county commissioners and offered to build the monument at his own personal expense. The specifications were drawn up by Clarence H. Johnston, architect; and the sculpture was done by John K. Daniels, St. Paul.
Tranquil grove of coastal redwoods, surrounding a granite rock inscribed with the names of local casualties of World War I. Three-sided boulder known as the Gold Star Mothers Rock is inscribed with the names of 748 local men and 13 women who died in the war. Originally planned for a spot near the War Memorial Opera House, the stone was added to the grove in 1932.
Also Includes a small meadow with the Doughboy memorial and flagpoles at its western edge. The date of its creation is unknown, but it is visible on the 1935 aerial photograph.
"In memory of our American soldiers"
A monument dedicated to A Bartlett King 107th Engineers 32nd Division who died in France October 7th 1918. He was the former leader of Boy Scout Troop No.1 in Marquette MI. This monument was built by the Boy Scout Troop on Sugarloaf Mountain near Marquette MI. A short .5 mile hike up to the Sugarloaf Mountain look out also yields great views of the Lake Superior shore line and Marquette MO.
There are 2 trails one easier with steps and one more difficult. The trail head is located off County Road 550. About 3 miles north of Marquette.
The Michigan Veterans Memorial recognizes the sacrifices of Michigan men and women who served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.
The memorial was dedicated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 11, 1982, by Michigan's Veteran Organizations and Auxiliaries.
The monument was erected to honor the men who trained for World War One at Camp Greene. The most striking feature is a tall fluted column with an elaborate carving at the top holding the earth. The column stands on a large granite plinth on a triple base with inscriptions naming all the units stationed at the camp. The south face also has the spinning wheel insignia of the Daughters of the American Revolution above the inscription. It is surrounded by a black wrought iron fence.
215 South Galena Avenue
Located on a quarter-acre triangular plot of land, this monument is a fifteen by five foot obelisk of Alabama limestone. It stands across the street from what was the entrance to the 42nd Division's World War I training grounds at Camp Mills on the Hempstead Plains of Long Island.
Inscribed on it are a lone bugler standing in a military cemetery, a list of the units that made up the Rainbow Division, the states they came from, and the names of the World War I campaigns in which they fought.
The monument was originally dedicated in 1941, rededicated in a 1997 ceremony, and rededicated again in 2005.
An impressive World War I Honor Roll consisting of 23 brass plaques is installed in the Morristown/Morris Township Library along the west wing balcony railing. Designed by noted Philadelphia iron artist, Samuel Yellin, known as the “Tiffany of metalwork,” it was originally installed in the Library’s 1917 building in 1926. When the library expanded in 1930, the railing was moved to the current “new” Reference Room.
The memorial consists of 25 brass panels placed side-by-side including a dedicatory proclamation, and the names of Morristown residents who served in the war.
(Yellin was responsible for much of the structural ironwork in the original Library building, and also designed an iron fire screen for the 1930 addition.)
Narrative adapted from the Samuel Yellin Collection of the University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives.
115 S. Moose St.
Courthouse in Conway County, Arkansas.
20 Magnolia St.
Courthouse in Cleveland County, Arkansas.
Town Square in the city of Berryville, Arkansas.
Courthouse in Columbia County, Arkansas.
511 N. Main St.
Sculpted by John Paulding, "Over-The-Top!" sits outside the Craighead County Courthouse.
3' x 4' Bronze Plaque dedicated to the WWI & WWII veterans of Chinese Ancestry whom made the supreme sacrifice. Located in St. Mary's Park (Square) in San Francisco Chinatown. The Plaque was a joint venture of the American Legion, Cathay Post #384 and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Chinatown Post #4618 back in the early 50s. Money was raised thru a community fundraiser then.
Memorial Day annual services are still ongoing except when the park was under renovation for two years back in 2003-4.
351 22ND AVE
San Francisco, CA, 94121