Memorial Hunters Club finding lost WWI monuments
By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, U.S. World War One Centennial Commission
To help find World War I Memorials around the country, the World War I Centennial Commission formed the Memorial Hunters Club.
Anyone can join the club. In order to join - one merely has to spot a World War I memorial, photograph it, and submit the photo to the Commission. The memorials, and the people who found them, are featured on the Commission’s website.
The Memorial Hunters Club has been a success. People from across the nation have contributed hundreds of memorials to the database, keeping them from falling into obscurity. Because of this crowd-sourced effort, the Commission has been able to help identify memorials that need care.
However, the end of this program is drawing near. The deadline for submissions is June 14th, 2017 - the Centennial of General Pershing’s arrival in Europe. We have four remaining months to contribute.
Join the many Americans who have helped remember the veterans of World War I. Help us to hunt down and catalog these fading national treasures.
We already have had huge help from State Centennial teams - those in Alabama, Georgia and New Jersey who have cataloged hundreds of WWI memorials for their states. There is much work that needs to be done. We estimate that there may be as many as 4,000 Memorials across the country.