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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.

 

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WWI Soldiers Monument - Madisonzoom
James Park, 36 Park Avenue
Madison
NJ
USA
07940
1926
Hoggson Brothers

This monument is dedicated to the servicemen of Madison, NJ who fought and died in World War I.  A large bronze eagle with wings stretched upward rests atop an octagonal granite pedestal. 

Four bronze plaques are placed on the sides of the granite base - the front lists those who died in the war; the other three honor rolls list the names of 324 residents who served. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office 

 
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WWI Veterans Memorialzoom
Battle Ground
IN
USA
47920
Unknown
 
WWI Veterans Monument - Milfordzoom
WE Thomas Park
Milford
NJ
USA
08848

This monument consists of a rusticated pink granite slab, with a bronze honor roll plaque mounted in its center.  This plaque features a raised frame and an eagle with spread wings decorating the upper section, with its wings and a portion of its head projecting above the top of the frame. The lower portion is reserved for the honor roll listing the Milford residents who served in World War I. 

Photo courtesy of: Alan Edelson & Historical Marker Database

 
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WWI War Memorial - Collingswoodzoom
Knight Park, Collins & Park Avenues
Collingswood
NJ
USA
08108
1921

This monument is constructed of rusticated pink granite.  Its base consists of two slabs with the upper face of the smaller second slab angled inward to meet the bottom edges of the battered granite pier that comprises the bulk of the monument.  The pier is surmounted by a ball resting on a base slab.  A bronze eagle. with head to the side and wings open. sits atop the ball.  A bronze plaque topped by a fleur-de-lis motif & garlands is placed in the center of the front face of the pier. This plaque commemorates Collingswood residents who served in World War I. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 
Wyoming State Capitol Roll of Honorzoom
200 West 24th Street
Cheyenne
WY
USA
82001

This wooden engraved plaque lists the names of local servicemembers who lost their lives in WW1. It is located in the main entrance hallway of the capitol building.

 

Photo and description courtesy of waymarking.com

 
Wyoming State Veterans' Home All Wars Memorialzoom
700 Veterans Ln
Buffalo
WY
USA
82834

Photos courtesy of Some Gave All War Memorials Blog.

 
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Yale Alumni War Memorialzoom
Milford
CT
USA
06460

The memorial consists of three parts: the colonnade, entablature and cenotaph.

The entablature contains the names of the major battles in which American troops fought in western Europe.

The cenotaph--the only one in New Haven--features the inscription, "In Memory of the Men of Yale who true to her traditions gave their lives that freedom might not perish from the Earth, Anno Domini 1918."

The memorial was designed by Thomas Hastings and Everett Meeks, and was paid for by Yale Alumni--no university funds were used.

Dedicated on June 19, 1927.

 
Yarmouth Port World War I Memorialzoom
Town Green, SR 6A and Strawberry Lane
Yarmouth
MA
USA
02675

A granite boulder serves as a base for a rectangular bronze relief plaque sculpted by John P. Pramino. It depicts a standing Grecian woman with extended arms, wearing a long gown and sandals and holding a laurel in each hand. Each arm rests on a slightly raised col­umn bearing a list of names of the men of Yarmouth who served in WWI. It was created by the Yarmouth Grange and dedicated on Sep­tember 4, 1926. Only the boulder survives.

 
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Young Memorialzoom
1600 Harkrider
Conway
AR
USA
72032

No additional information at this time.

 
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Ypsilanti WW1 Memorialzoom
100 Cross st
Ypsilanti
MI
USA
48198

Ypsilanti WW1 Memorial

West Plaque:
In honor of our brave men who served in the World War and our devoted men and women who in hospital and in hut heartened and sustained our fighting forces and in memeory of those who served in the cause of humanity sealed their devotion with their lives

A roster of the names of these men and these women is preserved in the archives of the city hall

Erected by the Ypsilanti Patriotic Service League 1919

East Plaque:

In honor of our brave men of the 107th field signal batallion U.S.A. which brigaded with the 32nd division rendered distinguished service Chateau Theirry Soissons Fismes Juvigny and in the Argonne


and in memeory of those who served in the cause of humanity gave the full measure of devotion 

A roster of the names of these men and is preserved in the archives of the city hall

Erected by the Ypsilanti Patriotic Service League 1919

 
Zanesville, zoom
Muskingum County Courthouse
Zanesville
OH
USA
43701

This life-size metal statue depicts a WWI infantryman carrying a rifle and grenade through the barbed wire and stumps of No Man's Land. It was funded by contributions of people from Muskingum County and was installed in November of 1929.

 
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Zion Park War Memorialzoom
Zion Triangle
NY
USA
11212
November 1, 1925
Charles Cary Rumsey

Plaque: To commemorate those who at the call of their country, left all that was dear, endured hardship, faced danger, and finally passed out of sight of men by the path of duty and sacrifice giving up their lives that others might live in freedom. Let those who come after see to it that their names not be forgotten. By the Citizens Memorial Committee and Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Committees of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Jewish Veterans of the Wars of the Republic comprising local boards 82 to 88.

Left: Harry Abramson --- Isidore Ashe --- Morris Bass --- Jacob Bergrin --- Isaac Berlin --- Bonche Boisa --- Jacob Borker --- Harry Britman --- Zelig Brooks --- Benjamin Chester --- Herman Cohen --- Charles C. Cohen --- Max Cohen --- Ralph Cohen --- Simon Cohen --- Harry Dattlebaum --- Otto Dietter --- David L. Doctor --- Isidore Dropkins --- Harry Feldberg --- Samuel Finkelstein --- James Fitzpatrick --- Christopher Ford --- Harry Forman --- Abraham Friedman --- Isreal Joseph Friedman --- Robert P. Friedman --- William Friedman --- Philip Goldstein --- Jacob Goodman --- James B. Graham --- Moses Gustamolsky --- Conrad Heitman --- Samuel C. Kaplan --- Harry Keller --- Louis Krinsky --- Morris Krupnick --- Isidore Kunofsky --- Joseph Krichevesky --- Frank Levine --- Jacob Levine --- George Levy --- John Levy --- Leo Levy --- Raymond A. McIver --- Isidore L. Mackler

Right: Edward Mintz --- Charles P. Morganthaler --- David Moskowitz --- Michael Moskowitz --- Samuel Packer --- David Paskoff --- Harry Ragovin --- Philip Rapaport --- Benjamin J. Reisen --- Daniel Rigrod --- Joseph M. / Robinson --- David Rochlin --- Sidney Rosenberg --- Joseph Rosenthal --- William Rykus --- Benjamin Saltman --- Fred S. Schmeeling --- Jack Schreck --- Samuel J. Shafran --- Abraham Shapiro --- Harry Siegel --- Henry Siegel --- Jack Siegel --- Charles Smith --- Nathan Solomon --- Samuel Solovei --- Nicholas Spinazola --- Charles J. Sullivan --- Frank X. Sullivan --- Joseph Swirsky --- Louis M. Swick --- Gustave W. Thomsen --- George M. Waithauer --- James D. Wanser --- Aaron Werther --- George Weyuker --- Louis Witover --- Morris Zimmerman --- Samuel Zuckerman

 
“All gave some Some gave all” War Memorialzoom
201 Riverside Drive
Cashmere
WA
USA
98815

Cashmere, Washington
“All gave some, Some gave all”
War Memorial

Dedicated to honoring local residents who made the  “Supreme Sacrifice” in all wars of the United States. Located at the 9/11 Spirit of America Memorial

 
“The World War” Community Monument, New Douglas, ILzoom
205 N. 7th St.
New Douglas
IL
USA
62074

Erected by: The Tobias Bilyeu American Legion Post 710

Inscription:  

DEDICATED TO THE BOYS FROM THIS COMMUNITY
       WHO ANSWERED THEIR COUNTRY’S CALL
             IN THE WORLD WAR     1917 ♢ 1918

 There are two similar pictures of the monument here and when comparing both it appears that the older picture shows the monument at a different location in town. The school building behind it in the new photograph was built in 1905 and does not appear in the older photo. The dedication plaque which is placed on the ground in front of the monument in the old photo was not there when the new, color, photo was taken in August of 2018.

 

 

Inscription:
DEDICATED TO THE BOYS FROM THIS COMMUNITY
WHO ANSWERED THEIR COUNTRY’S CALL
IN THE WORLD WAR 1917 ♢ 1918

There are two similar pictures of the monument here and when comparing both
it appears that the older picture shows the monument at a different location in
town. The school building behind it in the new photograph was built in 1905
and does not appear in the older photo. The dedication plaque which is placed
on the ground in front of the monument in the old photo was not there when the
new, color, photo was taken in August of 2018.

 
“World War” Memorial Community Drinking Fountainzoom
Mendota Museum
Mendota
IL
United States
61342
1921

This is the older of the two War Memorials on the Green in front of the Mendota Museum & Historical Society building. Erected by American Legion Mendota Post № 540 in 1921 to honor the memory of seven local soldiers “…WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN THE WORLD WAR 1917 ★★ 1918”. There are two plaques that are in remarkable condition at age 98, only missing 7 of the 14 decorative caps covering the bolts holding the plaques to the wall. Also the covered dark red brick community drinking fountain has been well taken care of by the community. The Memorial Monument sites directly behind the newer War Memorial Wall and 155mm Howitzer circa 1917 WW1 field artillery piece.

 

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