World 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.
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.
Wallie Funk, Sr. & Charles Pinson
The streets are alive with colorful caricatures from the city’s past, many that tell a story showing old modes of transportation.
The brain-child of local historian and artist Bill Mitchell who, though wheelchair bound, has painted nearly 120 murals since 1984. Many are located in their proper locations, most in the old town area.
The correct name of Petty Officer Pinson’s ship is the USS Chebaulip (A Navy Supply Ship)
4839 Gross Tons, Length 380.0', Beam 53.75', Comm. 11 Jul 18, Decom. 9 May 19, ID # 3141
Ardmore Memorial Park is the home of Carter County Veterans Memorial Square and the Oil Patch Warrior statue dedicated to WWII energy workers.
During the period from April 1920 through July 1921, the remains of many servicemen buried in Europe during World War I were disinterred. These remains were either reinterred in selected cemeteries in Europe or returned to the United States. Of these, the remains of about 2100 were reinterred in Arlington National Cemetery, specifically, in Section 18. Through the efforts of the Argonne Unit American Womens Legion, the Argonne Cross was erected to their memory and in their honor. It is situated in the southwest corner of Section 18 and faces east. A grove of 19 pine trees are on 3 sides of the Cross (North, West and South). These trees are symbolic of the Argonne Forest where many of the men fought. At the juncture of the arm and stem of the cross is carved, in low relief, an eagle and wreath.
The inscription on the east side of the base reads:
In memory of our men in France
The inscription on the west side of the base reads:
Erected through the efforts of the Argonne Unit American Womens Legion
No additional information at this time.
Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. Service to country is the common thread that binds all who are remembered and honored at Arlington.
This memorial is part of the US Armed Forces Legacy Park, which honors veterans from every US war. The park also contains a plaque wall listing names of servicemembers from WWI as well as the Civil War, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Armistice Bridge was rebuilt in 2006 replacing the crumbling Memorial Bridge that was built-in 1921 and dedicated in honor of the sons of Waldo County who died in World War I . The 1921 Memorial Bridge was the largest memorial to World War I veterans in its time. The plaque reads: "THIS BRIDGE IS DEDICATED IN HONOR AND MEMORY OF THE SONS OF WALDO COUNTY WHO DIED IN THE GREAT WORLD WAR" 1914 - 1918 Then lists the fifty five men there after.
The memorial is located inside Hamburg City Park.
Buried here is Rags, the mascot of the 1st Division. He was considered to be a WWI war hero, and lived from 1916 to 1936.
A pedestrian plaza along the eastern side of the Clarke County Courthouse on Washington Street in downtown Athens, dedicated to the veterans of all wars.
The historic cemetery on the National Register of Historic Places includes numerous monuments of the World War I era, including a World War I memorial erected in 1925.
“This Memorial is Dedicated to the Honor and Memory of the Veterans of the United States of American from Atkinson County, Georgia. Their Valor an Sacrifice has allowed us our freedom. Many Gave Their Last Full Measure to Insure Peace and Preserve the Rights We Rely Upon. We Must Not Forget.”
It is inscribed with the names of three WW1 soldiers.
East Morningside Drive at Rock Springs Rd.
1662 Rugby Avenue
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch
G.M.A. World War Heroes
Whose Fidelity to Duty
Honor and Country was
Only Commensurate with the
Supreme Sacrifice they Made
Dulce et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori
“It is sweet and glorious to die for one’s country"
The Grove runs several blocks in the median of Central Avenue from Troup Street to Monte Sano Avenue, and includes a marker commemorating Augusta residents who fell during World War I.
American Gold Star Mother Tribute, Greene at 11th Streets, Augusta
“In Sacred memory of the Men of Richmond County Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice - World War 1”
“Erected By Woodlawn Camp No. 55 Woodman of the World”
This World War I Memorial in the Greene Street median in downtown Augusta pays honors to veterans of The Great War with the following inscription:
"The men of Richmond County, of every creed and color, who served at their country's call that aggression and lawless force should not dominate the world."
The reverse side of the monument says: What stands if freedom fall? - Kipling 1914
The tall, slender obelisk topped by a figure of an eagle was erected in 1940 by the Richmond County Association.
The "Ivy Division" is a unit with a proud history dating to World War I. In December 1941, the 4th was the first unit assigned to Camp (now Fort) Gordon after its move to Augusta from DeKalb County. The monument lists the many battles in which the soldiers of the 4th distinguished themselves, including:
On May 30, 1922, the Austin Reedy Post 97 of the Montana American Legion dedicated a WWl Memorial Statue. It was in honor of the men who died during service in WWl. Austin Reedy was the first war casualty. Some of these men did not die in battle, but were members of the Armed Services at during WWl. All men were from what is now Lincoln County Montana. Libby is the County Seat. The Statue is on the corner of Mineral Ave. and Lincoln Blvd. Since it's dedication it has been a rallying point for parades, speeches and community events. All soldiers originally met at the monument on Decoration (Memorial ) Day and marched to the Cemetery for Remembrance Services.
131 N Court St
3300 N Grandview Dr
September 10, 1919
Photo courtesy of Phil Luciano / Journal Star
This memorial consists of a 25-foot-tall Greco-Roman column with a bronze eagle on top. The column's base contains four bronze plaques listing the names of WW1 servicemembers. For more information about the history and upkeep of the memorial, visit the "101 Things That Play in Peoria" website linked above.