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Monuments & Memorials

"The centennial of World War One offers an opportunity for people in the United States
to learn about and commemorate the sacrifices of their predecessors."

from The World War One Centennial Commission Act, January 14, 2013

DCWorldWarMonumen 1World 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.

Memorial Hunters Club

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.

 

Ripley County Veterans' Memorial Markerloupe
Versailles
IN
USA
47042
Unknown
 
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Riverhead WWI Memorialloupe
Riverhead
NY
USA
11901
Erected by People of Town of Riverhead, County of Suffolk, NY,in honor of Veterans who served and fell ( names ). Also an eternal flame on top. Memorial on grounds of Suffolk County Historical Museum.
 
Riverside Cemetery Soldiers Memorial Pavilionloupe
Spencer
IN
USA
47460
1939
Ernest Moore Viquesney
 
Riverside Park WWI Memorialloupe
2607 Niagara St
Buffalo
NY
USA
14207

This granite memorial is located in Riverside Park overlooking the Niagara River and is dedicated to Buffalo residents who fought in the First World War. It features a bronze plaque attached to the front which reads as follows:

"Erected by the grateful people of the 21st Ward. In memory of these, our heroes, who gave their lives for our country and in honor of our soldiers and sailors in the World War." That is followed by 40 names.

 
Riverside World War Monumentloupe
Attica
IN
USA
47918
August 1928
 
Road of Remembrance Gateway- WWI Memorialloupe
Hwy 287 & Arapahoe Rd
Erie
CO
USA
80516

These two stone pillars mark the gateway to the Road of Remembrance, which was envisioned as a tree-lined road welcoming veterans of World War I and their families into the community with open arms.  The pillars were erected by the Lions Club in 1928.  On the east side of the northern of the two pillars, club members placed a plaque which still reads, “Road of Remembrance Gateway, In Honor of Those Who Served in the World War, Erected by the Lions Club of Boulder.” The site is called Nine Mile Corner for its place nine miles south of Longmont and nine miles east of Boulder.  Financial difficulties prevented the construction in the late 1920s of a planned nine-mile WWI "Road of Remembrance" between Erie and Boulder. But the two sizable, quasi-Romanesque memorial pillars that were intended to serve as the road's gateway in Erie remain standing. 

 
Roanoke Memorial Fountainloupe
Roanoke
IN
USA
46783
May 27, 1928
 
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Robert Lester Blackwell Monumentloupe
Roxboro
NC
USA
27573

Robert Lester Blackwell was born on October 4, 1895, and was the son of a tenant farmer. On October 11, 1918, near St. Souplet, France, his unit (Co. K 119th Infantry 30th Division) was cut off and faced destruction. The officer in charge sent a man for help and he was killed. He sent another and he was killed. Then he called for volunteers and Blackwell tried to get through. He lost his life. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. The memorial is sponsored by the Lester Blackwell Post 138.

 
Rochelle Park WWI Memorialloupe
300 Rochelle Ave
Rochelle Park
NJ
USA
07662

Memorial listing all Rochelle Park Residents that served during WWI

 
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Rock of the Marne - Burlingtonloupe
540 High Street
Burlington
NJ
USA
08016
1923

Rock of the Marne - Burlington

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

100c 100m wwi centennial plaque The Rock of the Marne monument, designed by famed sculptor Roland Hinton Perry, located at the American Legion Post 79 on 540 High Street, is at the entryway to Burlington City. This statue continues to commemorate the loss lives and broken families of World War I as “the war to end all wars.” It portrays an American “Doughboy” ready to protect and defend. The statue was dedicated in memory of the dead from the 38th Infantry Regiment. The sculptor, Roland Hinton Perry, had a national reputation: Before his death in 1941, his work included two memorable statues at Gettysburg and the elaborate Court of Neptune fountain at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The monument consists of a copper WWI soldier in uniform with his front foot anchored on a rock. The soldier holds an angled rifle with bayonet, and has a pack against his chest.  The monument, in front of the VFW Memorial Hall, is flanked by several other war memorials. Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office.  Night photo - Nicholas J. Cuozzo . Vintage postcard - Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

 
Rockaway Beach World War Memorialloupe
Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Queens
NY
USA
11694

The Daniel M. O'Connell Post 272 of the American Legion dedicated this Joseph P. Pollia sculpture on November 11, 1927, as a tribute to those who died in WWI.

 
Rockdale Co. – Conyers – Walk of Heroes Georgia Veterans War Memorialloupe
3001 Black Shoals Road
Conyers
GA
USA
30012
in development
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

3-acre site being developed in phases that will cover the involvement of the US military from 1900 to the present.  Sections specific to World War 1 are planned. 

 
Rockingham County World War I Memorialloupe
Harrisonburg
VA
USA
22801
Charles Keck

To commemorate those who, at the call of country, left all, endured hardships, faced danger, and finally passed out of sight of men by the path of duty, giving up their lives that others might live in freedom. A list of 49 names of men from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County who died in service during World War I.

 
Rolette County Memorial Hallloupe
503 2nd Ave
Rolette
ND
USA
58366
June 15, 1932
Ernest R. Boyd

Rolette County planned in 1930 to levy $10,000 each year until it raised $22,000 for a community building. Ernest R. Boyd designed Memorial Hall with an auditorium and stage/gymnasium, meeting rooms, and a kitchen. The memorial was dedicated on June 15, 1932 and in 2017, the building houses the Rolette City Library while also still functioning as a community gathering space.

 
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Roll of Honor -- Colonial Beachloupe
Intersection of Beach Terrace and Boundary Street
Colonial Beach
VA
USA
22443

Pictures by Kevin W. at https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=20870

In May 1939 the Navy Department donated a 4.7 field piece to the American Legion Westmoreland County Post 148. This gun was transported to the Post Lot on Colonial Avenue across opposite the Dance Pavilion in June. In October 1939 the field piece was moved the triangle of property across from the Catholic Church, said property being owned by the Town. The Post also placed blocks under the field piece and painted the field piece in December. In March 1940, the Post requested permission from the Mayor to erect a flagpole at that location. In September 1942 the War Production Board requested the Post sell the field piece and turn it into scrap to help in the drive for old scrap iron. The membership voted to give the field piece to the authorities at Fort Belvoir if they would haul it away. On Sunday, October 5, 1947 at 2pm the War Memorial was finally dedicated after many years of planning and fundraising. One plaque containing the names of World War I & II veterans was secured to a marble base. Admiral C. Turner Joy and Mayor W.D. Williams officiated. In 1950 another gun was requested. The gun was the three inch gun currently at the Memorial. To date, additional names from other conflicts have yet to be added. In 1989 the Memorial was renovated. From the Journal Press NOVEMBER 7, 1989. Renovation of Colonial Beach War Memorial in progress Donations needed for plaques by L. Coates "Each brick is carefully nudged into place. An eagle eye ascertains whether its a perfect fit. An additional tap causes the bubble in the level to hit dead center. Such precision, such time consuming effort. For several hours each day; off and on over the course of two years, this labor of love for all veterans has been undertaken by Reverend Robert Lawrence and numerous associates. Their goal has been the renovation of the Colonial Beach War Memorial. Built in 1947 to honor ‘the Colonial Beach Boys' who served in World War I, World War II and the Merchant Marines, the memorial was on the verge of devastation. "The ground was giving way and there were cracks in it," noted Frances Karn Karn only has to peer out her porch window to see the memorial that her late brother, James D. Karn, was instrumental in having built. In the past few years, Reverend Lawrence, Tommy Salingrer, Bob Bristow, the late Irie S. Nichols, the late David Tubbs, the late Lawrence Torrence, the late Lloyd Thomas, Carlton Garrett, Marvin Cowan, Don Warner, Bill Timms, A1 Hicks and many others have joined forces to see that the memorial stood intact. They have since succeeded in building steps to the memorial, are currently working on paving the entire base and hope to install a sidewalk and handrail in the near future. The ultimate goal, noted Karn, is to add plaques to recognize the local men who served in the armed forces during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The late Jimmy Karn, a young man with Bulber polio, who spent many an hour writing to the men over seas, sending them newspaper clippings and writing articles about the servicemen in a local paper, spearheaded the effort for the memorial. L. C. Costenbader, Mayor of Colonial Beach at the time, was able to get the state to. donate a triangle of land on a beachfront street in Colonial Beach for the memorial. E.E. McCartney, a retired Naval Chief and Commander of the American Legion Post, was able to obtain a gun from a World War lI ship that completes the memorial. While many a child, and adults, too, are attracted to that tremendous gun, a plaque inscribed with numerous names, brings home the reason for the gun being placed there. Dedicated on October 5, 1947, the memorial is a result of numerous pledges by the community. In recent years, an additional $4802 has been raised to restore the memorial. Ms. Karn noted however, that those funds were dwindling fast. "There is probably enough left to finish the block work," she said, "but a lot more is needed for the memorial part itself (the additional plaques)." Kam noted that the free labor provided by the previously mentioned men along with donations of mortar sand from Bowie's Sand and Gravel (George and Marie Bowie) and other donations have kept the restoration efforts alive. Karn tries to supply the workers with drinks as often as possible. Others often provide lunch. Of the volunteer efforts Karn says "It's such a wonderful community thing. How many people do you know would get on their hands and knees and do that?" With cold weather approaching, Reverend Lawrence noted that his work will have to cease until the spring."

 
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Roll of Honor Plaqueloupe
204 5th Ave W
Lisbon
ND
USA
58054

Roughly 2' x 4' in size, this bronze plaque lists 514 names of "Our Boys" who served during WWI. The design of the plaque has an Army bugler at the top left, a centerpiece with an eagle, flag, title, and olive branches, and at right is a sailor saluting with a rifle. It was donated by the Union Service League of Lisbon and hangs in the main lobby of the Ransom County Courthouse.

 
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Roll of Honor plaqueloupe
120 E Broadway
Steele
ND
USA
58482

On the main floor of the Kidder County Courthouse near the entrance is a 24"x38" plaque honoring those who served in World War I from Kidder County. The plaque lists 83 names of "Our Boys" below a section with a bugler on the left, an eagle and flag in the middle, and a soldier with a gun on the right in bas relief. The plaque also includes the dates of the U.S. participation in the war, April 6, 1917 until November 11, 1918

 
Romney Veterans Memorialloupe
Romney
IN
USA
47981
Unknown
 
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Romney WV WWI Memorialloupe
Romney
WV
USA
26757

The courthouse was built in 1922, replacing an older one. The monument is dated to 1928.
Note the cut off log behind the statue; this is a funerary symbol for a life cut short.

 
Rose Hill cemetery Gold Star Monumentloupe
Bloomington
IN
USA
47404
November 11, 1923
 
Rose Window, Church of the Redeemer - Morristownloupe
36 South Street
Morristown
NJ
USA
07960
Parish & Schroeder

The striking rose window in the façade of Morristown’s Church of the Redeemer is dedicated as a memorial to those who returned from World War I.  Built in 1917, the pudding stone, Gothic Revival church was designed by the NY architectural firm, Parish & Schroeder. 

The stained glass rose window features elaborate stone tracery radiating from a central stone quatrefoil containing the Greek letters, Alpha and Omega.  Radiating spokes form the stems of elaborate leaves, each of which has a central stained glass shield. Between the spokes are six stained glass figures, possibly representing Apostles.  The beautiful window is placed within a circular quarry-faced stone surround.  The window was designed & fabricated by the English firm of Heaton, Butler & Bayne. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office 

 
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Rosedale Archloupe
3600 Springfield St
Kansas City
KS
USA
66103
Although most Kansas City area residents have seen the Rosedale World War I Memorial Arch in Kansas City, Kansas from I-35, few ever take the short drive to visit the arch and enjoy the great view of the Kansas City, Missouri skyline. Memorial Drive leads from Booth Street up to the memorial which is inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.

The 34.5' tall Memorial Arch was designed by Rosedale resident, John LeRoy Marshall. It was completed in 1923 and dedicated in 1924. In 1993, a small marker which doesn't fit in with the style of the memorial was placed beneath the arch, honoring those Rosedale residents who died in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Rosedale is a neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas and the Memorial Arch is dedicated to those Rosedale residents who served in the 42nd Rainbow Division during the Great War (WW1). Nearby Rainbow Boulevard is named for the division.

The 42nd Rainbow Division was formed in August, 1917 by National Guard units from 26 states and the District of Columbia. Led during part of the war by Douglas MacArthur, the Rainbow Division played a prominent role at the Battle of the Champagne and participated in other battles including those in the Chateau-Thierry salient, the Verdun front, and the final battle of WW1 at Argonne. The Rainbow Division is still active today and as of September 2015, the Division is made up from Army National Guard units from Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The best thing at the Rosedale Arch may be the view of the downtown Kansas City, Missouri skyline.
 
Roselawn Cemetery Veterans of All Wars Bell Towerloupe
North Terre Haute
IN
USA
47805
1933
 
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Rosemount Central Parkloupe
2893 145th Street West, Rosemount MN 55068
Rosemount
MN
USA
55068
Two WWI names enscribed: Ernest Bartlett Arthur Cliff
 
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Roslyn Veterans Cemeteryloupe
Intersection of Memorial Rd and W Montana Ave
Cle Elum
WA
USA
98922

This veterans' cemetery (actually composed of 25 separate cemeteries) is located just outside Roslyn, WA and contains a memorial for those "who made the supreme sacrifice" during WW1. Machine guns originally stood where the flower pots are in the above photo, but they were stolen in the 1990s. The photo gallery contains closeups of the memorial, a photo of the cemetery in general, and a photo of a board showing historical information about the cemetery.

 

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