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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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French 75mm Field Gun

      
Veterans Memorial Park, McFarland Blvd
Tuscaloosa
AL
USA
35404
This 1916 gun was used by the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I as part of a horse drawn caisson. During the war, American forces were loaned guns, planes, and other equipment from the French Arsenal. This gun was moved to Veterans Memorial Park in 1993 when Capitol Park was renovated. -Marker
 
Rochester
IN
USA
46975

September 06, 1920

 
Rochester
IN
USA
46975

1989

 
123 Main St.
Salem
AR
USA
72576
No additional information at this time.
 
Rochester
IN
USA
46975
 
Bloomington
IN
USA
47404

July 04, 1928

 
 
1312 Main St
Gardendale
AL
USA
35071
 
Indianapolis
IN
USA
46225
https://garfieldparkindy.org/

1921

Originally, a tree was planted for each local soldier who died during World War I.  290 trees were initially planted with markers next to each with the name of each soldier and the date of death.

 
 
Georgia Tech Campus
Atlanta
GA
USA
30318
A large bench-style monument located on the Georgia Tech campus.
 
Princeton
IN
USA
47670
 

Glen Cove Eagle WW I Memorial

          
121 School Street
Glen Cove
NY
USA
11542
Located at on School Road in front of the Presbyterian church.
 
4 Glen Cove Avenue
Glen Cove
NY
USA
11542
This memorial is Located in front of the Glen Cove Public Library and consists of a soldier statue with an Honor Roll plaque in the base.
 
 
I-95 Rest Area #105
Brunswick
GA
USA
31523
A large plaque built into the wall of the Rest Area recognizing those killed or held prisoner in America’s many wars.
 

Gold Star Memorial

      
 
East lawn of the State Capitol
Montgomery
AL
USA
36131

April 6, 1921

Erected by the Montgomery Service Star Legion.
 
French & Jersey Streets
New Brunswick
NJ
USA
08901

1938

Set in a small triangular traffic island, the Art Deco Gold Star Mothers Monument & clock commemorates the mothers who lost children serving their country in World War I. 

The stone obelisque sits on a triangular concrete base, each side of which is elaborated with a concrete bench.  The base’s three corners are marked by square pylons that project above the base.  The obelisque is square in cross section and is given vertical emphasis by paired marble arrows placed near each corner.  These arrows extend up to the lower portion of the second stage of the monument.  This stage has two brass plaques each inscribed with a shield.  The plaques are mounted beneath a clock on the front and rear faces of the monument.  The two clocks contain the letters for “New Brunswick” in place of the numbers on their faces.  The monument terminates with a flat top given vertical emphasis by several marble arrow moldings. 

The monument also includes a concrete signboard just east of the monument, however in 2016, it was lacking its sign. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office
Vintage postcard courtesy of:  Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives (originally published by The Mayrose Co., Publishers, New York)

 

Goodhue Flagpole

      
 
W Colorado Blvd & S Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena
CA
USA
91103
Architect Bertram Goodhue. The inscription reads "IN PROUD REMEMBRANCE OF OUR GLORIOUS DEAD MCMXVIII"
 
 
Goshen
IN
USA
46528

November 11, 1923

A bronze tablet mounted on a boulder.  It was placed in honor of those who died in World War I and was donated by the Gamma Tau Sorority in 1923.
 
Marion
IN
USA
46952
 
103 W Center St # 101, Sheridan, AR 72150
Sheridan
AR
USA
72150
No additional information at this time.
 
Grant County Road 51, two Miles north of Highway 35
Sheridan
AR
USA
72150
No additional information at this time.
 
Wellwood Park, Maple Avenue & Linden Avenue
Merchantville
NJ
USA
08109

This war memorial is placed in Wellwood Memorial Park, adjacent to Maple Avenue in Merchantville, NJ. The monument consists of a bronze plaque mounted  to a finish granite slab. The slab rises from a two-tiered based with rounded corners, which, in turn, is placed on a concrete slab. The plaque lists all the names of Merchantville residents who served in World War I.

Narrative adapted from "Merchantville Past & Present," Borough of Merchantville, 1973. 

Photo courtesy of: NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 
Veterans Memorial Park, Bellevue Avenue & Vine Street
Hammonton
NJ
USA
08037

1921

The monument is rusticated pink marble with a bronze plaque on the front, listing a roll of honor for those who served in World War I.  It is topped with a bronze eagle perched on a marble ball. 

It was dedicated on Memorial Day, 1921. 

Photo courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 
Wyandotte
MI
USA
48192

Great World War Memorial, Wyandotte, Michigan

ust outside of Wyandotte's Bishop Park, along the Detroit River, sits the city's World War I memorial. The memorial's inscription reads "Erected by the citizens of Wyandotte in memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great World War 1914-1918." The inscription includes the names of 13 men of died during the war.

 
3711 North Figueroa
Los Angeles
CA
USA
90065
Second Lt. and Aviator Greayer Clover is memorialized throughout LA County. In East Los Angeles, right around where Figueroa meets Marmion Way, a tiny little speck of green exists. This is Greayer's Oak Park. On Arbor Day 1919 some of Clover's friends planted a live oak tree there in his honor. In addition was a bronze plaque at the base of the new sapling that read: "Planted Arbor Day, 1919, in memory of Lieut. Greayer Clover, who fell 'somewhere in France,' Aug. 30, 1918.” Though there are about half a dozen oaks there today, I could not determine if any were the original. The plaque is long gone, so I suspect not. Nonetheless the park still owes "Grubby" Clover its name.

Location:
3711 North Figueroa.
Los Angeles, CA, 90065
 
6 N. Broadview
Greenbrier
AR
USA
72058
No additional information at this time.
 

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