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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.

 

World War Memorial Ludington City Parkloupe
Ludington
MI
USA
49431
May 30, 1926
Monument at flag pole: "1917, 1918, Erected by the grateful people of Mason County 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. John Benjamin Adam, Frank R. Allen, John Albert Anderson, Frederic Chris Bertelsen, John R. Borski, Russell Clayton Boxell, Louis Brozzo, Eric Carlson, Gordon Chadwick, Carl Christensen, Alvin R. Drabenstott, Dezerie A. Duplessis, Edwin Harold Ewing, Anton Brye, Edwin Glynn, August Gorski, Joseph Hall, John Hanson, Floyd James Herrington, R.D. Keith, Cosmer Leveaux, Walter Loxen, Frank Lukaszewicz, Joseph P. Maluski, Isadore Meyette, Marion Michael, Otto Miney, Francis Joseph Odean, Hans Christian Peterson, Michael Przybysz, Walter Rives, Albert Sheppard, Samuel Shinnock, Samuel Henry Shunk, Wilbur Nelson Sims, Louis Stump, Harold L. Sweet, William R. Vogel, Emil B. Von Sprecken, Lester Vorac, Charles Winner, August T. Ziolkowski, Joseph Zopel , Unveiled May 30, 1926"
 
World War Memorial Ludington,MIloupe
Ludington
MI
USA
49431
These elms were planted by
the Auxiliary of
Edwin H. Ewing Post No. 76
American Legion
in honor of the men
of Mason County who served
in the World War of 1914-1918
 
World War Memorial Plotloupe
Connersville
IN
USA
47331
November 1927
 
World War Memorial, loupe
Stanbery Park, Mount Washington, Oxford Aves.
Cincinnati
OH
USA
45230

A bronze figure of a nude boy sits on a stump, holding in his lap an open book. Water flows from a spout at the top of the stump into a basin near the bottom. It was sculpted by Arthur Ivone and was dedicated in 1938 to honor those who served in WWI.

 
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World War Monumentloupe
560
Winthrop
WA
USA
98862

This monument was provided by the All American Legion Post 120; an unveiling was held on May 30, 1936. Names on the Monument are: Joseph Biart, Carl Boesel, George Fender, Thomas Pruitt (s/b Prewitt) and Rueben Hotchkiss

 
World War Monument - Butlerloupe
Butler Park, Park Place
Butler
NJ
USA
07405
1924

This World War I monument consists of a quarry-faced stone slab with a bronze plaque mounted on the front.  The plaque is topped by the image of an eagle with its wing spread extending beyond the raised frame.  The honor roll lists the names of all Butler residents who served in the war. 

Photo courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office 

 
World War Monument - Oak Ridgeloupe
321 Oak Ridge Road (Rt. 699)
West Milford
NJ
USA
07438

The Oak Ridge monument is located in a community cemetery.  It consists of a massive structure of quarry-faced stone blocks topped by a pyramidal concrete cap, all resting on a square stone slab. 

A bronze plaque is set beneath a stone lintel on the front face, listing an honor roll of Oak Ridge area residents who served in WWI. 

Photo courtesy of: Bill Coughlin & Historical Marker Database

 
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World War Monument - Union Cityloupe
JUAN PABLO DUARTE PARK, New York Avenue & 33rd Street
Union City
NJ
USA
07087

A concrete monument with a full-length bas-relief female figure clad in flowing robes and wearing a laurel wreath. Her arms are outstretched, and she holds a ribbon in her hands. The monument is topped with a round ball below which are four bronze bas-relief panels depicting scenes of war. The monument stands on a multi-tiered base.  

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000575.

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office
Vintage postcard - Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

 
World War Monument - Union City (West Hoboken)loupe
Ellsworth Park, 23rd & Palisade Avenue
Union City
NJ
USA
07087
Testi

This World War I monument is a two-columned structure. 

On the right is a bronze doughboy statue atop a rectangular granite pedestal engraved with a dedication to the men who served the US in the war.  It was erected by the town of West Hoboken, NJ (now part of Union City, NJ). 

The uniformed soldier is ready to throw a grenade with his right hand; in his left he holds a rifle, the butt of the gun resting on the ground. 

On the left is a taller rectangular granite pedestal topped by a granite orb.  It contains a bronze honor roll plaque with a bas-relief across the arched top.  The image is of a striding Liberty flanked by a soldier on her right & a sailor on her left.  in the bottom two corners are images of a tank & an airplane.  The plaque lists those men of West Hoboken who gave their lives in the war. 

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000574.

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 
World War One Plaque Place by War Mothersloupe
Delphi
IN
USA
46923
1924

This tablet erected in 1924 by the Carroll County War Mothers to hold in remembrance the sons and daughters of the county who so gallantly responded to the call of our country for service in the World War 1917-1918.

Placement of this plaque and the location of it was sanctioned by Elmer Dunlap, architect of the Carroll County Courthouse in February of 1924 during a visit to Delphi, Indiana.

"The tablet will be placed on the west wall of the south entrance vestibule." - Carroll County Citizen Times, Saturday, February 9, 1924.

 
World War Veterans Memorialloupe
Ray County Courthouse, 103 N. Thornton St.
Richmond
MO
USA
64085

This is a white granite full-sized figure of a WWI soldier stand­ing at attention, dedicated on May 30, 1930, as a tribute to the WWI veterans. It was rededicated in 1950 to include the veterans of WWII.

 
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Wrenn Memorialloupe
N. Main Street and E. High Avenue
High Point
NC
USA
27260

This is a life-size marble WWI soldier, holding an Enfield rifle in his right hand and a grenade in his left. He wears a hip-length jacket, spiral leggings, an ammunition belt, and a helmet. Beneath is a rectangular concrete with a tapered bottom. lt was dedicated on November 11,1923, as a tribute to the men of High Point who served in WWI.

Monument Dedication and Unveiling

Several thousand people were in attendance for the statue unveiling. The principle speaker for the day was the Commander of Ft. Bragg, General A.J. Bowley. The day’s events included a parade, a 21 gun salute and music provided by a combined choir from various churches. The monument was unveiled by Miss Frances Walsh as the Elk Band played the national anthem. High Point businessman Robert Brockett presented the statue which was accepted by Mayor John W. Hedrick. During his speech Bowley said that he was afraid that the fighting had stopped several months too soon, saying that he believed “the present conditions in Europe show that we should have continued the push for about three months longer, and it is possible that the work left incomplete must yet be done.” 

About 100 people gathered for the 2004 re-dedication. One of those in attendance was city resident Mary Lou Brinson, whose father A. Coke Cecil is one of heroes listed on the plaques at the statue’s base. “It’s a lifelong dream (to see it prominently displayed),” Brinson said. “Nobody saw it on the back (streets).”

 
Wrens — Jefferson Co. — Veterans Memorialloupe
Towns Square
Wrens
GA
USA
30833
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch
 
Wrentham World War I Memorialloupe
South, Franklin, and Bank Sts.
Wrentham
MA
USA
02093

This bronze flagpole base is decorated with sphinxes on each cor­ner and wreaths beneath inscriptions on each side. On the top is a tulip-shaped holder for the flagpole. It was created by Joseph G. Cowell and Gorham Manufacturing Company and dedicated in 1935 to honor the Wrentham citizens who served in WWI.

 
WW I Memorial - Veterans Memorial Plaza loupe
Saginaw
MI
USA
48601

WW I Memorial - Veterans Memorial Plaza

 This monument is in the Veterans Memorial Park in Saginaw, Michigan.

The plaque reads:
"This monument erected and the road of memory established as loving memorials to the brave men from Saginaw County who gave their last full measure of devotion in the World War that government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish from the earth

By Saginaw chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Patriotic Citizens and Societys of Saginaw County

AD 1926

The side plaques list the names of all who died.

 

 
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WW1 Cannonloupe
1915 Main Street
Lafayette
IN
USA
47904

This artillery piece, located on a memorial island within Columbia Park, was a gift from the people of France.

 
WW1 Cenotaph Honoring U.S. Army PFC. Elmer W. Kinseyloupe
17666 Valentine Road
Mount Vernon
WA
USA
98273

World War 1 Memorial Cenotaph Honoring: 

U.S. Army PFC. Elmer W. Kinsey,

Company L, 59th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division

Pfc. Kinsey was declared Missing In Action on August 10, 1918

His Name appears on the Tablets of the Missing in the American Battle Monuments Commission’s,

Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Seringes-et-Nesies, France

 

Location:

Pleasant Ridge Cemetery

 
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WW1 Lindenhurst Honor Rollloupe
Lindenhurst
NY
USA
11757
Dedicated by the citizens of Lindenhurst ( village in Town of Babylon, County of Suffolk, New York ) ( Long Island) It provides a list with names of Veterans
 
WW1 Memorial Dearborn, Michiganloupe
Dearborn
MI
USA
48126

WW1 Memorial Dearborn, Michigan

The monument is located in Veterans Park at the city of Dearborn's municipal complex. The monument was erected in 1991 as a lasting tribute to the city's war dead.

In addition to this World War I monument, the park include walls dedicated to World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

 
WW1 Memorial monument in the Heritage Society Plazaloupe
1100 Bagby Street
Houston
TX
USA
77002

This is the World War 1 Memorial Monument located in the Heritage Society Plaza, 1100 Bagby Street, adjacent to Sam Houston Park in the City of Houston, Texas.

 
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WW1 Memorial Plaque loupe
602 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica
CA
USA
90405

World War 1 Memorial Plaque 

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

100c 100m wwi centennial plaque The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 283 in Pacific Palisades, CA worked to restore The World War I Memorial Plaque originally placed at the Santa Monica Memorial Open Air Theater in 1921. Along with the WWII memorial plaque that was added in 1946, the WWI plaque was cleaned and its surface restored. Both plaques had their mountings replaced with corrosion-controlling bolts and their mounting wall surfaces stabilized. A rededication ceremony was held on July 3, 2017 when the restored plaques were gifted back to the Santa Monica Unified School District. The ceremony was attended by local veteran groups, high school students, and descendants of several of those memorialized.

 
WWI & WWII Memorial - Liberty Cornerloupe
Church Street & Valley Road
Bernards Township - Liberty Corner
NJ
USA
07920

This monument consists of an oblong boulder with a bronze plaque dedicated to Bernards Township residents who served in WWI & WWII.  The plaque contains a relief of an eagle with wings spread along with several military branch logos.  

Photos courtesy of: Alan Edelson & Historical Marker Database

 
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WWI & WWII Veterans Bronze Plaqueloupe
351 22nd ave
San Francisco
CA
USA
94121
3' x 4' Bronze Plaque dedicated to the WWI & WWII veterans of Chinese Ancestry whom made the supreme sacrifice. Located in St. Mary's Park (Square) in San Francisco Chinatown. The Plaque was a joint venture of the American Legion, Cathay Post #384 and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Chinatown Post #4618 back in the early 50s. Money was raised thru a community fundraiser then.
Memorial Day annual services are still ongoing except when the park was under renovation for two years back in 2003-4.

Location:
351 22ND AVE
San Francisco, CA, 94121
 
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WWI and WWII Memorialloupe
44 Main St.
Charlton
MA
USA
01507

A cast bronze plaque has an eagle with outstretched wings at the top and beneath bears the names of WWI and WWII veterans, with asterisks by the names of those who died. It is mounted on the front of a high cemented fieldstone base resembling an armchair, with an inlaid cement seal. It was dedicated on August 13,1944, to honor the veterans of WWI and those then fighting at the time it was erected.

 
WWI Cannon - East Rutherfordloupe
Memorial Park, Paterson Avenue & Randolph Avenue
East Rutherford
NJ
USA
07073

This memorial is a WWI long gun placed in a carriage constructed of stacked concrete blocks with courses tapering to the top.  The carriage is placed on a granite slab, and a bronze plaque on the front of the carriage provides information about the monument.

Photo courtesy of:  Frances Knowlden

 

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