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.
We are building a US WW1 Memorial register through a program called the Memorials Hunters Club. If you locate a memorial that is not on the map we invite you to upload your treasure to be permanently archived in the national register. You can include your choice of your real name, nickname or team name as the explorers who added that memorial to the register. We even have room for a selfie! Check the map, and if you don't see the your memorial CLICK THE LINK TO ADD IT.
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
“Sons of American Legion Swainsboro Squadron #103”
Spirit of the American Doughboy statue, located in small park on the lawn of the Emmit House
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.
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)
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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
Memorial is located in City Park in downtown Blue Ridge. It was dedicated on October 21, 1937 to Fannin County soldiers who fought in the Great War. Later, additional sides of the obelisk were dedicated to the fallen from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.
This marble sculpture, located within the Presbyterian Church cemetery, was erected in memory of Peter V. Farley who died in battle on September 26, 1918. The monument consists of a uniformed WWI doughboy, standing at rest, holding the barrel of a rifle with both hands, the butt resting at his feet. The figure is placed on an attenuated granite base.
Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000235.
Photos courtesy of: NJ State Historic Preservation Office
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Fayette County Courthouse
Fenton World War I Memorial
Ferndale WWI Memorial
The stained glass nave windows of Montclair, NJ's First Congregational Church were created with the church's construction in 1920 as a memorial to the nine church members who died in World War I.
Photo courtesy of: First Congregational Church