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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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21 N. Main St.
Wedowee
AL
USA
36278
http://randolphcountyalabamainthegreatwar.weebly.com/memorial.html

May 1926

Warlick Marble & Granite Works

 
275 Alder St (near corner of 3rd and Alder Streets)
Raymond
WA
USA
98577

This memorial is surrounded by three flagpoles and dedicated to the memory of the "comrades" of the VFW Post #968, Elks Lodge #1292, Amvets Auxiliary #896, and the City of Raymond. It lists the names of the fallen from WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, along with unspecified "additions." It is located near the Willapa Seaport Museum and the railroad tracks.

 
404 5th Street (intersection of 5th and Duryea Streets)
Raymond
WA
USA
98577

November 11, 1940

This memorial monument was dedicated by the Ladies Auxiliary of the local VFW Post in 1940. One plaque dedicates the memorial to "the memory of our comrades who entered the service of their country from Pacific County and who gave their lives in the World War," while another features the American's Creed:

"I believe in the United States of America, as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon these principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies."

 

The memorial is currently undergoing restoration.

 
 
Red Bay Park, 5th Ave SE
Red Bay
AL
USA
35582
 
4th Ave SE
Red Bay
AL
USA
35582

Veteran Memorial for WWI WWII Korea Vietnam Persian Gulf.

In 2016 the American Legion riders stopped her at the memorial. Here is the article from the local paper

RED BAY – A seemingly endless stream of motorcycles, riding two abreast, roared into downtown Tuesday morning, stopping at the Veterans Memorial.
“It was pretty amazing seeing them coming downtown,” Red Bay Mayor David Tiffin said. “It was just a steady stream. It had traffic blocked for some time, but I don’t think anyone minded.”

The riders were part of the 11th annual America Legion Legacy Run. The riders left Indianapolis Aug. 21 and will travel 1,300 miles over five days through Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia before ending Aug. 25 in Harrison, Ohio.
City officials said there were around 400 riders.
“All of the riders were veterans,” said Red Bay Councilman and local banker Brad Bolton. “It was an honor and privilege to host them in Red Bay.”

The ride is an effort to raise money to provide college scholarships for children of parents who died while on active duty military service.
According to American Legion officials, the ride raised $1.2 million last year and more than $6 million since it began in 2006.
“And they have raised $450,000 so far this year,” Bolton said.
He said the veterans came to Red Bay after spending the night in Tupelo, Mississippi. After stopping in Red Bay the group headed to Huntsville.

At Red Bay, they stopped at Veterans Park off Main Street, for a ceremony.
“We had several people from the area there, as well as some of the elementary teachers brought their classes to the park for the ceremony,” Tiffin said.

During the ceremony, the riders placed a wreath on the Veterans Memorial.
American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett, of Georgia, who is making the trip with the motorcycle riders, was presented a key to the city by Tiffin. State Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, D-Red Bay, read a proclamation passed by the Alabama Legislature.

Tiffin said the stop in Red Bay was not part of the original plans.
“One of the advance riders came into Red Bay about three months ago, saw our Veterans Memorial, and stopped to talk with me,” Tiffin said. “He asked if they could come in and stop here at the memorial as a part of the ride."

“It was a great way to honor our veterans. We’re just thankful they choice to honor us, by stopping here.”

 
436 Main Street, Red Hill, PA 18076
Red Hill
PA
USA
18076

The Borough of Red Hill was not much different than most American towns that sent their young men off to fight in the war to end all wars. In the early part of the twentieth century the well noted industry of the town was cigar manufacturing.  What made Red Hill unique was its German Heritage.   A large percentage of the residence immigrated from the southern part of the German States and many of the boys coming from Red Hill spoke, at least a little, Pennsylvaniche Deutch (Pennsylvania German) or commonly called ‘Pennsylvania Dutch’,  a decided advantage during their military service ‘Over There’.   Also, considering the small population of the Borough at approximately 760, the recorded number of those that served totaled 37 men, about 5% of the population.   This included Charles Boyer and Charles Schuler who paid the ultimate price, never to return home to continue their lives and enjoy the fruits of their service.   Although the names of the 37 volunteers are known, little information has been uncovered as to their service records at this writing.   It is known that Edwin E. Zepp, a cigar maker by trade, and Robert Snyder, both took their training at Camp Meade, Maryland and served in Co. F, 314th Infantry, 79th Div., a unit that saw heavy fighting on the Western Front, ‘going over the top’ for the first time in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive on 26 September, 1918 and participating in action at Bois de Chenes, Moirey Crepoin, Hills 328 and 319 and Cote de Romagne ending on Monday, 11 November, 1918.   John N. Snyder of Co. I, also served with the 314th, 79th Div. as well as Charles L. Moyer, Headquarters Company, Regimental Band.

Slightly more information is known of Wilson Fillman originally of Third and Main Sts.  Fillman enlisted on 2 November, 1917 at Camp Mead, Maryland and trained at Camp Logan, near Houston, Texas, arriving in France on 23 April, 1918 joining up with the 5th Division near Chaumont and serving in Company L, 11th Infantry Regiment.  It is known he took part in the Saint-Mihiel and Meuse Argonne Offensives.  He was wounded on 10 November, 1918, one day prior to the Armistice.  Fillman returned to The States and was honorably discharged on 2 May, 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey.

Those who participated in the ‘War To End All Wars’ and are listed on the RED HILL monument are:

Harvey Boyer John Hillegass Charles Romeike Frank Snyder
Raymond Boyer John Kline John Schick Robert Snyder
Charles Boyer * John Maier Elwood Schaefer Amandus Specht
Irwin Brey Charles Moyer George Seasholtz Edwin Undercoffler
Jacob Faust Manoah Reiter Roger Seasholtz Grover Welker
Wilson Fillman Jesse Reiter Charles Shuler * Millard Wilfong
Fred Gebhart Frank Reiter Norman Smith Charles Yerger
Earl Gerlach Thomas Reiter John Snyder Edwin E. Zepp
Clifford Gerlach John Reiter Clarence Snyder Russell Ziegler
Harry Herbert      

* Made the Supreme Sacrifice

Paul Decker, Director
Historical Information
Red Hill Borough
46 West Fourth St.
Red Hill, PA  18976

Slightly more information is known of Wilson Fillman originally of Third and Main Sts.  Fillman enlisted on 2 November, 1917 at Camp Mead, Maryland and trained at Camp Logan, near Houston, Texas, arriving in France on 23 April, 1918 joining up with the 5th Division near Chaumont and serving in Company L, 11th Infantry Regiment. It is known he took part in the Saint-Mihiel and Meuse Argonne Offensives. He was wounded on 10 November, 1918 one day prior to the Armistice. Fillman returned to The States and was honorably discharged on 2 May, 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey. 

 

Redbud Grove

      
Ann Arbor
MI
USA
48105

Redbud Grove

This red bud grove is located in a small park near the Huron River. A boulder with a plaque marks the spot.

The plaque reads:

"REDBUD GROVE

Dedicated in memory of Ann Arbor Veterans of WWI

Funded by the Elizabeth R. Dean Fund and other contributions"

 
 
Remington
IN
USA
47977
 
Tecumseh
MI
USA
49286

Ridgeway Cemetery World War I Memorial

OUR HEROES
1914 1919
WORLD WAR
David H. Underwood Killed in Action
Charles J. Underwood
Harold S. Bachmann
George E. Carlton Died in Service

1922

 

 
Versailles
IN
USA
47042

Unknown

 
Versailles
IN
USA
47042

Unknown

 

Riverhead WWI Memorial

          
Riverhead
NY
USA
11901
Erected by People of Town of Riverhead, County of Suffolk, NY,in honor of Veterans who served and fell ( names ). Also an eternal flame on top. Memorial on grounds of Suffolk County Historical Museum.
 
Spencer
IN
USA
47460

1939

Ernest Moore Viquesney

 
Attica
IN
USA
47918

August 1928

 
Hwy 287 & Arapahoe Rd
Erie
CO
USA
80516
 
Roanoke
IN
USA
46783

May 27, 1928

 
 
300 Rochelle Ave
Rochelle Park
NJ
USA
07662

Memorial listing all Rochelle Park Residents that served during WWI

 

Roll of Honor -- Colonial Beach

          
Intersection of Beach Terrace and Boundary Street
Colonial Beach
VA
USA
22443

Pictures by Kevin W. at https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=20870

In May 1939 the Navy Department donated a 4.7 field piece to the American Legion Westmoreland County Post 148. This gun was transported to the Post Lot on Colonial Avenue across opposite the Dance Pavilion in June. In October 1939 the field piece was moved the triangle of property across from the Catholic Church, said property being owned by the Town. The Post also placed blocks under the field piece and painted the field piece in December. In March 1940, the Post requested permission from the Mayor to erect a flagpole at that location. In September 1942 the War Production Board requested the Post sell the field piece and turn it into scrap to help in the drive for old scrap iron. The membership voted to give the field piece to the authorities at Fort Belvoir if they would haul it away. On Sunday, October 5, 1947 at 2pm the War Memorial was finally dedicated after many years of planning and fundraising. One plaque containing the names of World War I & II veterans was secured to a marble base. Admiral C. Turner Joy and Mayor W.D. Williams officiated. In 1950 another gun was requested. The gun was the three inch gun currently at the Memorial. To date, additional names from other conflicts have yet to be added. In 1989 the Memorial was renovated. From the Journal Press NOVEMBER 7, 1989. Renovation of Colonial Beach War Memorial in progress Donations needed for plaques by L. Coates "Each brick is carefully nudged into place. An eagle eye ascertains whether its a perfect fit. An additional tap causes the bubble in the level to hit dead center. Such precision, such time consuming effort. For several hours each day; off and on over the course of two years, this labor of love for all veterans has been undertaken by Reverend Robert Lawrence and numerous associates. Their goal has been the renovation of the Colonial Beach War Memorial. Built in 1947 to honor ‘the Colonial Beach Boys' who served in World War I, World War II and the Merchant Marines, the memorial was on the verge of devastation. "The ground was giving way and there were cracks in it," noted Frances Karn Karn only has to peer out her porch window to see the memorial that her late brother, James D. Karn, was instrumental in having built. In the past few years, Reverend Lawrence, Tommy Salingrer, Bob Bristow, the late Irie S. Nichols, the late David Tubbs, the late Lawrence Torrence, the late Lloyd Thomas, Carlton Garrett, Marvin Cowan, Don Warner, Bill Timms, A1 Hicks and many others have joined forces to see that the memorial stood intact. They have since succeeded in building steps to the memorial, are currently working on paving the entire base and hope to install a sidewalk and handrail in the near future. The ultimate goal, noted Karn, is to add plaques to recognize the local men who served in the armed forces during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The late Jimmy Karn, a young man with Bulber polio, who spent many an hour writing to the men over seas, sending them newspaper clippings and writing articles about the servicemen in a local paper, spearheaded the effort for the memorial. L. C. Costenbader, Mayor of Colonial Beach at the time, was able to get the state to. donate a triangle of land on a beachfront street in Colonial Beach for the memorial. E.E. McCartney, a retired Naval Chief and Commander of the American Legion Post, was able to obtain a gun from a World War lI ship that completes the memorial. While many a child, and adults, too, are attracted to that tremendous gun, a plaque inscribed with numerous names, brings home the reason for the gun being placed there. Dedicated on October 5, 1947, the memorial is a result of numerous pledges by the community. In recent years, an additional $4802 has been raised to restore the memorial. Ms. Karn noted however, that those funds were dwindling fast. "There is probably enough left to finish the block work," she said, "but a lot more is needed for the memorial part itself (the additional plaques)." Kam noted that the free labor provided by the previously mentioned men along with donations of mortar sand from Bowie's Sand and Gravel (George and Marie Bowie) and other donations have kept the restoration efforts alive. Karn tries to supply the workers with drinks as often as possible. Others often provide lunch. Of the volunteer efforts Karn says "It's such a wonderful community thing. How many people do you know would get on their hands and knees and do that?" With cold weather approaching, Reverend Lawrence noted that his work will have to cease until the spring."

 
Romney
IN
USA
47981

Unknown

 
 
Bloomington
IN
USA
47404

November 11, 1923

 
36 South Street
Morristown
NJ
USA
07960

Parish & Schroeder

The striking rose window in the façade of Morristown’s Church of the Redeemer is dedicated as a memorial to those who returned from World War I.  Built in 1917, the pudding stone, Gothic Revival church was designed by the NY architectural firm, Parish & Schroeder. 

The stained glass rose window features elaborate stone tracery radiating from a central stone quatrefoil containing the Greek letters, Alpha and Omega.  Radiating spokes form the stems of elaborate leaves, each of which has a central stained glass shield. Between the spokes are six stained glass figures, possibly representing Apostles.  The beautiful window is placed within a circular quarry-faced stone surround.  The window was designed & fabricated by the English firm of Heaton, Butler & Bayne. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office 

 

Rosedale Arch

          
3600 Springfield St
Kansas City
KS
USA
66103
Although most Kansas City area residents have seen the Rosedale World War I Memorial Arch in Kansas City, Kansas from I-35, few ever take the short drive to visit the arch and enjoy the great view of the Kansas City, Missouri skyline. Memorial Drive leads from Booth Street up to the memorial which is inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.

The 34.5' tall Memorial Arch was designed by Rosedale resident, John LeRoy Marshall. It was completed in 1923 and dedicated in 1924. In 1993, a small marker which doesn't fit in with the style of the memorial was placed beneath the arch, honoring those Rosedale residents who died in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Rosedale is a neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas and the Memorial Arch is dedicated to those Rosedale residents who served in the 42nd Rainbow Division during the Great War (WW1). Nearby Rainbow Boulevard is named for the division.

The 42nd Rainbow Division was formed in August, 1917 by National Guard units from 26 states and the District of Columbia. Led during part of the war by Douglas MacArthur, the Rainbow Division played a prominent role at the Battle of the Champagne and participated in other battles including those in the Chateau-Thierry salient, the Verdun front, and the final battle of WW1 at Argonne. The Rainbow Division is still active today and as of September 2015, the Division is made up from Army National Guard units from Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The best thing at the Rosedale Arch may be the view of the downtown Kansas City, Missouri skyline.
 
North Terre Haute
IN
USA
47805

1933

 

Rosemount Central Park

      
2893 145th Street West, Rosemount MN 55068
Rosemount
MN
USA
55068
Two WWI names enscribed: Ernest Bartlett Arthur Cliff
 
Rushville
IN
USA
46173

1981

 

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