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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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Attica
IN
USA
47918

November 11, 1927

Ernest Moore Viquesney

 

Augusta - Hero Grove & Marker

          
Central Avenue
Augusta
GA
USA
30904

Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

The Grove runs several blocks in the median of Central Avenue from Troup Street to Monte Sano Avenue, and includes a marker commemorating Augusta residents who fell during World War I.
 
Augusta
GA
USA
30901

Picture by Mike Stroud, July 2008

American Gold Star Mother Tribute, Greene at 11th Streets, Augusta
 
Augusta
GA
USA
30901
“In Sacred memory of the Men of Richmond County Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice - World War 1”

“Erected By Woodlawn Camp No. 55 Woodman of the World”
 
Median of Greene Street between 10th Street and James Brown Boulevard
Augusta
GA
USA
30901
This World War I Memorial in the Greene Street median in downtown Augusta pays honors to veterans of The Great War with the following inscription:

"The men of Richmond County, of every creed and color, who served at their country's call that aggression and lawless force should not dominate the world."

The reverse side of the monument says:  What stands if freedom fall? - Kipling 1914
 
The tall, slender obelisk topped by a figure of an eagle was erected in 1940 by the Richmond County Association.
 
Median of Greene Street
Augusta
GA
USA
30901

Photos Courtesy of Lamar Veatch

The "Ivy Division" is a unit with a proud history dating to World War I.  In December 1941, the 4th was the first unit assigned to Camp (now Fort) Gordon after its move to Augusta from DeKalb County.  The monument lists the many battles in which the soldiers of the 4th distinguished themselves, including:

  • World War I
    • Aisne - Marne
    • St. Mihiel
    • Meuse -Argonne
    • Defensive Sector
    • Army of Occupation
  • World War II
    • Normandy
    • Northern France
    • Rhineland
    • Ardennes
    • Central Europe
  • Vietnam
The 4th was the first unit of US. Troops to land on Utah Beach Normandy France 6 June 1944
 
 
131 N Court St
Prattville
AL
USA
36067
 
3300 N Grandview Dr
Peoria
IL
USA
61614
http://101.pjstar.com/52-averyville-memorial/

September 10, 1919

Photo courtesy of Phil Luciano / Journal Star

This memorial consists of a 25-foot-tall Greco-Roman column with a bronze eagle on top. The column's base contains four bronze plaques listing the names of WW1 servicemembers. For more information about the history and upkeep of the memorial, visit the "101 Things That Play in Peoria" website linked above.

 
Bainbridge
GA
USA
39817

Vanishing Georgia, Georgia Archives, University System of Georgia

The bridge was Federal Aid Project 201; begun in 1922 by the State Highway Department with W.R. Neel as State Engineer; Prayton, Howton, and Wood Contracting Company; and the Pensacola Shipbuilding Company as builders. These contractors gave up after experiencing difficulty establishing permanent foundations. The bridge was completed by the Hardaway Contracting Company and the Atlantic Bridge Company in 1926. It was torn down ca. 1976-1977, and a new bridge was constructed in its place.
 
Shiloh Baptist Church
Milledgeville
GA
USA
31061
The only known memorial to World War I African-American troops from Georgia.  The Atlanta Constitution (Jan. 18, 1920) reported it to be the first monument to "colored" citizen-soldiers.
 
 
3220 The Alameda
Baltimore
MD
USA
21218
 

Baltimore's War Memorial Building

          
101 North Gay Street
Baltimore
MD
USA
21202

1925

Laurence Hall Fowler

The War Memorial, located at 101 North Gay Street, Baltimore, MD, honors and serves all veterans of Maryland. The building serves as a place of remembrance for fallen soldiers and as an administrative office for veteran’s outreach organizations. The War Memorial Commission was created under both State and City law to operate the War Memorial building. The Commission has custody and supervision of the War Memorial Building and the War Memorial Plaza.

 
Corner of GA HWY 51 (Historic Homer Highway) and Yonah Homer Road
Homer
GA
USA
30547

1968

Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

Memorial Park adjacent to old Banks County Courthouse.  Plaque inscribed with names from WW1, WW2, and Korea.  With Eternal Flame. 

 
Near 234 Washington St #303
Columbus
IN
USA
47201

1997

 
Near 234 Washington St #303
Columbus
IN
USA
47201

1939

 
Near 234 Washington St #303
Columbus
IN
USA
47201

1929

 
Batesville
IN
USA
47006

August 1923

 
320 E College Ave
Batesville
AR
USA
72501
No additional information at this time.
 

Baxter County Courthouse

          
1 E 7th St.
Mountain Home
AR
USA
72653

Courthouse for Baxter County, Arkansas.

 
1 E 7th St.
Mountain Home
AR
USA
72653
No additional information at this time.
 
100 E. Midland St
Bay City
MI
USA
48706

1924

John Pauling

Bay City Doughboy Statue by John Pauling

The Doughboy Statue was erected in 1924 after the Bay City Women's Improvement Committee approached the Bay City Commission about erecting a statue in 1923, Brady said. It cost $2,100.

The bronze statue has been under the care and auspices of the Bay County Library System. While there doesn't appear to be any documentation of maintenance of the statue, it's in remarkably good shape.

 

Beaverton Veterans Memorial Park

          
12500 SW Allen Blvd
Beaverton
OR
USA
97005

This park contains many different memorials commemorating service in World War 1, including one for submariners and one for Medal of Honor recipients from all wars. The park is also home to many more monuments and memorials unrelated to World War 1, including Oregon's first Vietnam War Memorial.

 
 
Bedford
IN
USA
47421

January 13, 1924

 
101 Commerce Dr E, Belle Plaine, MN 56011
Belle Plaine
MN
USA
56011
 

Belleau Wood Monument

      
Corner of Rand and Ballard Roads
Des Plaines
IL
USA
60016

This memorial is dedicated to the service of the Second Division in Belleau Wood (formerly known as Senne Wood) during WW1.

 

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