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
In August 1919, Bergen County purchased land for a monument commemorating the role of Camp Merritt during the Great War at the intersection of Madison Avenue & Knickerbocker Road in Cresskill - marking the center of the largest embarkation camp in the US during WWI. Modeled after the Washington Monument, the obelisk is 65 feet tall and made of granite. Inscribed on the base are the names of the 578 people who died at the camp, mostly as the result of the 1918 influenza epidemic. A large carved relief by the sculptor Robert Ingersoll Aitken shows a striding doughboy with an eagle flying overhead.
Set into a large boulder is a copper plaque with a relief of the Palisades, illustrating that the Camp Merritt site was used as an area of embarkation. The plaque was designed by artist Katherine Lamb Tait.
The monument was dedicated on May 30, 1924. A crowd of 20,000 heard a dedicatory address given by famed Army General Pershing.
Narrative adapted from Bergen County, NJ official website.
Photo courtesy of: Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)
In Proud and Happy Memory
of the members of Camp Merryweather
who gave their lives for their country
in the Great War 1914-1918
JAMES FENIMORE COOPER
ALFRED MONTGOMERY GOODALE
EDMUND PIKE GRAVES
FREDERICK CHESTER LADD
PHILLIPS QUINCY MUIRHEAD
But yet-but yet-ah! ne'er forget
In tempest or in night
That clear and true still shines for you
The Merryweather Light
This memorial is located on an active military base at the Camp Robinson Chapel.
This memorial, the older of the two in Gillette, honors "all who served our country in time of war" and lists the names of those from Campbell County who gave their lives in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. It is located outside the courthouse.
This WWI Memorial is located along the road in a small park in Canaan, Vermont. It honors the soldiers from Canaan who served during World War I.
Erected by the Government of Canada in honour of the citizens of the United States who served in the Canadian Army and gave their lives in the Great War, 1914-1918.
"Few countries enjoy the bonds of goodwill and friendship that the United States and Canada share. Our common border remains the longest unguarded frontier on earth, and our nations have shared triumphs and tragedies throughout history. It was in this spirit of friendship that in 1925 Canadian Prime Minister MacKenzie King first proposed a memorial to the large number of United States citizens who enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces, and lost their lives during World War I. Because the Canadians entered the war long before the United States, many Americans enlisted in Canada to join the fighting in Europe.
"On June 12, 1925, President Calvin Coolidge approved the request, and on Armistice Day 1927 the monument near the Memorial Amphitheater was dedicated. Designed by Canadian architect Sir Reginald Bloomfield, the monument consists of a bronze sword adorning a 24-foot gray granite cross.
"The inscription on the cross reaffirms the sentiment expressed by Prime Minister King regarding Americans who served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Following World War II and the Korean War, similar inscriptions on other faces of the monument were dedicated to the Americans who served in those conflicts."
The World War I Cantigny American Monument is located in the middle of the village of Cantigny (Somme), near the church. This battlefield monument commemorates the first large offensive operation by an American division during World War I and stands in the center of a village which was captured during that attack. The village was completely destroyed by artillery fire. The location of Cantigny on high ground was an essential location for German forces. Its seizure by the Americans would weaken the effects of the German offensives in that sector.
The 28th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Division, reinforced by companies of the 18th Infantry Regiment, led the attack. Its assault began at 6:45 a.m. on May 28, 1918. Support included American and French artillery, mortars, machine gun, flame throwers, and tanks. Although they encountered heavy German resistance, the 1st Division units prevailed, seizing all objectives by noon. German counterattacks and heavy artillery bombardments continued for three days. The 1st Division units held firm to the ground they had gained. On June 2, the 1st Division assumed control of more of the sector, releasing French units to fight elsewhere.
The monument consists of a white stone shaft on a platform surrounded by an attractive park, developed and maintained by ABMC. The quiet surroundings now give no hint of the bitter hand-to-hand fighting which took place nearby many years ago.
A concrete obelisk, painted white, was erected here in about 1945. It originally had a bronze plaque listing the names of Lincoln County residents who were killed or lost in WWI and WWII. The plaque was stolen and replaced by another in about 1990 which honors veterans of all wars.
World War I memorial in Washington Park on the north side of Price, Utah.
Text of memorial:
In Memory Of
Carbon County Boys
Who Gave Their Services
And Lives In The
World War, 1917-1918
Stevenson, George West
Thomas, Guy Irving
Anderson, Edward C.
Baker, Burl H.
Crawford, Abraham J.
Curtis, Adolphus B.
Harding, Ben A.
Larsen, Lawrence E.
Mather, William H.
McComb, William J.
Michell, Charles, J
Naranjo, Joe R.
Roberts, John W.
Thomas, Arthur P.
Walkington, William H.
Worley, Nelden F.
Zobell, Henry R.
Erected By Price Chapter
Service Star Legion, Nov. 11, 1938
This memorial arch houses a ceremonial bell, which is inscribed: "In honor of those who served / In memory of those who died / We dedicate this Centennial Bell / October 31, 1916 ... October 31, 2016 / American Legion Post 512 / The people and City of Carmel-by-the-Sea." This monument was designed in 1919 by celebrated architect Charles Sumner Green and is constructed of carmel stone. For 44 years the memorial arch lay empty, as there were not enough funds to construct a bell. A donated bell thought to date back to 1692 was added to the memorial in 1966, where it stood until it was replaced by a new bell on Veterans Day 2016. The old bell is now stored at the library's Local History Room.
“Nov. 29, 1933 - Charlie Rabun Chapter No. 14 - D.A.V of W.W. - In Memory of Our Deceased Comrades”. “A Message to Future Generations.” Inscribed with thirteen names.
Side 1: They faced the perils of the sea and the hidden foe beneath the waves.
Side 2: They sought no glory but their country's good.
Two Honor Rolls entitled: Died in the service of their country.
This monument dating from 1919 has a memorial plaque for Cass County residents, and one for Dowagiac City residents. It sets at the start of Main Street right across from the front of City Hall.
There are two Granite Obelisks dedicated
to the memory of Castle Rock residents
who made The Supreme Sacrifice in the
wars of our Republic.
Inscription of WW1 Obelisk:
CHAS. S. CHISM
ELMER O. LEONARD
ALBERT W. ROSIN
The second obelisk features the names of
Castle Rock residents lost in World War 2,
Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Placed here in Memory of the Men from this community who participated in the World War
Rededicated by American Legion Post 48 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1957 to all veterans man and women of this area.
This bronze plaque is dedicated to the fallen members of the Quillis tribe, a local chapter of the Improved Order of Red Men fraternal organization. It is located in a cemetery shelter at Greenwood Cemetery, next to a similar plaque honoring WWII servicemembers.