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.
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.
This interactive database provides location and all other available information on known World War One monuments and memorials. Do you know of a World War One Monument or Memorial that is not listed in our database? Do you see incorrect information listed for one of the sites? Do you have photos of one of our listed sites that you want to contribute? Click here to submit the relevant information for inclusion in the database.
The Eastern High School Alumni flagstaff commemmorates seven former Eastern High students who were killed in the Spanish-American War and World War I. Paid for by alumni of the school, the flagstaff stands before the school's main entrance. It was in place when the school moved to this then-new building on March 1, 1923.
Eaton Rapids Community War Memorial
We dedicate this plaque
"Dedicated to the glory of God and all the veterans of the Bowman Community, more especially to these who have given their lives for our nation's cause".
Originally known as Service Star Legion Park, the area includes a Wilson tree, a Service Star monument, a World War I memorial, and oaks planted in memory of World War I soldiers.
From 1923 to 1984, this 1.8 acre tract was managed by the Service Star Legion of Elbert County. It was originally donated in memory of LT Edmund Brewer Tate, III, killed in action in the Argonne forest battle on Oct. 12, 1918. Since 1984, the renamed ‘Memorial Park” is managed by Elbert County. It contains multiple markers honoring Elbert County dead from all U.S. wars.
Classy old carved limestone doughboy statue between two buildings in downtown Elkhart (one block long). Repaired a few year ago by the citizens of Elkhart.
2750 North Lakeview Avenue
July 14, 1926
The Elks Veterans Memorial is a tribute to the bravery, loyalty and dedication of the thousands of Elks who have fought and died for our country. It has been described as one of the most magnificent war memorials in the world, but with its monumental architecture and priceless art, the Memorial is more a symbol of peace and of the patriotism of the members of the Elks fraternity.
Located in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Elsie War Memorial
Erected in honor of the men and women of Elsie and vicinity who served in WWI and II
605 asbury circle
The older portion of the Dobbs University Center, formerly called the Alumni Memorial University Center, contains a plaque listing the names of Emory alumni who were killed in both World Wars and Korea.
Discovering Epiphany Chapel and Church House is like finding a valuable coin mixed in a jar of pennies you had almost forgotten. To the casual eye, the little church appears to be a quaint cottage of yesterday. The front stoop is worn where so many feet have passed, the center floor beam is weighed down with memories, and a discernible spirit of hospitality shines like the patina on the old oak furniture. Epiphany Chapel and Church House is worn but far from worn out. It’s an ordinary little church with an extraordinary history and an important role for the future of military chaplaincy and the work of the Church in Odenton and beyond. The Chapel’s astounding story of commitment and faith has emerged from many pages of news articles, reports, letters, photographs, and detailed daily schedules. It is a story about difficult times and extraordinary people.
The original project in 1918 was supported by members of the Church War Commission from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington and by two women from Washington, D.C. who gave $11,000 for its construction. A young architect from Baltimore gave the design, gratis. Clergy staff, under the leadership of a young and dynamic chaplain, the Rev. S. Tagart Steele, Jr., was pulled together. The operation was up and running in 60 days. Enlisting young soldiers were welcomed with worship services, dinners, dances, and counseling. Family members were invited to spend the night in the accommodations on the second floor, to spend time together and to say “good-bye.”
Tradition tells the story about a deacon, St. Laurence (d. 258), who in response to a command from the prefect of Rome to deliver up the church’s treasure, assembled thousands of ordinary people — the poor, children, widows, orphans, rich and poor, and presented them to the prefect saying, “These are the treasure of the Church.” Today, the preservation of Epiphany Chapel and Church House and the establishment of The Chaplains’ Peace Garden is just such an offering—an acknowledgment and tribute to the ordinary men and women who gave all they had for the well-being, safety, and freedom of others.
These are the extraordinary treasure of Epiphany Chapel and Church House.
314 Belleville Ave
November 11, 1987
Gadsden Kiwanis Park, 1296 Noccalula Rd
E. Broad St.
WW I memorial dedicated to the soldiers of the town of Etowah, Tennessee who lost their lives in the Great War. Their names are listed on the memorial and it is placed in front of the historic L & N Depot in downtown Etowah, TN. It was dedicated in 1922.
EUGENE J. BULLARD, 1896-1961
Bullard grew up in a small shotgun style house near this site. His father, William, was a laborer for the W. C. Bradley Company. Eugene completed the fifth grade at the 28th Street School. Shaken by the death of his mother, Josephine, and the near lynching of his father, Bullard left Columbus as a young teenager. In 1912, he stowed-away on a merchant ship out of Norfolk, Virginia. He spent the next 28 years of his life in Europe.
Erected by the Historic Columbus Foundation and Historic Chattahoochee Commission 2007
(This is one side of a two-sided marker)
No additional information at this time.
This memorial is one of E. M. Viquesney's "Spirit of the American Doughboy" statues. It was originally placed and dedicated at Sunset Park. It was later lost in a flood and later recovered, vandalized, lost again, recovered, and restored. After a chaotic history, it now can be found in the lounge of the Funkhouser American Legion Post No. 8.
Unveiled May 21, 1919, this soldiers monument was erected in Fairburn (Campbell County), in the middle of West Broad Street, to honor those who had died in World War I. The monument was moved to the Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in 1967.
In 1931, Campbell County was absorbed into Douglas and Fulton Counties. Fairburn became part of Fulton County.
The inscription around the globe at the top of the obelisk reads “ Their All For Democracy and Freedom of the World”
May 30, 1926