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Monuments & Memorials

"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

DCWorldWarMonumen 1World 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.

In the war's aftermath, individuals, towns, cities, counties, and states all felt compelled to mark the war, as did colleges, businesses, clubs, associations, veterans groups, and houses of worship. Thousands of memorials—from simple honor rolls, to Doughboy sculptures, to grandiose architectural ensembles—were erected throughout the US in the 1920s and 1930s, blanketing the American landscape.

Each of these memorials, regardless of size or expense, has a story. But sadly, as we enter the war's centennial period, these memorials and their very purpose—to honor in perpetuity the more than four million Americans who served in the war and the more than 116,000 who were killed—have largely been forgotten. And while many memorials are carefully tended, others have fallen into disrepair through neglect, vandalism, or theft. Some have been destroyed. Watch this CBS news video on the plight of these monuments.

The extant memorials are our most salient material links in the US to the war. They afford a vital window onto the conflict, its participants, and those determined to remember them. Rediscovering the memorials and the stories they tell will contribute to their physical and cultural rehabilitation—a fitting commemoration of the war and the sacrifices it entailed.

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700 19th St (VA Hospital)
Birmingham
AL
USA
35233
Erected by the Mortimer H. Jordan Chapter of the Rainbow Division Association.
 

307th Infantry Memorial Grove

          
Central Park
New York
NY
USA
10019

1925

Front: (Names of 590 men are listed in 9 columns.)
Rear: To The Dead / of the / 307th Infantry A.E.F / 590 Officers and Men / 1917-1919 /

 
Grayling
MI
USA
49738

32nd Red Arrow Division 

After American entry into World War I in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson ordered all of Michigan's National Guard to Camp Grayling. Eight thousand of these troops then went to Texas where they joined Wisconsin soldiers to form the 32nd Division. Arriving in France in 1918 the division earned the name "Red Arrow" for its swift assaults through German lines. During World War II the 32nd Red Arrow Division fought courageously in the Pacific Theatre and received a commendation from General Douglas MacArthur.

 

75mm Field Gun

      
 
Veterans Park Drive
Florence
AL
USA
35630

This 75mm field gun is a modification of a French gun that was designed in 1917. The 75mm was the most effective light field gun in W.W.I. It was also used against infantry, tanks, and other armored targets in W.W.II. 

This gun is 17'-3" long, and weights 3,400lbs. Its range was 13,870 yards, and fired 6 rounds per minute. The 75mm shell weighed 19lbs., and could be fixed, high-explosive, chemical, smoke, or armor-piercing.

The 105mm has now replaced the 75mm gun as the light artillery weapon.

 
 
Camp Sheridan site, 3 Johnson Ave.
Montgomery
AL
USA
36110

"The 9th Infantry Division was organized on 18 July 1918 at Camp Sheridan for service in World War I. When the War ended, 11 November 1918, deployment of the Division to France was canceled and it was demobilized of 15 February 1919." -Alabama Historical Association marker, 1993.

 
Marquette
MI
USA
49855
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.
 
 
17th St & Quintard Ave
Anniston
AL
USA
36207
 
100 Overton Access Rd.
Birmingham
AL
USA
35210
 
Alabama Department of Archives and History, 624 Washington Ave.
Montgomery
AL
USA
36130
www.archives.alabama.gov

November 11, 1940

 

America Triumphant - Jersey City

          
Pershing Field, Summit Avenue & Sanford Place
Jersey City
NJ
USA
07307

1922

James Novelli

The following is an account of the dedication of the monument published in the New York Times issue of July 5, 1922:

Roses Fall on Monument: 

Jersey City Unveils Memorial  for 147 Soldiers Who Fell in War.

A monument to 147 soldiers from Jersey City who fell in the war was unveiled at Pershing Field, Jersey City, yesterday afternoon, as part of Jersey City's Independence Day exercises. A feature of the ceremony was the dropping of roses over the field during the services.

Lieutenant Stanton Weissenborn, a former army air pilot, circled above the crowd for two hours, and at frequent intervals dropped a rose until 147, one for each man who died, had fluttered down and made an immense bouquet at the foot of the monument.

The memorial is a life-size bronze figure of a woman, her arms filled with laurels. It is called, "Triumphant America." It was bought by the people of Jersey City through voluntary subscription.

Julius Beger, Chairman of the Monument Committee, presented the memorial to the Captain E. Fisk Post of the American Legion, and Arthur Liesemgang, post commander, presented it to the city. Lieutenant Louis Van Den Ecker, representing the French Consul General at New York; Dr. Foster Timothy of New York, representing British veterans, and Lieut. Col. Kerfoot, U.S.A., were among those who took part in the exercises.

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 

American Doughboy

      
N. 1st Street and Reid Street
Palatka
FL
USA
32177

1927

E. M. Viquesney

 
First Street & Pier A
Hoboken
NJ
USA
07030

1925

This monument was erected in 1925 to commemorate Hoboken's role as the US Army Port of Embarkation during World War I, and honor the 3 million troops who passed through Hoboken's port. The monument contains a bronze tablet mounted to the face of a boulder. It was erected by the Hoboken Assembly, Fourth Degree, of the Knights of Columbus. 

The current plaque was fabricated in 1978 and paid for by Hudson County. The boulder originally sat on Pier 4 near River Street. It was moved to River Street near Pier B in 1976. In 2002-03, with the completion of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, it was moved to its present location at First Street & Pier A.

Narrative adapted from Hoboken Historical Museum website. 

Photo courtesy of: Hoboken Historical Museum

 
 
318 S Court St
Florence
AL
USA
35630
 

American Legion Post 134 Cannon

          
Morton Grove
IL
USA
60053

WWI Field Artillery Piece on the grounds of Morton Grove's American Legion Civic Center

 

 
521 Ellrose Court
Frederick
MD
USA
21703
Small block memorial describing the memorial tree as planted in remembrance of those men who served from 1917-1918.
 
 
Rees Park, Turner at Rees Streets
Americus
GA
USA
31709
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.
 

Argonne Cross Memorial

      
Arlington
VA
USA
22211

During the period from April 1920 through July 1921, the remains of many servicemen buried in Europe during World War I were disinterred. These remains were either reinterred in selected cemeteries in Europe or returned to the United States. Of these, the remains of about 2100 were reinterred in Arlington National Cemetery, specifically, in Section 18. Through the efforts of the Argonne Unit American Womens Legion, the Argonne Cross was erected to their memory and in their honor. It is situated in the southwest corner of Section 18 and faces east. A grove of 19 pine trees are on 3 sides of the Cross (North, West and South). These trees are symbolic of the Argonne Forest where many of the men fought. At the juncture of the arm and stem of the cross is carved, in low relief, an eagle and wreath.

The inscription on the east side of the base reads:

In memory of our men in France
1917 1918

The inscription on the west side of the base reads:

Erected through the efforts of the Argonne Unit American Womens Legion

 
Arlington
VA
USA
22211

Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. Service to country is the common thread that binds all who are remembered and honored at Arlington.

 
203 E Adams St, Hamburg, AR 71646
Hamburg
AR
USA
71646
The memorial is located inside Hamburg City Park.
 
Adjacent to the Clarke County Courthouse
Athens
GA
USA
30601

Photos courtesy of Tom Jackson

A pedestrian plaza along the eastern side of the Clarke County Courthouse on Washington Street in downtown Athens, dedicated to the veterans of all wars.
 
East Campus Road at Cemetery Street
Athens
GA
USA
30605

Photos courtesy of Tom Jackson

The historic cemetery on the National Register of Historic Places includes numerous monuments of the World War I era, including a World War I memorial erected in 1925.
 
Pearson
GA
USA
31642
“This Memorial is Dedicated to the Honor and Memory of the Veterans of the United States of American from Atkinson County, Georgia.  Their Valor an Sacrifice has allowed us our freedom.  Many Gave Their Last Full Measure to Insure Peace and Preserve the Rights We Rely Upon.  We Must Not Forget.”

It is inscribed with the names of three WW1 soldiers.
 
Peachtree at West Peachtree Streets
Atlanta
GA
USA
30309

Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

 
200 Piedmont Ave SE (adjacent to the Sloppy Floyd Building at the Georgia State Capitol complex)
Atlanta
GA
USA
30303

Named for Brigadier General Pete Wheeler, a World War II veteran who was long-time commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Veteran Affairs, the plaza contains memorial plaques to Georgians who lost their lives in service in each of America’s wars, from the Revolution through Iraq and Afghanistan.

 
 
East Morningside Drive at Rock Springs Rd.
Atlanta
GA
USA
30324
 

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