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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.

 

Chattooga Co. -- Spirit of American Doughboyzoom
VFW memorial home
Trion
GA
USA
30753
The Chattooga County copy of the famous statue originally stood in Circle Park in Trion, but was moved to the VFW memorial home and rededicated in 1988.
 
Cherokee Co. - Canton - Brown Park WW1 Memorialzoom
251 East Marietta St.
Canton
GA
USA
30114
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch
“In Honor of Our Boys Who Fought in the World War”

“Their Names May Be Forgotten But Their Deeds Are Recorded in the Annals of Their Grateful Country”.
 
Cherokee County WWI & WWII Memorialzoom
100 W Main St
Centre
AL
USA
35960
1950
Erected by V.F.W. Leah-Rains Post 4652.
 
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Chester World War Memorial Stonezoom
81 Main Street
Chester
NY
USA
10918

"IN HONOR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE TOWN OF CHESTER: WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WAR"

 
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Chevron Veteran's Memorial Parkzoom
Simpson Ave. at 8th Street
Hoquiam
WA
USA
98550

Park contains a Memorial Monument to Hoquiam residents lost in World Wars 1, 2, Korea and Vietnam.
Also there is a granite marker to those who built the park and a very old bronze plaque dedicating a tree
to Clara Barton by “The National Woman’s Relief Corps Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic”, an
association of Union Army veterans of the American Civil War.

 
Cheyenne and Arapaho Veterans Memorialzoom
100 Red Moon Circle
El Reno
OK
USA
73022

Cheyenne-Arapaho-Veterans Memorial Wall

This war memorial stands on the grounds of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribal Headquarters. This is a beautiful war memorial, erected near the tribal administration offices. Four black granite pillars are engraved with the names of tribal members who have served in this Nation's wars. The photo gallery shows closeups of some of the names which are distinctly Native American. Above the four pillars a black granite cross beam reads: "Men and Women Who Served to Protect our Freedoms", and the words: Duty - Honor - Country - Tribe. A red granite gabled pediment is above engraved: "Cheyenne-Arapaho Veterans" and the words: Tsistsistas (Cheyenne) and Hinono'el (Arapaho). The center black pillar has a map of Oklahoma, with tribal symbols. It reads: "In honor of our veterans and the Gold Star Mothers we dedicate this memorial". Beneath that: "Our veterans gave a portion of their lives, and some lost their lives in order for us to enjoy the freedom we have now". The names of those Killed In Action are listed beneath. The memorial stands on an octagonal plaza with two benches and is lit at night. Designed and built by Willis Granite.

 
Cheyenne River Sioux World War I Memorialzoom
Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation
Eagle Butte
SD
USA

This memorial stone is located in the town of Eagle Butte, and honors the Sioux veterans, chiefs, and valiant men who died fighting in WWI.

The impetus to erect this memorial came from Congress, in April 29, 1930, when they passed the resolution to build a memorial in order to honor the twenty-five Sioux men who fought in WWI.

 
Chilton County Veterans Memorialzoom
500 2nd Ave N
Clanton
AL
USA
35045
May 26, 1986
 
Chinese American Veterans Memorialzoom
651 California Street
San Francisco
CA
USA
94108
 
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Choctaw War Memorialzoom
10 Council House Rd
Tuskahoma
OK
USA
74574

Photo courtesy of Forest County Potawatomi

This memorial is inscribed: In Honor of Those Choctaws Who Gave Their Lives in Defense of Our Nation. It is further dedicated to the Choctaw code talkers of WW1. Although Native Americans were not considered citizens during WW1, roughly 10,000 volunteered to serve. Once they reached the front, Native servicemembers were stereotyped as fierce warriors and frequently assigned to dangerous missions. As a result, they suffered casualty rates five times higher than U.S. troops overall.

 
Christos Kalivas Memorialzoom
Kalivas Park, Lake, Cedar, Chestnut, and Barry Sts.
Manchester
NH
USA
03103

A low relief bronze panel depicts a young man wearing a WWI military jacket, and that is set against an upright shaft of New Hampshire granite. At the top is a low relief image of an eagle, with wings spread fan-like upward, with a five-pointed star above its head. It was sculpted by Francoise T. Bourcier and dedicated on March 29, 1959, in memory of Christos Kalivas, the first Greek-American to die in WWI.

 
Churubusco War Memorialzoom
115 S. Main Street, Churubusco IN 46723
Churubusco
IN
USA
46723
1948

This tablet erected to perpetuate the memory of those who sacrificed their lives and honoring those who served in our armed forces.

 
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Circleville Veterans Memorialzoom
115 E Main Street
Circleville
UT
USA
84723

Donor bricks are located on each side of the walkway leading to the Circleville Veterans Memorial in the small park at approximately 115 E Main Street in Circleville, Utah. The memorial is dedicated to all those who have served, with sections for each war since 1865. A statue of a soldier, which can be seen in the picture gallery, stands near the memorial.

 
Citizen Soldiers Monument - Irvingtonzoom
Springfield Avenue & Nesbitt Terrace
Irvington
NJ
USA
07111
1922
Charles Keck

This monument was erected to honor the soldiers & sailors of Irvington, NJ who fought in World War I. It depicts a bronze soldier dressed in a military uniform with an open-collared shirt, holding a bayonet in his lowered right hand. In his left hand, he grasps an upright flagpole topped with a small eagle. A partially unfurled American flag wraps around the flagpole.

In the back of the figure, an anvil is placed atop a tree stump and topped with an open book and an oil lamp. The statue stands on an inscribed marble base decorated in its upper portion with a relief of garland leaves.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000277.

Photo courtesy of: Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)

 
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City of Renton Memorial Plaquezoom
523 S 3rd St
Renton
WA
USA
98055

This plaque is inscribed with the names of "the boys of the city of Renton who served in the World War" as well as the Bible verse John 15:13: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." A star next to a name signifies "Died In Service," meaning the servicemember was killed in action, died of wounds, died of disease, or died in an accident. The memorial is located in Veterans Memorial Park, south of the Renton History Museum.

 
City of Seattle Employee Honor Rollzoom
500 4th Ave #430
Seattle
WA
USA
98104

Dedicated in 1931
Restored and Rededicated 4-6-2017
500 Block of Fourth Avenue Employee Entrance Niche

This bronze Honor Roll contains the names of all city employees who served in The World War.
Names of service members lost in The Great War are precede by a Star.

 
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Clackamas War Memorial Plaquezoom
104 Tumwater Drive
Oregon City
OR
USA
97045

Veterans Memorial Building
Clackamas County
In Memory Of All Who Gave Their Lives For
The Preservation Of American Freedom
Spanish American War - World War 1 - World War 2
Erected Under the Direction Of
Waldo Caufield Post No. 1324
Veterans Of Foreign Wars Of The United States
1949

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1324 was chartered in 1925 in Oregon City,
Oregon and has been at the current location since 1949 when we built and
dedicated the Clackamas County Veterans Memorial Building, our Post home.
We are a VFW Post with active members who served in WWII, Korea, Viet Nam,
Iraq, and Afghanistan. We are involved in our community from West Linn and
Gladstone to Clackamas and Happy Valley, and of course Oregon City.

 
Clark County All Veterans Memorialzoom
Jeffersonville
IN
USA
47130
 
Clark County Veterans Memorialzoom
Clarksville
IN
USA
47129
 
Clark County Veterans War Memorialzoom
Fort Vancouver Barracks Park
Vancouver
WA
USA
98661

Dedicated In Memory of Those Who Died In
Defense Of Our Country - Lest We Forget
Dedicated: November 11, 1998
 
The original memorial located at the Clark County Courthouse was built in 1945. In the early
1990’s it was discovered that names were missing from that memorial. Because of the
smaller size, age and handicap in-accessibility of the original memorial it was thought a new
memorial might be in order. Upon a request from Clark County officials, the 40 et 8 formed
The Clark County Veterans Memorial Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Chuck Jones and
Coleah I. Penley-Ayers. Meeting monthly, committee members worked for five years uncovering
more missing names, designing, planning and fundraising. Primarily the memorial was funded
by individual donations from within the community.

 
Clark Veterans Monumentzoom
Clark Municipal Building, 430 Westfield Ave.
Clark
NJ
USA
07066

Attached to a stone marker is a bronze plaque dedicated to vet­erans. Beneath it is a marble inset engraved with the names of the wars -  WWI, WWII, and the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars.

 
Clarke County War Memorialzoom
350 Commerce St
Jackson
AL
USA
36545
1998
Erected by the citizens of Clarke County.
 
Clarke County World War I Memorialzoom
Clarke County Courthouse Square
Grove Hill
AL
USA
36451
1924
Monument dedicated to the servicemen from Clarke County who lost their lives during World War I. In 2002, a new honor roll tablet was added to replace the previous one that separated the service men based on race. The memorial is a contributing structure to the Grove Hill Courthouse Square Historic District.
 
Clay County Veterans Memorialzoom
25 Court Sq
Ashland
AL
USA
36251
 
Clay County War Memorialzoom
800 West Second St
Corning
AR
USA
72422
No additional information at this time.
 

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