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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.

 

Tarrant Veterans Memorialloupe
1700 Pinson Valley Alley N
Tarrant
AL
USA
35217
 
Tarrytown World War I Memorialloupe
N. Broadway and Hamilton Pl.
Tarrytown
NY
USA
10591

Sculpted by Joseph R Pollia, this ten foot tall memorial features a WWI soldier standing at a gravesite, with his eyes gazing down at a grave. His left foot is on a small mound of dirt, and his left hand rests on his knee. He holds in his hands his rifle and helmet. It was dedicated on May 30, 1927, as a tribute to those who died in WWI and all from Tarrytown who served.

 
Tatnuck Square Memorialloupe
Tatnuck Square, 1-, 29 Mower St
Worcester
MA
USA
01605

A tow-backed granite bench has a higher center section with a bronze plaque attached to it. On the plaque is an image of an eagle and inscription dedicating it to those from Tatnuck who served in WWI. It was dedicated on September 10,1927.

Beneath the main plaque is another placed there in memory of Pvt. Herbert O. Whitaker, who was killed in action at Belleau Wood, France, on July 18, 1916.

 
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Tekamah, War Memorialloupe
Tekamah Cemetery
Tekamah
NE
USA
68061

Two stone figures approximately six feet tall stand next to each other atop a seven fool tall stone base. The bearded one is from the Civil War, holds a gun in front of him and has his hand on the other's shoulder. The other is from WWI is younger and has one hand on the barrel of the gun, with the other one raised. This was dedi­cated to the memory of "our country's defenders" in the Civil War, Spanish-American War and WWI and to "Fraternity, Charity, Loy­alty."

 
Telfair Co - Lumber City -  Armed Forces Memorialloupe
Highway 341
Lumber City
GA
USA
31055
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch
Three granite monuments with inscribed brick pavers, 2 of which are for WW One soldiers
 
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Telfair Co. -- All Wars Memorialloupe
Third Avenue at Golden Isles Parkway
McRae
GA
USA
31055

Memorial contains the inscribed names of eighteen WW1 soldiers.  

Also on the site is a stand-alone monument to James E. Livingston, USMC, Congressional Medal of Honor, awarded May 2, 1968.

 
Temple of Victory - Manalapanloupe
Old Tennent Church, 448 Tennent Road
Manalapan
NJ
USA
07726
1920
LL Manning & Son

This Temple of Victory Monument, located at Manalapan's Old Tennent Church Cemetery, is dedicated to Monmouth County residents who lost their lives in World War I. 

It consists of an elaborate Barre granite canopy supported by four corner Doric columns, resting on two, tiered, square concrete slabs.  The base is 10' square; the dome is 14' high.  The canopy consists of a round ceiling slab with angled square corner blocks, decorated with stars & crossed weapons. 

Standing under the canopy is a stone slab with slanted upper surface commemorating the monument. 

The designers & builders were LL Manning & Son of Plainfield, NJ.  The monument was dedicated on November 21, 1920 with an address by New York lawyer, Howard R. Cruse.  The Camp Vail band performed. 

Photo courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 
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Tennessee War Memorial Buildingloupe
301 6th Ave N
Nashville
TN
USA
37243

Tennessee War Memorial Building

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

100c 100m wwi centennial plaque The Tennessee War Memorial Building is situated in downtown Nashville at the base of the state capitol, and was built as an enduring memorial to the Tennessee soldiers who died in World War I.  Begun in 1923 and dedicated in 1925, the memorial initially included an auditorium, a park, and rooms for an archives and museum to preserve the state's heritage and encourage civic engagement.  The Tennessee State Museum operated in the museum space until 1981 when it was transformed into the Military Branch of the State Museum.  The War Memorial was designed in the Greek Doric order by architect Edward Dougherty, affiliated with the New York firm of McKim, Mead and White.  The building has an atrium as its focal point with the names of the 3,400 Tennesseans who gave their lives in the Great War engraved into the west and north walls. A striking statue entitled "Victory" by Nashville sculptor Belle Kinney stands upon a granite pedestal, dominating the central atrium.

 
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Terradell Memorial - Trentonloupe
1001 W. State Street
Trenton
NJ
USA
08618
1925
Samuel Mountford

This fountain memorial, was originally topped by an Italian marble statue of a figure holding a torch.  It was erected on the grounds of Trenton Junior High School #3 (presently Trenton High School West) as a memorial to Russell Terradell of Trenton & other Trenton men who gave their lives during World War I.  The memorial was dedicated on July 4, 1925. 

It was a gift of Mrs. Elliott F. Shepard, sister of Mr. Terradell.  The basin & base of the monument were designed by Samuel Mountford.

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 
Tessie McNamara Marker | Kingsland Explosion - Lyndhurstloupe
Clay Avenue & Valley Brook
Lyndhurst
NJ
USA
07071

This monument was erected in honor of the young switchboard operator at the munitions plant of the Canadian Car & Foundry Company near Kingsland. Glancing out the window in her workplace, she noticed a wisp of smoke curling from the eaves of Building 30 where 200 gallons of gasoline were stored.

Back at her switchboard, she connected with shed after shed, giving the message that there was a fire in Shed 30 and that all men should leave the area as soon as possible.  As she made her final calls, shells started to explode, and one shell piece came through the roof, grazing her.  She fainted.  Several fireman dragged the unconscious young woman out of the range of the explosions and loaded her into an automobile to be driven to the hospital.  Ms. McNamara lived until 1971. 

Photo courtesy of:  Bill Coughlin & Historical Marker Database

 
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Texarkana WWI Memorialloupe
Texarkana
AR
USA
75501
1936

In memory of the men from Bowie County, Texas and Miller County, Arkansas, who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of their country in the World War 1917-1918. They and their comrades fought not for selfish gain nor for one foot of added territory, but for the highest ideal ever upheld by man -- the peace of the world. This monument is a symbol of the praise and gratitude which they so justly merit which will forever be accorded them by their countrymen. Erected by the Texarkana Memorial Unit, an organization of women banded together to honor their loyalty, their service and their sacrifice. November 1936.

 
Texas State Capitol World War I Monument loupe
1100 N. Congress Avenue
Austin
TX
USA
78701
 
The 1799 Lazaretto - Pennsylvanialoupe
99 Wanamaker Ave
Tinicum Township
PA
USA
19029

The 1799 Lazaretto is located on the site of the 1st permanent European settlement in Pennsylvania.  Its roles as a quarantine station sixth oldest in the world, 19th century river side resort, religious center, very early civilian 20th century seaplane aviation training center, Chandler Field was a WW 1 US Army Signal Corps base, and 20th century civilian seaplane base and marina arguably makes it one of the most unique Cultural Landscapes in the world.

 
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The American Doughboyloupe
1225 East U.S. Highway 90
Flatonia
TX
USA
78941

The sculptor was local artist Gene Mikulik Sr., Jerome Michal American Legion Post 94, Texas.

The soldier is patterned after Gene’s father-in-law Willie J. Migl, who was a World War I “Doughboy”.  

 
The American Doughboy - Bringing Home Victoryloupe
11111 Aurora Ave. N.
Seattle
WA
USA
98133

The American Doughboy - Bringing Home Victory.  Located in The Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Washelli, 11111 Aurora Ave. N. , Seattle, WA.  At one time referred to as the “Arlington of the West”. The Cemetery opened in 1885, holds a monument to Washington State soldiers killed in the War of 1812 and the graves of American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Marines killed in and Veterans of all Wars of the Republic from The Civil War to present day.  Artist: Allonzo Victor Lewis -  Originally Dedicated May 30, 1932

 
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The Aviatorloupe
60 Knox Lane
Wheeling
WV
USA
26003

The Aviator is a monument that was commissioned by Sallie Maxwell Bennett, the mother of a young man killed during World War I on August 24th, 1918. Her son, Lt. Louis Bennett Jr., was serving in the Royal Air Force's 40th Squadron in France in the fall of 1918 when he was killed. Just before his death, he had destroyed three enemy planes and nine spy balloons from August 15th to August 24th. Before his decision to join a few hundred American pilots in England's Royal Air Force, Bennett was the captain of the West Virginia Flying Corp in Wheeling. The statue is located in front of the Linsly School, which became the oldest preparatory school west of the Alleghenies when it held its first classes in 1814. 

The statue was created to honor the memory of Louis Bennett and other American pilots who fought in World War One.

 
The Battleship, U.S.S. Texas (BB-35)loupe
3523 Independence Parkway South
La Porte
TX
USA
77571

Short war Bio: WWI - In late 1918 she escorted the German fleet to its surrender anchorage.  She was refitted by the Navy in 1925 & 1939.  WWII - She supported the Normandy Landing, D-Day, June 6, 1944. After V.E. Day she transferred to the Pacific Theater and supported the landings at Iwo Jima and Okinawa.  Today, Battleship Texas is a floating museum and the last remaining U.S. battleship of her kind.

Texas now stands as a memorial to the bravery and sacrifice of the servicemen who fought in both World War 1 and World War 2. 

 
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The Bay Area Veterans Memorialloupe
1106 Second Street
Seabrook
TX
USA
77586

This is mostly a general Veterans Memorial. Long shot, slight damage to the inscription on the right stone pillar is from the recent major hurricane.

Honoring Arunyon family members including William E. Potts, Inf Army WWI.

 
The Boulder to WWI Heroesloupe
100 Main St
Lee
MA
USA
01238

On a stone boulder is a round bronze plaque which bears the im­ages of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a sword, and oak leaves, and the names of the men of Lee who died in WWI. It was dedicated in May of 1921 by the Ausotunnoog Chapter of the D.A.R.

 
The Boys of Johnson County Who Served in the World Warloupe
Willow Grove Cemetery
Buffalo
WY
USA
82834

These plaques were originally at the County Court House in downtown Buffalo and were relocated to the Cemetery when a new county war memorial was built.

 
The Danville/Pittsylvania County Veterans Memorialloupe
Dan Daniel Memorial Park
Danville
VA
USA
24540
 
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The Dixie Doughboyloupe
S. Sykes Creek Pkwy at Fortenberry Rd
Merritt Island
FL
USA
32952

The inscription on this memorial reads:

THERE WERE 33,331 SOLDIERS FROM FLORIDA WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR I. MANY SERVED IN THE 31ST INFANTRY DIVISION. A DIVISION COMPOSED OF SOLDIERS PRIMARILY FROM GEORGIA, ALABAMA AND FLORIDA. NICKNAMED THE “DIXIE DIVISION”.

THIS MONUMENT SERVES IN MEMORY OF ALL WHO SERVED IN THIS GREAT WAR 1917 – 1918.

THE STATUE WAS SCULPTED BY CHARLES E. SMITH.

 
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The Doughboy loupe
Pershing Square, 5th and 6th Streets
Los Angeles
CA
USA
90013
1924
Humberto Pedretti

"The Doughboy", a bronze World War I uniformed soldier holding a flag on a 12-foot tall granite pedestal, was sculpted by Humberto J. Pedretti and dedicated on July 4, 1924 to honor all WWI veterans.  At the top of the pedestal are two bands of stars, at the bottom a bronze eagle, on the back a bronze medal, and on the front a bronze olive branch and helmet. Originally the monument stood at the northwest corner of Pershing Square as a gateway piece for the park. After the Pershing Square garage was constructed in the 1950s, The Doughboy was transferred to the southeast corner. In 1963 the statue was moved to the park's center, where it remained until it was relocated to the Palm Court when Pershing Square was redesigned in 1994.

The inscription reads:

"Dedicated to the sons and daughters of Los Angeles who participated in World War, 1917-1918".  

 
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The Doughboy Amesburyloupe
220 Main St
Amesbury
MA
USA
01913

Leonard Craske sculpted this striding WWI soldier carrying his rifle in his right hand. He is dressed in his winter uniform, carrying a rucksack, extra shoes, a canteen, a shovel and gas mask. Beneath him is a granite slab, and behind him is a granite wall bearing bronze relief plaques showing scenes from the Civil, Revolutionary and Spanish-American Wars. It was dedicated on November 11, 1929, and rededicated in May of 1950 to include the veterans from later wars.

 
The East Brunswick Veterans Monumentloupe
Veterans Park
East Brunswick
NJ
USA
08816

This park honoring the veterans of WWI, WWII, and the Ko­rean and Vietnam Wars was dedicated on May 26, 1996. It was de­signed by township landscape architect Steve Gottlieb and took three years to complete. It includes a waving, six-sided black granite Amer­ican flag in a paved courtyard, surrounded by one black granite mon­ument for each of the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines. Two flagpoles fly the flags of the U.S. and the POW/MIAs. Black granite pavers line the walkway and bear the names of veterans and benefactors.

 

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