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WW1 Memorials Map

memorial hunter 150100C 100M Icon smallThe 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

 

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WWI Memorial - Woodstown, NJloupe
Ashbrooke Avenue
Woodstown
NJ
USA
08098

A small memorial plaque sits beside Woodstown's Memorial Lake, both named in memory of local resident Charles F. Pancoast, Jr. who died in World War I.  The local American Legion Post is also named after him.

Today, additional veterans' memorials have been added both to the plaque and the site, commemorating other wars.  Two mounted cannons are also on display. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 
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WWI Memorial a.k.a. loupe
Norwalk Green
Norwalk
CT
USA
06851

This monument was erected and dedicated in front of the Norwalk Library on July 16, 1921. The monument in its entirety is made up of a French cannon on the top and a rectangle granite base that has copper tablets on every side with the names of the soldiers from Norwalk who fought in World War I.  In 1950 the monument was moved to Norwalk Green.  The 155 mm cannon was made in Bourges, France in 1877 for the French Army.  It was stationed in Verdun where the soldiers from Norwalk, part of the 26th Yankee Division, worked with the French Army. The plaque on the monument states that the cannon was captured by the German Army and then recaptured by the French Army. 

 
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WWI Memorial Boulderloupe
Memorial Point, Evergreen Park -- intersection of Fraley, Chestnut, and Birch Streets
Kane
PA
USA
16735
 
WWI Memorial Cannon - Garfieldloupe
Dahnerts Lake County Park
Garfield
NJ
USA
07026
1935

This memorial cannon sits atop a raised, rectangular concrete platform.  It has a metal carriage and features a riveted metal shield for protection to those who fired it. 

An adjacent granite monument reads, "Presented by Garfield Post 255, American Legion.  Dedicated in memory of our deceased comrades.  May 30, 1935." 

Photo courtesy of:  Sheena Chi

 
WWI Memorial Cenotaph - Morristownloupe
Municipal Building Plaza, 110 South Street
Morristown
NJ
USA
07960
1928
Joseph Nicolosi

This monument consists of an oblong granite base and a vertical granite slab adorned on the front with a bronze relief of a female figure representing Winged Victory.  She stands with her leg, hand & wing extended over the heads of a group of marching World War I soldiers.  She holds a palm frond in her right hand.  She is barefoot & dressed in a sleeveless, ankle-length robe with armor on her upper torso.

The monument was installed by the city to honor the Morristown men who died in WWI.  It was dedicated in 1928, on the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice.  The monument & its setting were designed by John R. Brinley & John S. Holbrook, civil engineers of Morristown. 

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000354. 

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

 
WWI Memorial Clock Tower - University of Detroitloupe
4001 W. McNichols Rd
Detroit
MI
USA
48221

The University of Detroit Memorial Clock Tower was built as a memorial to the 12 students and alumni who died in World War I.  As well as serving as a monument, the structure is built around the university's power plant chimney to disguise this industrial structure.
The clock tower is 175 ft high and was completed in 1926.  On the north side of the clock tower is an engraving memorial and 12 names:

 

TO THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MEN

WHO DIED IN THE WORLD WAR 1914-18

OUR HONORED DEAD

JOHN DESCHAMPS, CHARLES HARRISON, LOUIS MANS, EDWARDS J. BURNS, THOMAS G. KENNEDY, ALFRED FULLER, ROGERS MCNAMARA, JAMES WILLIAMS, LIONEL ESLIN, RUSSEL MCBREARTY, WILLIAM J. WILKINSON, THOMAS ABERY

FROM RELATIVES, ALUMNI AND STUDENTS

 

 
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WWI Memorial Gates - Ocean Groveloupe
Route 71 & Main Street
Ocean Grove
NJ
USA
07753
L. Manning & Sons

The memorial entry gates to Ocean Grove flank Main Street at the corner of Route 71. The two posts are set on concrete bases and have shafts marked with a series of squarish and oblong brick panels in the center of each side.  The remainder of the gateposts are sheathed in sandstone. The shafts are topped with capitals made of two stone slabs. Copper & frosted glass cylindrical lanterns sit atop the capitals. 

A bronze plaque mounted on the west side of the south gatepost identifies the gateposts as a memorial to those who fought in World War I.

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 
WWI Memorial Honor Roll - Cranfordloupe
350 Springfield Avenue
Cranford
NJ
USA
07016
1920
L. Manning & Sons

Originally located in Josiah Crane Park, where it was dedicated in May 1920, the monument was relocated to Memorial Park in 1958. The Cranford monument consists of two vertical, smooth-faced granite slabs set on horizontal granite slab bases - one commemorating WWI, the other, WWII.  Both slabs contain a large bronze plaque listing all of those individuals from Cranford and vicinity who served in the wars. The WWI plaque is surmounted by a bronze, double-headed eagle with outstretched wings, perched on rocks.

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 
WWI Memorial Honor Roll - Point Pleasantloupe
Freedom Lane & Baltimore Avenue
Point Pleasant
NJ
USA
08742
1925

This monument consists of an iron cannon placed on a brick & concrete gun carriage.  The carriage has brick walls.  A bronze honor roll plaque is attached to one wall and lists the names of Point Pleasant residents who served in World War I.

Dedication of this plaque occurred in July 1925 with remarks by Rev. Isaac Whitaker of the  Central ME Church.  Two little girls did the unveiling - Jean Baum, age 4 & Aldyth van Camp, age 3. 

Photo courtesy of: RC & Historical Marker Database

 
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WWI Memorial Park - Chathamloupe
Public Library, 214 Main Street
Chatham
NJ
USA
07928
1920

The World War I memorial in Chatham includes a small park & honor roll plaque, incorporated with plaques commemorating other wars.  The bronze plaque rests on a boulder located within a small plaza backed by a low, brick wall next to the public library. 

The grassy area to the west of the library is designated a memorial park commemorating those who fought in the Great War.  A bronze plaque mounted on a boulder indicates the park was dedicated on July 5, 1920; rededicated in 1997. 

Photos courtesy of NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 
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WWI Memorial Park - Metuchenloupe
Metuchen Memorial Park, Lake Avenue
Metuchen
NJ
USA
08840

Metuchen's triangular Memorial Park was established shortly after World War I to honor the local residents who fought in the war.  Today, it has been refurbished, and commemorations placed for those who fought in subsequent wars as well. 

The original park contained a center monument and flag pole surrounded by a circular hedge.  On the base of the flag pole were affixed three bronze plaques - the center dedication flanked by the alphabetical Honor Roll of local WWI soldiers (see vintage photo). 

Today, the park consists of a grove of trees, each honoring local soldiers from all 20th century wars, planted where the flag pole once stood.  The bronze plaque honor roll has been mounted on an angled concrete base set at a 45-degree angle.  Two square, flanking gateposts of rusticated concrete blocks with a concrete slab form the entrance to the arbor grove behind the honor roll. 

Vintage photo courtesy of:  New Jersey State Archives
Photo of bronze plaque triptych courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office
Photo Credits:  Sheena Chi

 
WWI Memorial Sgt. Ralph Lester - Westwoodloupe
Veterans Memorial Park, Washington Avenue & Madison Avenue
Westwood
NJ
USA
07675
c.2009

This is one of two WWI monuments in Westwood, NJ.

This WWI memorial consists of a small rectangular plaza dedicated to the memory of Westwood resident, Sgt. Ralph W. Lester.  It includes an interpretive panel flanked by two low concrete benches positioned around a VFW logo floor tile.

Sgt. Lester enlisted in June 1917 & left for France in May 1918.  He was killed by an nearby exploding shell in the battle of Ronssoy, France.  His body was never found. 

Photos courtesy of:  Bill Coughlin & Historical Marker Database

 
WWI Memorial Veterans Memorialloupe
Plymouth
MI
USA
48170

WWI Memorial Veterans Memorial  Plymouth,Mi

The plaque reads:
World War Veterans
This Tablet erected by
The ex-servicman's club of Plymouth
In memory of their comerads whose names
are hereon inscribed and who made the
supreme sacrifice 
- 1914 - In the Wrold War - 1918 -
Myron H. Beals
Walter E. Gordon
Charles Burch
Verson E. Henderson
Charles Chappell
David Oliver
Scott D. Cortrite
Harry J. Ratterbury
J. Edward Tighe

 
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WWI Memorial- Argo Parkloupe
4700 Logan St
Denver
CO
USA
80216

This monument, located at the corner of Logan Street and E. 47th Ave., was dedicated in 1948.

 
WWI Memorial- Boulder County Courthouse loupe
1325 Pearl St, Boulder CO 80302
Boulder
CO
USA
80302

This monument sits on the ground of the 'old' Boulder County Courthouse. It reads, "In Honor of the World War Veterans of Boulder County." The monument was erected in 1935 by the Nathaniel Lyon Women's Relief Corps No. 27 of Boulder, Colorado. The monument is about 20 feet tall and made of gray granite. There is an engraving of a typical World War I soldier with his rifle.  

 
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WWI Monumentloupe
10 Park Way
Lincoln
RI
USA
02865
 
WWI Monument & Howitzer - Scotch Plainsloupe
Park Avenue & Front Street
Scotch Plains
NJ
USA
07076
1920

This unusual two-part monument is located in the center of downtown Scotch Plains. It was constructed by the Victory Celebration Committee of Scotch Plains to recognize contributions of the community to World War I. It includes a flagpole and a cannon.

The cannon, made in Germany, was a gift from the United States Government in recognition that Scotch Plains had the largest percentage of over-subscription to the Victory Liberty Loan of any non-banking community in the Second Federal Reserve District. The subscription totaled almost $700,000.

The second part of the monument is an 80' street angle & latticework flagpole. At the base of the flagpole is a bronze plaque listing the 89 residents who served in the war and the 3 who died in combat. 

Narrative adapted from Images of America: Scotch Plains; Richard & Suzanne Bousquet; 1995. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 
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WWI Monument - Bayonneloupe
Donohue Park, Dodge & E. Fifth Street
Bayonne
NJ
USA
07002
1921

This World War I monument is a granite obelisk dedicated to the 104 Bayonne men who died in the war.  The square shaft sits upon a rectangular granite base which has a bronze honor roll plaque attached to the front, resting on a rusticated granite slab.  Midway up the tapered shaft are four bronze medallions, one on each side.  Topping the shaft is a bronze orb with an eagle perched on top with outstretched wings. 

The monument was erected by Killeen Park Club, who raised $5,000. 

Following its Armistice Day dedication, the "Hudson Observer" newspaper wrote the following day that several thousands gathered following a parade for the monument's unveiling & dedication.  "At noon business came to a complete standstill for two minutes while the people meditated and prayed."  After the raising of the flag, "several hundred school children gave the salute to the flag."  The dedication ceremony came to a close with the playing of "Taps." 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office 

 
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WWI Monument - Bordentownloupe
14 Walnut Street
Bordentown
NJ
USA
08505
1924
Frank Thompson

Built as a memorial to Bordentown residents who served in World War I, this monument originally sat in the middle of Walnut Street.  Today, it is located on the Post Office property corner, facing Walnut Street. 

It consists of a flat, rectangular granite slab with rusticated edges topped by a tapering quarry-faced, granite slab, square in cross-section. A pyramid of five, bronze cannon balls rests atop the slab, and serves as a perch for a bronze eagle, depicted with wings outstretched.  Bronze plaques on the faces of the slab honor residents who served in WWI and later wars. 

In June 1924, a local committee was formed to plan Bordentown's commemorative monument. Resident Frank Thompson sketched a rendering of a proposed monument and construction began in late October. The memorial was dedicated on Armistice Day 1924 with an address by the noted war correspondent, Dr. Herbert Adams, of Princeton, NJ. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 
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WWI Monument - Bradley Beachloupe
Borough Hall, Main Street (Rt. 71)
Bradley Beach
NJ
USA
07720
L. Manning & Sons

This monument consists of a three-level marble slab base. The top slab has a shallow-gabled top and has incised insignias on each side representing the US Army Air Corp, Infantry, Field Artillery & the US Navy. The next stage, square in cross section, has bronze plaques commemorating service of residents in WWI on all four sides. This stage is surrounded by an overhanging square stone slab that serves as the base for a classic stone obelisk with a crowning stone pyramidal top. 

The Bradley Beach monument is situated in the center of a circular, brick plaza in front of the municipal building. 

Photos courtesy of:
NJ State Historic Preservation Office
Plaques - RC & Historical Marker Database

 

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