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The World War I monument in Wildwood, NJ features the helmeted head and arms of a doughboy, holding the hilt of a sword, looking over the top a tall, rectangular, granite pillar. The sword bisects a cross, with the words loyalty, courage, sacrifice and victory in each of the four quadrants. The monument is “Wildwood’s Tribute to the glory of her sons, 1917-1918.” Around the four sides of the flat, rectangular, marble base are the names of six significant WWI battles abroad.
The sculptor of the doughboy is unknown; the granite pillar was completed by O. J. Hammell of Pleasantville, NJ.
The monument was dedicated on May 26, 1927 by Senator William Bright. “The Wildwoods” – Wildwood, North Wildwood & Wildwood Crest – sent 33 people to serve in the war. Three died, including one woman. The American Legion coordinated the dedication event, which included a parade through town honoring veterans and the new monument.
The monument was erected prominently directly across the street from the Pennsylvania Railroad Station. Being a shore community, thousands of tourists exited the train on this spot. The train station is long gone today, and the monument’s park is now in front of senior housing complex.
Narrative adapted from a history of Wildwood’s parks in The Sun.
Photos courtesy of: NJ State Historic Preservation Office
Vintage photos courtesy of: The Sun
This fountain was initially dedicated to the memory of the local citizens who served in World War I, and later the dedication was extended to veterans of all wars. In the center of the fountain is the Albin Polasek sculpture, Emily, which was presented to the city on March 11,1984.
The West Boxford Improvement Society dedicated this monument in 1934 to honor those from Boxford who died in WWI. It consists of a stone boulder and bronze plaque featuring the image of a spread-winged eagle.
Five hundred men from the Wheaton area enlisted in World War I from 1917 through 1919, 13 of whom died in service. In 1922, a memorial consisting of two bronze plaques with the names of all 500 men was mounted on an obelisk and placed at the Warren L. Wheaton home at Roosevelt and Naperville roads. Five hundred ash trees were planted along Roosevelt Road leading up to the obelisk to create Wheaton’s Road of Remembrance. When the road was widened in 1931, the trees were moved to various parks throughout the city, and a new obelisk was built at Northside Park and rededicated in November 1936. Through time, the obelisk became worn and damaged by age. Eventually, the original bronze plaques were reinstalled and the memorial was restored and rededicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2017.
In the Wickford section of North Kingstown, there is an obelisk in the center of a small green at the corner of Main Street and Brown Street, known as Updike Park. This obelisk is a monument for the residents of North Kingstown who served in World War I.
The monument stands at least 20 ft tall, and has bronze plaques on each side at about eye level.
The plaque facing Brown Street (east) has the following text:
"Dedicated to those who answered their country's call to serve humanity in the World War 1917-1919 and in memory of those who died in that service...[list of names who probably died in service]...Erected by the Town of North Kingstown, 1928."
Each of the other three plaques has names under the military branch they served. The south and north plaques lists the honor roll of those who served in the Army, while the west plaque lists those who served in the Navy. At the base of the obelisk are brick sidewalks, many with names in them.
In 1919, two young Glen Carbon residents, Emil Trentaz and Harry J. Seaton, were killed in battle in France. After their deaths a group of Glen Carbon residents decided to recognize the two soldiers with a statue in their honor. This group held carnivals and dances to raise funds as well as soliciting individual and business donations to help pay for the commissioned artwork. In November 1920, the Doughboy Statue was erected in Glen Carbon Cemetery to stand over the soldiers' graves.
This is a life-size statue of a standing WWI soldier, made from limestone or sandstone. He is standing at attention with his rifle at his side, next to a tree trunk. It was dedicated in May of 1920, financed in part by pennies saved by the children who attended the school where the statue stood. It lists the names of 11 Matamoras citizens who were killed in WWI, and is surrounded by a wrought-iron fence.
The inscription on this marker, erected in 1933, reads:
World War I
1914 — 1918
Dedicated to the men
and women who served
in the great war which
was believed to be the
final war of human
liberty and the "war to
end all wars".
This monument was dedicated on November 11, 1919 in honor of those from Middleton who served in World War I and in memory of the four who died: Rupert M. Burstan; John Hoffecker; Jeremiah Jackson; and E. Davis Manlove. The original eagle atop the monument shattered during restoration in 2007 and a new eagle was unveiled in its place in 2008.
This statue, honoring World War I veterans on the Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary, was installed in November 2021. The $29,000 monument, paid for through private contributions and local veterans organizations, features a bronze statue of a World War I doughboy carrying a Springfield 1903 rifle and bayonet. The statue was placed so the doughboy appears to look at the sanctuary's central walkway that honors local veterans who have died.
This granite marker was placed by the Ladies Auxiliary, Coeur d”Alene Barracks 227, of the now dissolved veterans service organization (VSO), Veterans of
World War I of the United States, Inc. The year of the markers dedication and its original location are not known, but it was moved to this location from somewhere
else. It now stands at the base of the GAR, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Monument here in Forest Cemetery. There is a World War I section of this cemetery
with the all to typical empty flag pole. At the poles base is a vacant concrete base. What stood there is not known.
The Veterans of World War I of the U.S.A., Inc. was organized by War I Buddies in 1948, uniting in fraternal, civic and social comradeship those who served honorably in the
Armed Forces of the United States during the period of World War I beginning 6 April 1917 and ending 11 November 1918, "Armistice Day." And for those who served in
Siberia 11 November 1918 to 1 July 1921. 4,734,991 men and women participated in the First World War. The VWWI was incorporated by the 85th Congress on 18 July 1958.
The Memory of these Soldier, Sailors, Airmen & Marines is carried on by their descendents:
Order of the First World War, 14497 NW 22nd Place , Newberry, FL 32669-2022
Danville's monument to Vermilion County's World War I veterans was sculpted by Lorado Taft.
Statues representing Army, Marine, Navy, and Red Cross nurses guard the marble base, where the names of local men who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I are listed.
This monument was erected during the 1960s to honor veterans of the World and Korean Wars.
Located here is a monument to the local residents who served in four 20th century American wars.
A monument in this small town commemorates the local residents who served in four 20th century American wars.
On a granite stele is attached a bronze plaque topped with a small relief of an eagle. To either side of the plaque arc engraved the insignia for the veterans of the Spanish-American War and WWI, who are honored by this memorial.
This World War Memorial is in the mid-city (ish) area of Los Angeles at the southwest corner of Adams and La Brea on a traffic island. From the street, it is mostly hidden by a metro stop girder. Originally erected in 1936 by the now defunct Greayer Clover American Legion Post. The inscription reads:
SONS AND DAUGHTERS
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE CAUSE OF
THE WORLD WAR
Sometime after '45 it was obviously rededicated, but no one seems to know when.
This traffic island was referred to as "Memorial Isle" in the LA Times Archives, and there would be small services there every Memorial and Armistice/Veterans Days. Surrounding patrons used to send the American Legion flowers to display The dirt (which seems to be gone...the, what I assume was, nice top soil is now just a rough grain of sandy stuff) was donated from "US Veterans cemeteries around the world", - we are unsure if these were from ABMC run cemeteries or part of the National Cemetery system.
Corner of La Brea and Adams
Los Angeles, CA, 90016
The inscription on this memorial states "Erected by the people of Pembina Township to the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice for Our Country in the great World War" on one side. The other side has the names of two soldiers and the date of 1918. While it was erected in 1918, the dedication was not held until May 30, 1920 with Governor Lynn J. Frazier delivering the address. The memorial was moved from its original location in Selkirk Park to the Pembina State Museum in 1998 due to a flood control project.
Dedicated on November 11th, 1958 and located right outside of Brookline's town hall, this memorial recognizes individuals from Brookline who served and who lost their lives serving in the armed forces of the United States. Specifically, the memorial lists the names of those who were killed in action during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The inscription in the center of the memorial reads: "Dedicated to the men and women of Brookline who served their country in the armed forces of the United States of America in time of war and in loving memory of those who gave their lives." On the viewer's lefthand side of the memorial are the names of those killed in action during World War II. On the viewer's righthand are the names of those killed in action during World War I (left panel), the Vietnam War (right panel, top), and the Korean War (right panel, bottom).