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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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Orleans
IN
USA
47452

Unknown

 
Kelly Ingram Park, corner of 17th St N & 6th Ave N
Birmingham
AL
USA
35203
Medal of Honor recipient.
 
145 Jefferson St SW, Camden, AR 71701
Camden
AR
USA
71701
No additional information at this time.
 
11079 Shook Rd
Romulus
MI
USA
48174

In Honor of Our Boys WW1

Inscription:
In Honor Of
Our Boys
Who Served In
The World War
1914-1918
Erected By The Sunshine Club

 
511 N. Main St Jonesboro, AR
Jonesboro
AR
USA
72401

John Paulding

Over The Top Sculpture by John Paulding
 

Over-The-Top!

      
511 N. Main St.
Jonesboro
AR
USA
72401
Sculpted by John Paulding, "Over-The-Top!" sits outside the Craighead County Courthouse.
 
Spencer
IN
USA
47460

May 1927

Ernest Moore Viquesney

This monument is one of E. M. Viquesney's  "Spirit of the American Doughboy" statues.
 
Spencer
IN
USA
47460

Unknown

 

Paducah Memorial

      
1613 Park Ave
Paducah
KY
USA
42001
Paducah has a World War I monument in Oak Grove Cemetery.

The monument was erected and dedicated in 1928 by Paduke Post 31 of the American Legion. The bronze monument with a granite base was designed by sculptor John Paulding, cast by the American Bronze Company, and erected by the Beasley Monument Company.  The inscription on the front of the monument reads: 1928, Erected and dedicated by the American Legion to our comrades of the World War who sleep the long sleep.  One of the monument’s sides has the inscription: When to the last assault our bugles blow: reckless of pain and peril we shall go.  Heads high and hearts aflame and bayonets bare, and we shall brave eternity as though eyes looked on us in which we would seem fair.  The other two sides of the monument recognize the Paducah Mayor, City Commissioners, McCracken County Judge, and County Commissioners.
 

Paragould War Memorial

      
300 W Court St, Paragould, AR 72450
Paragould
AR
USA
72450

John Paulding

Paragould War Memorial Sculpture by John Paulding at the Old Greene County Courthouse
 
Rockville
IN
USA
47872

1930

 
Rockville
IN
USA
47872

1949

 
Rockville
IN
USA
47872

Unknown

 
 
Dallas Square, behind the Paulding County Courthouse in Main Street in downtown Dallas.
Dallas
GA
USA
30132
A rough-hewn rock inscribed with the names of the county’s war dead.
 
2500 Lake of the Isles Parkway E Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis
MN
USA
55405

Peavey Fountain on the Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis was built in 1891 as a drinking fountain for horses and was later dedicated to the horses of the 151st Field Artillery, Minnesota National Guard who died during World War I.

The fountain was installed as a monument to the horses of the 151st Field Artillery from World War I. The 151st Field Artillery Regiment was originally organized in 1864 as the First Regiment of the Minnesota Heavy Artillery, was reorganized after the Civil War, became the First Battalion Field Artillery in 1893, was redesignated the First Field Artillery in 1900, was expanded to six batteries in 1903, served on the Mexican Border from 1916 to 1917, and then was drafted into Federal Service and subsequently was redesignated as the 151st Field Artillery. 

http://www.angelfire.com/mn/thursdaynighthikes/lakeisles_arch15.html

In 1891, Frank Hutchinson Peavey donated the fountain to the people of Minneapolis as a drinking fountain for horses. In 1917 it was rededicated as a memorial to the horses of the 151st Field Artillery Minnesota National Guard killed in action. Today, Peavey Fountain would be easy to miss standing in the middle of an island diverting car traffic between Kenwood Parkway and Lake of the Isles Parkway.

I recommend visiting the Minnesota Historical Society website to travel back in time to see what the fountain and neighborhood looked like in the early 1900s. I was curious about the fountain’s connection to Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis and learned that the company Frank started in 1874, F.H. Peavey & Company (renamed Peavey Company) gave $600,000 towards the $2.5 million budget for the plaza which earned them naming rights. The gift was given in 1974, the company’s centennial year.

http://www.southwestjournal.com/focus/2016/10/a-neighborhood-for-all-seasons/

 

Pequot Lakes City Park

          
State Hwy 371 Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
Pequot Lakes
MN
USA
56472
"Vintage marker honoring the area's boys, those who were lost in World War I. The brass marker is corroded with the years but still pays tribute to the fallen. The marker honors those from The World War, not World War I. As at the time, it was the only World War. An eagle is emblazoned on the marker and is flanked by two World War soldiers."
 
Tell City
IN
USA
47586

May 24, 2003

 
Tell City
IN
USA
47586

Unknown

 
 
308 Washington St
Marion
AL
USA
36756

November 11, 1976

Erected by the V.F.W. Post 5104 and Friends.
 
Tell City
IN
USA
47586

November 11, 1991

 

Pershing Point Park

      
Peachtree Street, West Peachtree Street
Atlanta
GA
USA
30309
The memorial honors the fallen heroes from Fulton County, Georgia, and was originally dedicated in 1920 by the War Mother's Service Star Legion, a group of mothers, sisters, and wives of servicemen. The memorial contains the name of each soldier lost during the War.
 
 
corner of Summerville and Airport Rd
Phenix City
AL
USA
36867

September 19, 2009

Erected by the Fort Benning Sergeants Major Association.
 

Pickens Co. -- Memorial Monument

          
in front of the Pickens County Courthouse, Main Street
Jasper
GA
USA
30143

Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

A tall granite tablet marker memorializing those who served. 
 
 
100 Court Square
Carrollton
AL
USA
35447

1927

Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War I memorial.
 
1901 S Woodrow St, Little Rock, AR 72204
Little Rock
AR
USA
72204
The Picron Memorial is a memorial to Puerto Rican workers who died at WWI weapons plant located at the Cavalry Cemetery.
 

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