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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.

 

Batesville Memorial Buildingloupe
Batesville
IN
USA
47006
August 1923
 
Batesville War Memorialloupe
320 E College Ave
Batesville
AR
USA
72501
No additional information at this time.
 
BATH ENLISTEES MONUMENT & MEMORIAL HONOR ROLL loupe
W. Bath Rd. & Lisbon Rd
Bath
NH
USA
03740

Originally Dedicated: 1923

The center grey granite column displays a bronze World War 1 plaque which reads:

            IN HONOR
                 OF
THE MEN WHO ENLISTED FROM
              BATH
IN THE WARS OF OUR COUNTRY
     ERECTED BY THE TOWN
            —————
1917 WORLD WAR 1918

Followed by the names of the 31 sons of Bath, NH who served in the “World War” including 2
who died in service, noted with a star preceding their name.

 

Plaques on either side of World War 1 list those who served and those who Made The
Supreme Sacrifice in World War 2 (91), Korea (29) & Vietnam (23). On the back of the
monument are plaques dedicated to those who served and sacrificed their lives in the
Revolutionary War (56), Civil War (124), The War of 1812 (35) and the Mexican War (5).

 
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Baxter County Courthouseloupe
1 E 7th St.
Mountain Home
AR
USA
72653

Courthouse for Baxter County, Arkansas.

 
Baxter County Courthouseloupe
1 E 7th St.
Mountain Home
AR
USA
72653
No additional information at this time.
 
Bay City Dough Boy by John Paulingloupe
100 E. Midland St
Bay City
MI
USA
48706
1924
John Pauling

Bay City Doughboy Statue by John Pauling

The Doughboy Statue was erected in 1924 after the Bay City Women's Improvement Committee approached the Bay City Commission about erecting a statue in 1923, Brady said. It cost $2,100.

The bronze statue has been under the care and auspices of the Bay County Library System. While there doesn't appear to be any documentation of maintenance of the statue, it's in remarkably good shape.

 
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Beaverton Veterans Memorial Parkloupe
12500 SW Allen Blvd
Beaverton
OR
USA
97005

This park contains many different memorials commemorating service in World War 1, including one for submariners and one for Medal of Honor recipients from all wars. The park is also home to many more monuments and memorials unrelated to World War 1, including Oregon's first Vietnam War Memorial.

 
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Beaverton WW1 Memorialloupe
Ross Lake Park
Beaverton
MI
USA
48612

The Survivor

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

100c 100m wwi centennial plaque Erected in 1925, the World War I monument "The Survivor" features a lone surviving soldier standing on the battlefield with a dead comrade on one side and a fatally wounded soldier on the other.  It is the survivor who must continue to strive to achieve the final victory so that his compatriots will not have died in vain.  The cement statue was designed and hand carved by German-American sculptor and artist, Helmuth Von Zengen.  It was reported that an estimated 3,000 people attended its unveiling in 1925. The statue originally stood in front of Brown Machine and was later moved to Ross Lake Park in 1986.

 
Bedford Veterans Monumentloupe
Bedford
IN
USA
47421
January 13, 1924
 
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Bel Air Armoryloupe
37 N. Main St.
Bel Air
MD
USA
21014

The castle-like Armory, designed by architect John Bentz Hamme; Builder: Lawrence Whalen & Co, was built in 1915, of Port Deposit granite, with two hexagonal crenellated towers and its machicolated cornice. Bel Air's local National Guard units marched from its doors to the Mexican border, and to service in Europe in World Wars I and II. This building has seen its share of patriotic festivals, community send-offs and a 1918 victory jubilee. The Armory even became Bel Air's Civilian Defense Headquarters during World War II. 

 
Belchertown War Memorial Flagpoleloupe
Town Common, Main St.
Belchertown
MA
USA
01007

An aluminum flagpole is supported by a square granite base bearing bronze plaques naming those from Belchertown who partic­ipated in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War, and those who died in them. It was designed by Alderman & McNeish and was dedicated on September 23, 1961.

 
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Belle Harbor Memorial Circleloupe
Veterans' Circle
2 Columbus Ave
New York
NY
USA
10023
1948

THE TREES IN THIS CIRCLE ARE DEDICATED / TO THOSE WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE / IN WORLD WAR II / 1941-1945 / ARTHUR A. AMRON --- GEORGE P. HUMMEL --- JULES D. SCHLICHTER / FRANCIS T. ACTON --- AUSTIN W. KELLY JR. --- DONALD R. SCHNEIDER / LEONARD A. BENJAMIN --- JAMES P. KENNY --- LOUIS SEIDMAN / HAROLD J. BLANTHORN --- JOHN M. LEWIS JR. --- MURRAY SEIFF / CORNELIUS M. CALPIN --- LEONARD KRAM --- DONALD W. SELZ / JOHN E. CORRIGAN --- THOMAS MCARDLE --- HERBERT SPRINGER / RICHARD H. DAVIS --- BERNARD MEEHAN --- JOSEPH K. THIER / HENRY J. DEHNERT --- JAMES F. O'BRIEN --- ALVIN S. WEISS / ALAN EVANS --- VINCENT W. O'KEEFE --- BERNARD H. WIENER / ARNOLD P. FOX --- HAROLD W. ROBERTS --- GEORGE WILLIAMS / HERBERT HOFFENBERG --- GEORGE P. ROLLY --- ARTHUR ZIEGLER / BELLE HARBOR GARDEN CLUB /

 
Belle Plaine Veterans Memorial Parkloupe
101 Commerce Dr E, Belle Plaine, MN 56011
Belle Plaine
MN
USA
56011
 
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Belleau Wood Monumentloupe
Corner of Rand and Ballard Roads
Des Plaines
IL
USA
60016

This memorial is dedicated to the service of the Second Division in Belleau Wood (formerly known as Senne Wood) during WW1.

 
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Belleau Wood Monumentloupe
Rue des Chevaliers de Colomb
Belleau
Hauts-de-France
France
02400

Belleau Wood is located on the high ground to the rear of Aisne-Marne American Cemetery south of the village of Belleau (Aisne), France. In the center of the road leading through the woods is a flagpole and a monument commemorating the valor of the U.S. Marines who captured this area in 1918. 

It commemorates the actions of the 4th Marine Brigade of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Division. The 2nd Division attacked German positions beginning on June 6, 1918. The 4th Marine Brigade liberated Bouresches that day. Its 5th and 6th Marine Regiments fought in Belleau Wood through most of June 1918.  Their gallant actions resulted in the Battle of Belleau Wood ending on June 26. On June 30, 1918, the Commanding General, French 6th Army, officially renamed Belleau Wood as “Wood of the Marine Brigade.”  The 2nd Division sustained casualties of 8,100 officers and men during the intense fighting in this vicinity during June 1918.

Vestiges of trenches, shell holes, and relics of the war to include weapons found in the vicinity, may be seen near the marine monument, which was erected by the U.S. Marine Corps.

 
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Bellevue WWI Memorial Monumentloupe
201 NE 4th St
Bellevue
WA
USA
98004

On November 11, 1926, the Bellevue Minute Women dedicated a bronze plaque and 65' wooden flagpole to the memory of the three Bellevue citizens who lost their lives in WWI. 89 years later, the memorial was restored to prominence by the "Lest We Forget" committee of VFW Post 2995 in conjunction with Jewish War Veterans Pacific NW Post 686, the Bellevue Department of Parks and Community Services, the Eastside Heritage Center, and the Bellevue City Council. Although the original flagpole no longer stands today, the restored memorial contains a metal representational remnant. It also features a new sculpture depicting a ceremonially folded American casket flag with three roses placed on top. Nearby, three elm trees in a memorial grove symbolize the three fallen sons of Bellevue. Every Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day, three flags are flown to honor the servicemen's memory; there are also plans to hold commemorative ceremonies recognizing the centennial of each man's date of death. The memorial is located in the center of Bellevue's Downtown Park.

 
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Bellicourt American Monumentloupe
Bellicourt
Hauts-de-France
France
02420

The Bellicourt American Monument is one mile north of the town of Bellicourt, west of highway D1044. Erected above a canal tunnel built by Napoleon I, it commemorates the achievements and sacrifices of the 90,000 American troops who served in battle with the British Armies in France during 1917 and 1918. Engraved on the rear facade of the memorial is a map illustrating the American operations; on the terrace is an orientation table.

The 27th and 30th Divisions came to the vicinity after fighting Belgium earlier in September 1918. The St. Quentin Canal Tunnel passes beneath Bellicourt and Bony. It was part of the Germans’ formidable Hindenburg Line, which was broken by the American troops in a brilliant offensive in September 1918. The Bellicourt Monument lies above the tunnel.

The 30th and 27th Divisions went into the line in adjoining zones of action on September 24 and 25 respectively, under tactical control of the Australian Corps. After actions in succeeding days, they participated in the main Allied offensive beginning on September 29.

Both the 27th and 30th Division engaged in heavy fighting with many casualties. Australian troops passed through the American divisions and continued the offensive. The 27th and 30th divisions were relieved from the vicinities of Bellicourt and the area west of Bony on September 30, 1918. American casualties from fighting in this region are interred at the Somme American Cemetery near Bony, a mile to the northwest.

 
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Belmont Roll of Honorloupe
Church St. and Church Hill Rd.
Belmont
NH
USA
03220

On a bronze plaque is a relief WWI scene depleting an allegor­ical female figure representing America or Columbia, standing in flowing robes. One hand holds a flagstaff bearing the American flag, and the other rests on a shield. Flanking her is a kneeling WWI in­fantryman and sailor. Above the three is an eagle.

Beneath is a roll of honor with a list of names of men who served during the Civil War, Spanish-American War, and WWI. The plaque is mounted on a rock-faced base comprised of an upright granite block atop a shorter, wider block. On the back is a bronze plaque honoring local citizens who died during WWII and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The monument was produced by Liberty Bronze Works and was originally dedicated on Armistice Day, 1919.

 
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Benewah County Veterans Memorialloupe
17599 Idaho Highway 5
Saint Maries
ID
USA
83861

A year’s worth of work was dedicated at the Benewah County Veterans’ Memorial Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. 

The dedication ceremony started at 1 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in St. Maries. Prominent in this Memorial
is a Medal of Honor Monument to the four Benewah County Service Members to receive The Congressional
Medal Of Honor.
Woodlawn is also the site of the Fire Fighters Memorial, 57 graves are arranged in a circle each is one of
the Fire Fighters lost in the Great Forest Fire of 1910. 57 of the 92 people who died in this fire rest here.

 
Benton County War Memorialloupe
401 NE Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
Bentonville
AR
USA
72712

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Berea Triangle WWI Memorialloupe
Berea
OH
USA
44017

The Berea memorial on the Berea Triangle, along East Bridge Street, lists residents who served during the Great War.

 
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Beresford War Memorialloupe
Corner of N 2nd St and E Cedar St
Beresford
SD
USA
May 27, 1991

This memorial honors each branch of the Armed Forces as well as those who served in World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon, and Desert Storm.

 
Berlin’s Heroes of the World War loupe
Pleasant and Union Streets
Berlin
NH
USA
03570

Creator: Raymond Averill Porter, noted Boston sculptor
Monument elements: Concrete base, Milford pink granite shaft and bronze relief panels.
Cost: Funded by the City of Berlin, NH in the amount of $6,720.
Original location name: Grand Trunk Railway station on Mount Forist Street in Depot Square.

On April 29th, 1919, Company L of the 26th Division assembled on last time at this location upon
returning from their service in France, after which they were Honorably Discharged, but not all of
those 1.040 men who left returned home. 34 men Made The Supreme Sacrifice in the service of
their country defending liberty. The names of those who’s served and those that sacrificed appear
here for all to see, remember and thank for what they did. When I see a perfect example of a
community War Memorial I think of the country song, All Gave Some And Some Gave All.

 
Berrien Co. — Nashville — Spirit of American Doughboy (original)loupe
Berrien County Courthouse Square
Nashville
GA
USA
31639

The first of the statues by sculptor E. M. Viquesney. It honors the 60 Berrien County residents who died in service during World War I, including 28 who perished in the disastrous sinking of the troop ship Otranto off Scotland in 1918.

Copies of this statue were placed in many other communities throughout Georgia and the United States in subsequent years.

 
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Berryville Town Squareloupe
Berryville
AR
USA
72616
Town Square in the city of Berryville, Arkansas.
 

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