The first hurdle participants face is finding local WWI Memorials. Though incomplete, the map below has the WWI memorials the WW1CC has gathered. So get your "Indiana Jones" on and help us find missing memorials with the Memorial Hunters Club, where you are encourage to search for and discover local WWI memorials missing from our register and map below. If you are the first to find a missing memorial, not currently shown on the national map, your contribution will carry your name as the discoverer. When completed, we will publish this mapped database for any organization, institution, school or group to use in any way they would like.
The 100 Cities / 100 Memorials program team
Also known as Memorial Hall, the World War Memorial Auditorium was built through the Works Progress Administration program and dedicated on September 30, 1937. The Art Deco building has been used for community functions such as graduations, dances, and sporting events as well as for city offices, police department offices, and by the American Legion.
The World War Memorial Building was built in 1930 to provide space for community functions, a national guard armory, gymnasium, and convention hall. It was also used by the ND State Legislature in 1931 after the original Capitol building had burned and hosted numerous inaugural balls for the ND Governors. The steel-framed building was built in the Art Deco style by Andrew Weinberger and still serves as a community gymnasium.
Ramsey County approved $100,000 in funds for this building in 1934 and ultimately some Public Works Adminsitration funds were also used. John Marshall of Devils Lake (originally from Scotland) designed the building to serve as a community recreation center and armory. The design pulled from the popular Art Deco and Art Moderne styles of the time and includes three relief panels depicting agricultural products over the entrance
This memorial building was started in 1932 and dedicated in 1934 despite only being partially built. It was completed in 1937 with the help of Works Progress Administration funds and originally had the largest indoor swimming pool in the state in the basement. The pool was removed in the 1960s. It also had an auditorium that could seat 3000 people but now houses city government. This building is currently threatened with demolition to make way for new offices.
The World War Memorial Building, built in 1935 in Columbia, is significant as an excellent example of early twentieth-century Classical Revival architecture. The building also has the distinction of being designed by the prominent local architectural firm, Lafaye and Lafaye. This Classical Revival memorial was built to honor the men and women who served in World War I and still maintains the architectural integrity of its original construction. The memorial was first proposed by Governor Richard Manning and approved by the General Assembly in 1919. In that same year the Assembly appropriated $100,000 towards its construction, which was later withdrawn due to the Depression economy. From 1919 to 1935 the War Memorial Commission raised building funds primarily through private subscriptions. In 1934, the state received $33,200 in a grant from the Pubic Works Administration, and in 1935, construction began without the funds originally appropriated by the state. The Memorial Building portrays a sense of strength and fortitude with its solid limestone construction and massive temple form columned facade. The carved detail of medallions, laurel, and memorial inscriptions remain in complete integrity. Listed in the National Register May 26, 1995
From its construction until 1960 the building was the home of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Then it was used by the University by the Department of International studies. From 1972-2002 the building became the home of the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Museum. It is now used by University Publications.
Above the front door it is inscribed:
Dedicated To The Men And Women Of
South Carolina Who Offered Their
Lives In the Winning Of The War
Beverly's memorial library is dedicated to its local citizens who served in World War I. A plaque reads, "World War Memorial Building / Erected by the citizens of Beverly and Edgewater Park as a tribute to those patriots of this vicinity who served their country in the World War / 1917-1918."
Photo courtesy of: Deb Hartshorn & Historical Marker Database
Between 1923 and 1930 Harvey W. Seeds American Legion Post 29 erected a World War memorial at Woodlawn Park Cemetery. It depicts a sailor, soldier, marine and an Army nurse. The sculptor was Robert Paul Goldie. He used local military personnel as models. Unfortunately the monument has been a frequent target by vandals. In 2010 Felix Sosa-Camejo American Legion Post 346 completed a major restoration, stripping off decades of paint and replacing missing limbs. These pictures were taken on September 1, 2013, still looking great.
There are several plaques on the Putnam Memorial Bridge, spanning the Quinnebaug River, honoring the Connecticut citizens who served in World War I. On each of the north and south bridge parapets were a set of three plaques, a large central one with an eagle over a scene of infantrymen moving toward a center state seal, and two smaller flanking ones depicting air and sea battles. The two smaller plaques are missing from the north end of the bridge.
Opened in 1926, World War Memorial Stadium has been the home of minor league and college baseball in Greensboro up until the 2000s. NC A&T University's baseball team still uses it. The stadium was dedicated on Armistice Day, November 11, 1926.
The stadium made a cameo appearance in the 1988 film "Bull Durham."
A bronze figure of a nude boy sits on a stump, holding in his lap an open book. Water flows from a spout at the top of the stump into a basin near the bottom. It was sculpted by Arthur Ivone and was dedicated in 1938 to honor those who served in World War I.
This monument was provided by the All American Legion Post 120; an unveiling was held on May 30, 1936. Names on the Monument are: Joseph Biart, Carl Boesel, George Fender, Thomas Pruitt (s/b Prewitt) and Rueben Hotchkiss
The Bridgeport War Memorial, originally dedicated to World War I veterans, is a boulder carved with faces of a soldier, sailor, and marine, modeled after photographs on a magazine cover. A small plaque is below the faces with the dedication date of October 29, 1933, and the officers of the ex-servicemen's organizations who sponsored the memorial. A larger plaque elsewhere on the boulder has a relief of an eagle and a list of the Bridgeport citizens who died in World War II. The original monument to the WWI veterans was sculpted by Thomas A. Sabatino.
This World War I monument consists of a quarry-faced stone slab with a bronze plaque mounted on the front. The plaque is topped by the image of an eagle with its wing spread extending beyond the raised frame. The honor roll lists the names of all Butler residents who served in the war.
Photo courtesy of: NJ State Historic Preservation Office
The Oak Ridge monument is located in a community cemetery. It consists of a massive structure of quarry-faced stone blocks topped by a pyramidal concrete cap, all resting on a square stone slab.
A bronze plaque is set beneath a stone lintel on the front face, listing an honor roll of Oak Ridge area residents who served in WWI.
Photo courtesy of: Bill Coughlin & Historical Marker Database
A concrete monument with a full-length bas-relief female figure clad in flowing robes and wearing a laurel wreath. Her arms are outstretched, and she holds a ribbon in her hands. The monument is topped with a round ball below which are four bronze bas-relief panels depicting scenes of war. The monument stands on a multi-tiered base.
Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000575.
Photos courtesy of: NJ State Historic Preservation Office
Vintage postcard - Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
This World War I monument is a two-columned structure.
On the right is a bronze doughboy statue atop a rectangular granite pedestal engraved with a dedication to the men who served the US in the war. It was erected by the town of West Hoboken, NJ (now part of Union City, NJ).
The uniformed soldier is ready to throw a grenade with his right hand; in his left he holds a rifle, the butt of the gun resting on the ground.
On the left is a taller rectangular granite pedestal topped by a granite orb. It contains a bronze honor roll plaque with a bas-relief across the arched top. The image is of a striding Liberty flanked by a soldier on her right & a sailor on her left. in the bottom two corners are images of a tank & an airplane. The plaque lists those men of West Hoboken who gave their lives in the war.
Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000574.
Photos courtesy of: NJ State Historic Preservation Office