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.
100 N Main St.
Courthouse for Boone County, Arkansas.
1 E 7th St.
Courthouse for Baxter County, Arkansas.
The monument sits on a rotary on the main road that runs thru the park. Along the road way are Oak trees, One planted for each Bristol Volunteer that died in World War I. The Monument contains the name of every person who served from Bristol in World War I.
The lakeside Hightstown Memorial Park was dedicated on Armistice Day 1924, the result of a community fund drive to raise $25,000 to honor its veterans, following a $30,000 gift of the land by six local donors. A concrete dam, stone retaining walls, a walkway across the dam, a boat landing with steps & grading & landscaping were created.
Situated near the boat landing, a granite obelisk was placed by the American Legion Post #148 & the VFW Post 5700. The monument is dedicated to all who served in World War I.
Narrative adapted from "Reflections from the Shrine" by John W. Orr, Jr., 1998.
Vintage photo courtesy of: Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
(On plaque at proper right corner of plinth, raised:) 'SPIRIT OF THE/AMERICAN DOUGHBOY'/COPYRIGHTED BY/E.M. VIQUESNEY SCULPTOR/SPENCER, INDIANA. (Around circumference of metal insignia on base, raised:) AMERICAN LEGION (At center of metal insignia on base, within star, raised:) U.S unsigned
N. 1st Street and Reid Street
November 11, 1927
E. M. Viquesney
(Metal plaque on base reads:) SPIRIT OF THE/AMERICAN DOUGH(illegible)Y/COPYRIGHTED/E.M. VIQUESNEY SCULPTOR/SPENCER, INDIANA (Plaque on front of stone base, with eagle on top:) Spalding County/Dedicates this memorial as a/perpetual evidence/of her Gratitude for the/Brave, Loyal and Patriotic service/rendered by/Her Sons and Daughters/in 1917-The World War 1918 unsigned
(Center of base:) ERECTED BY/HENRY WALTON CHAPTER/DAUGHTERS OF/THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION/IN MEMORY OF/THE BOYS FROM/MORGAN COUNTY, GEORGIA/WHO FOUGHT IN THE WORLD WAR/APRIL 6, 1917-NOV. 11, 1918 unsigned
Figure of a World War I infantryman advancing through the stumps and barbed wire of No Man's Land. He holds a Springfield rifle in his proper left hand, with peep site in rear, and a grenade in his upraised proper right hand. His uniform consists of an ammo packet, canteen, backpack, bayonet scabbard, gas mask and helmet. The sculpture sits atop granite base with shield shapes on each side and stars and stripes decorations. The granite pedestal sits atop a paved brick footing.
(On front of base:) IN MEMORIAM/WORLD WAR VETERANS/OF CHATOOGA (sic) COUNTY/GEORGIA/1917-1918/ERECTED 1934/BY CITIZENS AND FRIENDS/OF CHATOOGA (sic) COUNTY/FOSTERED BY/THE TRION COMPANY/B.D. RIEGER, PRES. & TREAS./N.B. MURPHY, VICE PRES.,/A.D. ELLIOT (Back and sides of base have 4 metal plaques listing 475 veterans) unsigned
"Freedom Won" Park area at the north end of Main Street
May 30, 1923
E. M. Viquesney
(On plaque on base:) That the memory of the boys who gave their lives and their services in the defense of their country and to perpetuate its ideals shall live as an inspiration to courage and patriotism unsigned
The northwestern end of Diversey Golf Course, east of intersection of West Briar Place and North Lake Shore Drive
E. M. Viquesney
Near American Legion Post 581 (375 E. Locust St.) in Legion Memorial Park on Memorial Drive
May 30, 1924
E. M. Viquesney
The left photo was taken at the former Herrin City Park location Northeast of the center of town. The Doughboy was moved in October of 2002 and rededicated the following November 11 at the new location shown on the right in a small downtown plaza area across from City Hall at the corner of North Park Avenue and West Adams Street. A major portion of the move was handled by the National Guard. The plaques honoring veterans were also moved and placed on the wall behind the Doughboy.