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.
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.
2750 North Lakeview Avenue
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.
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
Photos in picture gallery courtesy of Julia Suchanek
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.
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
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
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.
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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.
May 30, 1926
Corner of Blue Ridge Drive & W. Tennessee Ave.
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.”
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.
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.
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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