World 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.
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.
at Everit L. Sliter Memorial Park
Beautiful local Veterans Memorial in a park with parking, children’s play area, restrooms, picnic facilities and trails.
Dedicated to the residents who served in WW1
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Dedicated on July 18, 1936 and rededicated on June 20, 1962, this is an 18-foot tall sculpture of a right hand holding a gilded-bronze flaming sword. On the sword's handle is a carved shield with a five-pointed star and a profile of an Indian chief (the second Division's insignia). This memorial was sculpted by James Earle Fraser (1876-1953) and honors the 17,669 members of the Second Division who died in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.
Paterson's Second Ward War Memorial is an allegorical female figure of America. She stands holding a staff in her right hand, classically draped in long robes. On her head, she wears a laurel wreath. A flag with the words "Don't Tread on Me" hangs on her left side.
The sculptor was Paterson's own, Gaetano Federici.
The inscription reads: "Erected by the People of the Second Ward and Friends in honor of those who served and died for our country in the World War 1917-1918 / Died in Service (list of 25 names) Nurses in Service (list of 10 names) Enlisted in Service (list of 38 names)."
A bronze plaque on back of base lists an additional 216 names.
The sculpture was originally installed on a center island in Union Avenue, then was moved to the north side of the street, and was later relocated to West Side Park in 1949 due to traffic concerns and increasing vandalism. In West Side Park, the sculpture was installed in the center of a large circular reflecting pool, but the pool was later drained. Vandalism continued in West Side Park, and in 1979, the sculpture was knocked to the ground in an unsuccessful theft attempt.
Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #77002923.
Photos courtesy of: Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)
A life size copper statue of a WWI infantryman rests on a rose marble and granite base. The figure carries a rifle through No Man's Land, and appears to be ready to throw a hand grenade. The base is inscribed with the names of war dead from WWI, WWII, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. lt was originally dedicated in 1920 by the Pettis County American Legion Post No. 16.
February 23, 1919, the monument was first unveiled at Central Park (now Centennial Park), honoring 11 men from Seminole County who died in service to their country in WWI. It is made of marble and in the form of a broken shaft symbolizing the youthful lives sacrificed in the prime of manhood for the "Cause of the right and the just." F.L. Miller of Milvis Marble Co. presented the monument to Seminole County.
February 24, 1985, the monument was moved to the American Legion Post 53 at 3506 Orlando Drive.
June 1988, the monument was moved to the American Legion's new home at 2874 S. Sanford Ave in Sanford.
November 11, 2006, the monument was moved to a place of honor here at the Veterans Memorial Park.
May 28, 2007, the monument was rededicated to the people of Seminole County.
Statue of World War I hero Sergeant Alvin C. York located on the grounds of the Tennessee State House in Nashville, Tennessee.
The base of the statue is inscribed:
ALVIN C. YORK
ARMED WITH HIS RIFLE AND PISTOL, HIS COURAGE AND SKILL THIS ONE TENNESSEAN
SILENCED A GERMAN BATTALION OF 35 MACHINE GUNS KILLING 25 ENEMY SOLDIERS AND CAPTURING 132 IN THE ARGONNE FOREST OF FRANCE, OCTOBER 8, 1918.
ALVIN C. YORK
PALL MALL FENTRESS COUNTY
FELIX DE WELDON
MONUMENT ERECTED 1968
BY ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE
WHAT YOU DID WAS THE GREATEST THING ACCOMPLISHED
BY ANY PRIVATE SOLDIER OF ALL THE ARMIES OF EUROPE.
MARSHAL FERDINAND FOCH
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF ALLIED ARMIES
Homer Gunn sculpted this bronze serpentine wall which is ten feet tall and approximately 100 feet long, weighing three tons. It has on it relief and cut-out images illustrating twentieth century warfare from WWI through the Korean War. WWII is symbolized with the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, airplanes, jeeps, trucks moving across a pontoon bridge, a helmet, a landing barge, submarines, a Sherman tank, paratroopers, an M1 rifle, flying fortresses, an aircraft carrier, the Pacific front with palm trees, a PT boat and the first atomic bomb. The Korean War is represented by the United Nations building, B-24 bombers, helicopters, a Walker tank, a walkie-talkie, a bazooka, jet planes, a wounded soldier tended by a medic, soldiers around a campfire and a map of Korea. It was dedicated on November 11, 1965, to those who served and died in those wars.
A small memorial to local residents who served in World War I.
This is a bronze sculpture created by Edward Berge (1876—1924), depicting a spread-winged eagle perched atop an unfurled scroll hanging down the side of a granite base. In its claws is an oak branch. On the stroll are the names ol the men from ihe Belair Rd. section of Baltimore who died during WWI. It was erected in 1921 at Belair Rd. and Glenmore Ave., and moved to another section of Herring Run Park in 1925. It was finally moved to its present site in 1933.
This site has four granite memorial markers for those who have served in all wars, listed by service branch. Gold stars mark the names of those who died in service. Around the markers and a central memorial structure stand seven flags: one for each branch of service, the United States flag, and the POW/MIA flag.
Sgt. Alvin Cullum York was one of the most decorated soldiers in World War I. On 8 October 1918, in the Argonne Forest in France, he managed on his own to eliminate a German machine gun unit and killed over 20 Germans, with only his rifle and a pistol. The German officer responsible for the machine gun position had emptied his pistol while firing at York, but failed to hit him. This officer then offered to surrender and York accepted. York then led the handful of survivors in a counterattack that resulted in the capture of 132 German soldiers. York was awarded the Medal of Honor and became an instant celebrity. After the war he led a quiet life and died on 2 September 1964. In honor of the centennial of the 1918 Armistice that ended World War I, the grave has been restored to include a new handicap accessible pathway to his grave, new benches, a decorative fence, poppies planted along with new signage that describes the importance of his grave, the Centennial of WWI, and his connection to Rotary International (which sponsored the restoration project along with the Sgt. York Patriotic Foundation).
The monument located adjacent to the man-made lake bearing his name, Shuey Lake. Sgt. Perry R. Shuey , a native of Lebanon, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in action during World War I near Fleville, France on Oct. 5, 1918. The monument was dedicated sometime in the late 1950s. It is located on Fort Indiantown Gap, an active military installation. Please visit the installation website for additional information www.ftig.ng.mil
Fort Indiantown Gap, PA, 17003
This large monument consists of a cross atop a tall stone spire overlooking the Mississippi River in St. Paul, MN. On the east face of the monument is a plaque reading: 'IN MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF SAINT PAUL AND RAMSEY COUNTY WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES IN THIS WORLD WAR. "GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS"' and 'ERECTED BY SAINT PAUL CHAPTER DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION A.D. 1922'
Granite monument located in front of the Sharpsburg Town Hall honoring those from the Sharpsburg area who served during World War I.
There are three bronze markers bearing the names of 67 men from Sharpsburg and the district.
The text on this monument reads:
In honor of those who made the supreme sacrifice in World War 1914-1918
Ballinger, Roy C.
Bower, Ollie G.
Clapper, Earl F.
Collier, Robert E.
Drain, Benjamin S.
Farr, George E.
Finney, Emmert O.
Fitzpatrick, John U.
Gaines, Fletcher W.
Meyer, Dennis C.
Moss, Leland S.
Schofield, F. Lee
Wilson, Robert K.
Attached to a granite millstone is a bronze inscription plaque honoring the Shutesbury men who served in WWI, dedicated in May of 1937. There is also a while framed honor roll of those who died in WWII.
Location: New York City’s Central Park
At the Base of a tree on the North End Of the Mall
Description: Consists of a Bronze Tablet on a cast stone base
Plaque Dedicated: 1928
Tree Planted: May 19, 1920
IN MEMORY OF
S. RANKIN DREW
KILLED IN ACTION MAY-19-1918
THIS TREE WAS PLANTED
BY S. RANKIN DREW POST
Corporal Drew, an American fighter pilot in the French Air Force is buried at the
American Battlefield Monument Commission’s
Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Cemetery, Suresnes, France
This Cemetery Dedicated in 1928 was acquired by the ABMC in January, 2017 from the French
Government after a long overdue joint restoration project.