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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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Coweta County Courthouse
Newnan
GA
USA
30263
A large plaque in the wall of the old Coweta County Courthouse in Newnan is inscribed “Coweta County Veterans who served in the Great War.”
 
 
702 Houston St.
Flomaton
AL
USA
36441
Medal of Honor recipient and one of Gen. Pershing's "Immortal Ten."
 
300 Main St, Van Buren, AR 72956
Van Buren
AR
USA
72956
No additional information at this time.
 
Crawfordsville
IN
USA
47933
 
North Osage Ave
Okmulgee
OK
USA
74447

Creek Nation Memorial Circle Warriors Memorial Monument. Located at Creek Nation Headquarters, Okmulgee, OK - North Osage Ave. & Oklahoma Hwy. 56 Loop.

 
1000 OK-56
Okmulgee
OK
USA
74447

Creek Nation Veterans Memorial Museum.  Located at Creek Nation Headquarters, Okmulgee, OK - North Osage Ave. & Oklahoma Hwy. 56 Loop.

 
 
700 block Montgomery Highway
Luverne
AL
USA
36049
 
128 E Bennett Ave
Cripple Creek
CO
USA
80813

September 7, 1996

This memorial honors all United States prisoners of war and missing in action from WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf.

 
142 Court Street
West Memphis
AR
USA
72301

No additional information at this time.

 
705 E. Union Ave
Wynne
AR
USA
72396
No additional information at this time.
 
125 Main Street
Crossett
AR
USA
71635

No additional information at this time.

 
 
125 Main Street
Crossett
AR
USA
71635

No additional information at this time.

 
1544 Sportsman Lake Road NW
Cullman
AL
USA
35055

This stone monument formerly located at the Cullman County Courthouse is now part of the larger Cullman Veterans Memorial Park at Sportsman Lake Park. It lists the names of the servicemembers from Cullman County who gave their lives in service during WWI.

 

Culver Legion War Memorial

          
Culver
IN
USA
46511
http://www.culver.lib.in.us/legion_war_memorial_program_1924.htm

11/02/1924

The Legion War Memorial Building was a monumental structure with a monumental mission when it was completed and dedicated: to stand as a memorial to war veterans -- both alive and fallen -- from Culver's ranks. Famous for its Gold Star at the entrance and its classical, exquisite architecture, the memorial building, of course, still stands today. The site features an imposing three-floor memorial building with a Gold Star room, Gold Stars on exterior, and a plaque in honor of those Culver academy students (unnamed) killed in the war from the Federation Interalliee des Anciens Combattants at the base of the staircase (presented and dated October 23, 1922).

 
Culver
IN
USA
46511
http://www.culver.lib.in.us/legion_war_memorial_program_1924.htm

November 02, 1924

 
 
Culver
IN
USA
46511

December 07, 1922

Three Memorial Elms were planted for the three Culver Military Academy cadets who died in the First World War.  These were planted in a ceremony attended by General Pershing.
 
301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard
Cumming
GA
USA
30040

Photos Courtesy of Lamar Veatch

This memorial is located at 301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, one block from City Square. Dedicated in May, 1992, by the City of Cumming, the memorial consists of individual pedestals to the different conflicts.  Each pedestal is topped with bronze replicas of appropriate historical artifacts of that war. 
 
100 Court Sq
Ozark
AL
USA
36360

1990

 
 
Memorial Stadium, 100 W Dallas Ave
Selma
AL
USA
36701

1949

Erected by American Legion Post 20 and V.F.W. Post 3016.
 
 
Old Live Oak Cemetery, 110 W Dallas Ave
Selma
AL
USA
36701
Erected by the Selma Memorial Association.
 
 
New Live Oak Cemetery
Selma
AL
USA
36701

November 11, 1929

Erected by American Legion Selma Post No. 20. The bricks were added at a later date to memorialize the African Americans from Dallas County who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
 
Highway 9 North. 186 Recreation Road.
Dawsonville
GA
USA
30534

November 11, 2005

Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

Park with large memorial wall inscribed with names from the Civil War to recent confilcts.  The WW1 section contains forty-four names.  Inscriptions on adjacent plaque:  “If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. – President John F. Kennedy”  “Welcome To All Veterans Who Have Protected Our Nation Through Military Service in Time of War.  Dedicated November 11, 2005”

 
Greensburg
IN
USA
47240

November 11, 1997

 
corner of East Street and Whiting Avenue
Dedham
MA
USA
02026

The memorial name is PAX (peace)

Information:
http://fwallen.com/portfolio/dedham-war-memorial-monument-1931/

"A large crowd gathered for the dedication ceremony of a memorial erected to honor those Dedham soldiers who died in the service of their country in the World War. The crowd was “reminded that the monument was for the people of Dedham, for those who had passed on, and those who were to follow.” (Dedham Transcript May 22, 1931)"

 
 
305 Grande Ave SW
Fort Payne
AL
USA
35967
 

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