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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.

Memorial Hunters Club

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.

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Elks Rest Memorial

      
 
Logansport
IN
USA
46947
Located in Mount Hope Cemetery.
 
Ellijay
GA
USA
30540

All photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

 

Elsie War Memorial

      
Elsie
MI
USA
48831

Elsie War Memorial

Erected in honor of the men and women of Elsie and vicinity who served in WWI and II 

 
Corner of Highway 80 (West Main Street) and Highway 57 (Kite Road)
Swainsboro
GA
USA
30401

“Sons of American Legion Swainsboro Squadron #103”

“This Wall is Dedicated in Memory of those who Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice for our Freedom”  Dedicated Nov. 11, 2013.

 
Near intersection of W Main St and N Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg
MD
USA
21727

Spirit of the American Doughboy statue, located in small park on the lawn of the Emmit House

 
 
605 asbury circle
Atlanta
GA
USA
30307
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
Brewton
AL
USA
36426

November 11, 1987

 
 
Gadsden Kiwanis Park, 1296 Noccalula Rd
Gadsden
AL
USA
35904
 

Etowah Memorial Bridge

      
 
E. Broad St.
Gadsden
AL
USA
35902
 

Etowah WW I Memorial

          
Etowah
TN
USA
37331
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 Bullard Historical Marker

          
Intersection of Talbotton Road and Midland Street
Columbus
GA
USA
31901

Courtesy of David Seibert

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)
 
12 Spring St, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Eureka Springs
AR
USA
72632
No additional information at this time.
 
Evansville
IN
USA
47720

November 11, 1928

Ernest Moore Viquesney

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.
 
359 West Broad Street
Fairburn
GA
USA
30213

Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

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
 
 
Fairmount
IN
USA
46928

May 30, 1926

 
Tipton
IN
USA
46072
 
 
Wabash
IN
USA
46992

Unknown

 
781 E. Main St.
Blue Ridge
GA
USA
30513

Description:

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.

 

Farley Memorial - Califon

          
Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 443 Route 513
Califon
NJ
USA
07830

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

 
801 Locust St
Conway
AR
USA
72034
No additional information at this time.
 
 
Fayette County Courthouse
Fayette
AL
USA
35555

1990

 
Connersville
IN
USA
47331
 
Fenton
MI
USA
48430

Fenton World War I Memorial

Long Description:
The park is a small park with a bench and a flag pole.

The plaque reads:
In memory of
Our Heros
in
The WOrld War
1914-1918
who fought for
Liberty and Humanity
dedicated by
Settlers and Michigan Pioneers
Fenton Michigan 
1924"

 

 

Ferndale WWI Memorial

      
Ferndale
MI
USA
48220

Ferndale WWI Memorial

Long Description:
The memorial is a plaque on a rock.

The plaque reads:
"April 6, 1917 HONOR ROLL Nov 11, 1918
A tribute to
Ferndales World War Veterans
who offered all to their country
That Liberty and Justice might not perish from this earth
These made the supreme sacrifice
Paul William Hornaday
Jack Yull
Andrew Robertson
Robert Darch
Fred Metcalf

Centograph with 62 other names

 
40 S. Fullerton Avenue
Montclair
NJ
USA
07042

1920

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

 

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