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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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Elkhart Doughboy

      
Elkhart
IL
USA
62634
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.
 
Elkhart
IN
USA
46516

May 30, 1928

 
2750 North Lakeview Avenue
Chicago
IL
USA
60614
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http://www.elks.org/memorial/

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.

 

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.

 

Emmitsburg WWI Doughboy Monument

          
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

 

Photos in picture gallery courtesy of Julia Suchanek

 
 
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.
 
104 South 4th Street
Laramie
WY
USA
82070

Photos courtesy of Some Gave All War Memorials Blog.

This memorial, located outside the Episcopal Cathedral, is dedicated to fallen WW1 servicemembers.

 
City Park, near corner of N Center St and W 100 N
Escalante
UT
USA
84726

This memorial contains three granite memorial walls to honor those who served from the Civil War to the present day, with plans to eventually include those who served in earlier wars. A section on one of the walls is dedicated to those who have died in service as well as three prisoners of war from World War II. The monument area also features a bronze statue of two soldiers and bricks inscribed with the names of veterans now living in Escalante and Boulder.

 
 
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.
 
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.
 
 
Fairmount
IN
USA
46928

May 30, 1926

 
Tipton
IN
USA
46072
 
 
Wabash
IN
USA
46992

Unknown

 
Corner of Blue Ridge Drive & W. Tennessee Ave.
McCaysville
GA
USA
30555

1946

Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

Rectangular granite monument topped with a large globe.  The WW1 side of the monolith contains 13 names.  “Dedicated to the Memory of Our Men of Fannin County Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice. Erected by the McCaysville Garden Club, 1946.” 

 
Old Highway 76 & Aska Connector
Blue Ridge
GA
USA
30513

November 9, 2002

Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

Multiple monument park with an individual monolith for each war.   13 Fannin County names are inscribed on the WW1 monument.  Vietnam era helicopter on display in park.  

 
781 E. Main St.
Blue Ridge
GA
USA
30513

Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch and Jim Cavin

This 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.
 

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