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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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Doughboy -- Bullhead

      
Bullhead Veteran's Memorial Park, near intersection of Bullhead Rd and Sitting Bull Ave
Bullhead
SD
USA
57621

Description and photo from The E.M. Viquesney Doughboy Database

This monument is one of just two Viquesney Doughboys which specifically recognize the service of Native Americans in World War I. Muskogee, Oklahoma's recognizes "The Five Civilized Tribes" of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole. For preservation purposes, the Doughboy has been heavily painted. The predominant color is green, but the face and hands are white, puttees (leggings) and shoes black, and the rifle and field pack brown. It appears to be in good condition, but the bayonet is missing.The Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is located just west of the Missouri River in both North and South Dakota. The larger portion is in South Dakota, but tribal offices are at Fort Yates, North Dakota, about 10 miles north of the line between the states. Bullhead is about 15 miles south of the line.

The inscription on the plaque on the front of the base reads:

DEDICATED TO THE
MEMORY OF THOSE WHO MADE
THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
AND HONOR OF THOSE
WHO SERVED IN THE WORLD WAR
1917-18
------------

PRESENTED BY
THE HUNKPAPA BAND OF SIOUX NATION
JUNE 29, 1935

The inscription on a plaque on the rear of the base reads:

HONOR ROLL
(followed by 8 names with stars)

DIED FROM EFFECTS OF WAR
(followed by 10 names)

SERVICE OVERSEAS
(followed by 12 names)

SERVICE WITH THE FLAG
(followed by 21 names)

The plaque was also made by E. M. Viquesney.  Many of the names listed are tribal, rather than “Anglicized”.

Picture

Although the presentation date on the plaque reads June 29, 1935, the unveiling ceremony was held four days later on July 3. A photograph and description of the unveiling ceremony can be seen at Digital Horizons. Background details in that old photo suggest that the statue and flagpole might have been later moved a short distance to the present location.

 

Doughboy -- Lonaconing

          
Corner of E Main St and Pershing St
Lonaconing
MD
USA
21539

1925

This memorial plaque and statue are dedicated to those from Lonaconing who died in service during World War 1.

 

Doughboy -- McMinnville

          
535 NE 5th St, Yamhill County Courthouse
McMinnville
OR
USA
97128

November 11, 1923

E.M. Viquesney

This Doughboy was originally dedicated to the Yamhill County soldiers of the World War in 1923, but its base now also contains plaques memorializing servicemembers in later wars. It is located in a small park adjacent to the Yamhill County Courthouse.

 

Doughboy -- Wildwood

          
3300 New Jersey Ave
Wildwood
NJ
USA
08260

Unknown Battles around base: :Chateau Thierry, Belleau Wood Cantigay, Meuse Argonne, Soissons St. Mihiel. On wreath: Loyalty, Courage, Sacrifice, Victory Located at 38deg, 59', 31N", 74deg, 48"52"W

 
Danbury
CT
USA
06810
 

Doughboy Memorial

          
101 N. Orange Ave.
Eufaula
AL
USA
36027

January 11, 1925

Erected by the Service Star Legion Porter Doughtie Chapter.
 

Doughboy Memorial

      
 
1 Park St.
Headland
AL
USA
36345

June 17, 1926

 

Doughboy Memorial -- Monticello

          
Intersection of Main St and Columbia Ave
Monticello
KY
USA
42633
http://doughboysearcher.weebly.com/monticello-kentucky.html

April 8, 1923

This memorial was dedicated on April 8, 1923 to honor the 23 Wayne Countians who died in WWI.

 

Doughboy Monument

      
School Street, Route 12
Winchendon
MA
USA
01475

Located at the intersection of West Street and School Street (US Route 12) in Winchendon, Massachusetts. Monument was fully refurbished in 1998. My Dad was responsible for the renovation. There is a time capsule placed under the base of the monument. The monument is one of the stops along the parade route each Memorial Day.

 

Doughboy Monument -- Astoria

          
Astoria
OR
USA
97103

The Doughboy Monument is a large monument built to commemorate the soldiers who fought in The First World War. This monument is surrounded by grassy lawns and houses a public restroom. The monument was constructed in 1926.

 

Doughboy Statue

      
Boulder
CO
USA
80302
 

Doughboy WWI Monument - Highlands

          
Highland Avenue & Portland Road (Rt. 36 East)
Highlands
NJ
USA
07732

A World War I soldier stands at parade rest. Both hands clutch the barrel of his rifle, the butt of which rests on  the ground.  He wears a helmet, shirt, pants and boots and leans his right leg against a stump.  He stands atop a granite, multi-tiered base.  The front of the base contains a plaque honoring the veterans of Highlands.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000175.

Photos courtesy of:
Full monument - RC & Historical Marker Database
Detail - NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 
Near the intersection of N. Main St. & N. Broad St.
Doylestown
PA
USA
18901
http://www.doylestownhistorical.org/

Memorial Day1922

John Bateman

WWI Memorial Fountain
The fountain located at Main St & Broad St commemorates WWI and was dedicated on Memorial Day, 1922. The Intelligencer reported: “The life-size bronze statuary group, leaves out all of the bitterness of war and accentuates service and humanitarianism. It impressively pictures the ‘buddy’ spirit of the American soldier and the beauty of human sympathy.

 
210 Main Street
Boonton
NJ
USA
07005

Purchased 1921

Dr. John Taylor lived in this house and practiced medicine here. The Colonial Revival design of the house reflects a reaction against the ostentatious residences of the Victorian era.

The house was purchased by the Town of Boonton in 1921 as a memorial to World War I veterans. It served as the Town Hall until 1965 and is now the home of American Legion Post 124 and the Boonton Historical Society.

Narrative adapted from Morris County Heritage Commission website.

Image courtesy of: Dan Beards, Morris County Heritage Commission

 

Drew County Courthouse

      
200 S Main St, Monticello, AR 71655
Monticello
AR
USA
71655
No additional information at this time.
 
Jasper
IN
USA
47546

1998

 
774 Tremont St
Duxbury
MA
USA
02332

This stone memorial, located in the Duxbury Mayflower Cemetery, is decorated with an engraving of a bald eagle. It reads:

Dedicated In Memory Of The Men And Women Of Duxbury Who Served In Defense Of Our Country

 

East Moriches WW 1 Memorial

          
516 Montauk Highway
East Moriches
NY
USA
11940
This World War 1 Memorial was dedicated in 1923. It is easily seen on Montauk Highway on South side ( eastbound ) ( It is in front of a medical building ) It list the name of Veterans.
 
1700 East Capitol Street SE
Washington
DC
USA
20003

1923

Kathryn Harris, designer

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.

 
179 Eastford Road
Eastford
CT
USA
06242

It was originally dedicated in 1947 on the centennial of Eastford. It was rededicated on November 11, 2013.
Before the rededication, only the stone with the plaques was in the middle of a patch of green grass, bushes, and trees. One year before the rededication, construction started to install the stone wall, path, pillars, and service branch plaques.
It has all names of veterans from Eastford since World War I.
The installation and construction of the renovated monument cost over $26,000 and was completely paid for by Chris Bowen to honor his father who was a WWII veteran.
The flag is flown 24/7 and is properly illuminated with lights at night.

 
Eaton Rapids
MI
USA
48827

Eaton Rapids Community War Memorial

We dedicate this plaque
"To the ones who served"
in the
Spanish-American War
1898
World War I
1914-1918
World War II
1941-1945
The Korean Conflict
1950-1953
From Eaton Rapids and community
This plaque donated by the American Legion and V.F.W.

 
City Park - Corner of Highways 17 & 172
Bowman
GA
USA
30624

Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

"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".  
 
North Oliver Street
Elberton
GA
USA
30635

All photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

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.

 
 
Elkhart
IN
USA
46516

1919

 
Goshen
IN
USA
46526
 

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