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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 - Englewoodloupe
East Palisades Avenue
USA 07631
Harry Lewis Raul

This monument was designed by sculptor Harry Lewis Raul to commemorate the citizens of Englewood, NJ who served in World War I. The bronze sculpture depicts a soldier in uniform at parade rest, mounted on a granite base. He holds his rifle in his right hand, butt on the ground, by his right foot. He holds his helmet in his left hand at his side. An American flag flies on a pole behind him.

The figure stands atop an inscribed pedestal, a projecting lower portion of an obelisk that rises to the rear of the statue. Atop the obelisk is a common World War I symbol of an eagle perched on a sphere.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) Inventory #NJ000077.

Photo courtesy of:  Greg Guderian

World War Memorial - Gloucester Twp.loupe
American Legion Post #281, 2101 Chews Landing Road
USA 08012

This World War I monument is constructed of concrete and placed in a square garden bordered by colored concrete edge blocks. The lower portion of the monument, sheathed in stucco, consists of three stages, each square in cross-section descending in size as they rise.  The lower section, the base, is undecorated on each of its four faces.  The second and third stages contain bronze plaques honoring those from the township who fought in World War I.  The top stage is crowned by a stuccoed obelisk.  A small metal eagle sculpture rises from the top of the obelisk.

Photo courtesy of: NJ State Historic Preservation Office

World War Memorial - Haddon Heightsloupe
Kings Highway & West Atlantic Avenue
Haddon Heights

The Haddon Heights memorial consists of a vertical concrete slab finished to resemble rusticated stone to which is attached a bronze plaque listing those from the borough who served in World War I. 

The memorial is located in the western portion of the VFW post lot, at 615 E. Atlantic Avenue.

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

World War Memorial - Magnolialoupe
Johnson American Legion Post 370, 430 N. Warwick Road
USA 08049

This memorial consists of a rectangular quarry-faced, dark granite slab with an attached plaque listing names of Magnolia residents who served in World War I. 

The memorial is located in a brick plaza that also commemorates other wars. 

Photo courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

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World War Memorial - Mays Landingloupe
Veterans Park, 100 Route 50
Mays Landing
USA 08330

This monument is a shallow gable, granite slab set on a granite base.  A rectangular bronze plaque is attached to the front.  Its frame is topped by a broken pediment containing a bas-relief eagle.  The plaque contains an honor roll of Mays Landing residents who served in WWI. 

The monument is one of several in a brick plaza situated around an octagonal fountain with a sculpture of a woman rising from the raised central bowl. 

Photo courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

World War Memorial - Neptuneloupe
Route 71 (Main Street)
USA 07756
LL Manning & Son

This monument, dedicated to the people of Neptune who served in World War I, consists of a stone figure, column & base. A doughboy stands in uniform atop the column. The three-sided base is marked by inscribed bronze plaques. Three pedestals project from the corners each topped by a cannon.

The monument was purchased from LL Manning & Son, a Plainfield, NJ monument firm.  It was dedicated on Memorial Day 1920 by Rev. Edward Mount of West Grove ME Church. 

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000137.

Photo courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

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World War Memorial - Norwoodloupe
602 Broadway
USA 07648

The Norwood World War Memorial was once a tall pedestal monument topped by a granite eagle, with a bronze honor roll plaque honoring residents who fought in WWI.  It sat in a small traffic circle in front of the Eastside Train Station.  When the station closed in the 1950s or 60s, the eagle was moved to its present location, which at that time, was the Norwood municipal building.  (It is now the Fire Department.)  The pedestal & honor roll plaque have been lost. 

(See vintage postcard image in Pictures Gallery for original monument image.)

Today, the eagle sits on a small granite pedestal, low to the ground, on the lawn of the Norwood Fire Department.  Its wings are outstretched, one talon resting on top of an American flag shield.  A small, recent plaque mounted on the pedestal front is in memory of two soldiers, presumably from Norwood, one from WWI & one from WWII. 

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

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World War Memorial - Rockawayloupe
Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 35 Church Street
USA 07866

This monument, located in a church cemetery, consists of an upright boulder slab set on a two-part concrete base.  An brass honor roll plaque is attached to the front.  The plaque contains an elaborate eagle in relief and the list of names of Rockaway residents who served in WWI. 

Photo courtesy of:  Bill Coughlin & Historical Marker Database

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World War Memorial - Vinelandloupe
600 East Park Avenue
USA 08360

Vineland's World War I memorial, located in Landis Park, consists of an upright slab of quarry-faced granite to which is mounted a bronze plaque containing the names of all those from Vineland who served in the war. 

Landis Park, named for Charles Landis, the founder of Vineland, was developed as the city's memorial park with a series of monuments honoring those who served in each of the country's major foreign conflicts. The WWI monument is the first one encounters when entering the main drive off Park Avenue. 

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

World War Memorial - West New Yorkloupe
Veterans Park, 5504 JFK Boulevard East
West New York
USA 07093
Works Progress Adminstration (WPA)

This unusual pyramid-shaped World War I memorial sits along the Hudson River, with the Manhattan skyline as its backdrop.  It is a concrete structure, painted white, sitting on a two-stepped base. 

On the front center face are three square, bronze bas-relief panels, placed in a vertical line.  The top panel features the bust of a WWI soldier; the middle the bust of a WWI sailor; the bottom panel the bust of a WWI female nurse. 

A plaque on the side of the memorial says it was built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1935-36.  On the front, horizontally beneath the above panels, are plaques listing the names of the workers. 

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000587.

Photo courtesy of:  World War I Centennial Commission website 

"In memory of our American soldiers" 
World War Memorial Auditoriumloupe
107 2nd Avenue NE.
USA 58622
September 30th, 1937

Also known as Memorial Hall, the World War Memorial Auditorium was built through the Works Progress Administration program and dedicated on September 30, 1937. The Art Deco building has been used for community functions such as graduations, dances, and sporting events as well as for city offices, police department offices, and by the American Legion.

World War Memorial Buildingloupe
215 6th St.
USA 58501
Andrew Weinberger

World War Memorial Building

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

100c 100m wwi centennial plaque The World War Memorial Building was built in 1930 to provide space for community functions, a national guard armory, gymnasium, and convention hall. It was also used by the ND State Legislature in 1931 after the original Capitol building had burned and hosted numerous inaugural balls for the ND Governors. The steel-framed building was built in the Art Deco style by Andrew Weinberger and still serves as a community gymnasium.

World War Memorial Buildingloupe
510 4th Ave NE
Devils Lake
USA 58301
John Marshall

Ramsey County approved $100,000 in funds for this building in 1934 and ultimately some Public Works Adminsitration funds were also used. John Marshall of Devils Lake (originally from Scotland) designed the building to serve as a community recreation center and armory. The design pulled from the popular Art Deco and Art Moderne styles of the time and includes three relief panels depicting agricultural products over the entrance

World War Memorial Buildingloupe
300 1st St NW
USA 58554

This memorial building was started in 1932 and dedicated in 1934 despite only being partially built. It was completed in 1937 with the help of Works Progress Administration funds and originally had the largest indoor swimming pool in the state in the basement. The pool was removed in the 1960s. It also had an auditorium that could seat 3000 people but now houses city government. This building is currently threatened with demolition to make way for new offices.

World War Memorial Buildingloupe
1314-1340 Pendleton St
USA 29201

The World War Memorial Building, built in 1935 in Columbia, is significant as an excellent example of early twentieth-century Classical Revival architecture. The building also has the distinction of being designed by the prominent local architectural firm, Lafaye and Lafaye. This Classical Revival memorial was built to honor the men and women who served in World War I and still maintains the architectural integrity of its original construction. The memorial was first proposed by Governor Richard Manning and approved by the General Assembly in 1919. In that same year the Assembly appropriated $100,000 towards its construction, which was later withdrawn due to the Depression economy. From 1919 to 1935 the War Memorial Commission raised building funds primarily through private subscriptions. In 1934, the state received $33,200 in a grant from the Pubic Works Administration, and in 1935, construction began without the funds originally appropriated by the state. The Memorial Building portrays a sense of strength and fortitude with its solid limestone construction and massive temple form columned facade. The carved detail of medallions, laurel, and memorial inscriptions remain in complete integrity. Listed in the National Register May 26, 1995

From its construction until 1960 the building was the home of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Then it was used by the University by the Department of International studies. From 1972-2002 the building became the home of the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Museum. It is now used by University Publications.

Above the front door it is inscribed:

Dedicated To The Men And Women Of
South Carolina Who Offered Their
Lives In the Winning Of The War

World War Memorial Building - Beverlyloupe
Beverly Free Library, 441 Cooper Street
USA 08010

Beverly's memorial library is dedicated to its local citizens who served in World War I.  A plaque reads, "World War Memorial Building / Erected by the citizens of Beverly and Edgewater Park as a tribute to those patriots of this vicinity who served their country in the World War / 1917-1918." 

Photo courtesy of: Deb Hartshorn & Historical Marker Database

World War Memorial in Woodlawn Park North Cemeteryloupe
3260 SW 8th St
USA 33135

Between 1923 and 1930 Harvey W. Seeds American Legion Post 29 erected a World War memorial at Woodlawn Park Cemetery. It depicts a sailor, soldier, marine and an Army nurse. The sculptor was Robert Paul Goldie. He used local military personnel as models. Unfortunately the monument has been a frequent target by vandals. In 2010 Felix Sosa-Camejo American Legion Post 346 completed a major restoration, stripping off decades of paint and replacing missing limbs. These pictures were taken on September 1, 2013, still looking great.

World War Memorial Ludington City Parkloupe
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"
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World War Memorial Ludington,MIloupe
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
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World War Memorial Plaquesloupe
Putnam Memorial Bridge
USA 06109

There are several plaques on the Putnam Memorial Bridge, spanning the Quinnebaug River, honoring the Connecticut citizens who served in World War I. On each of the north and south bridge parapets were a set of three plaques, a large central one with an eagle over a scene of infantrymen moving toward a center state seal, and two smaller flanking ones depicting air and sea battles.  The two smaller plaques are missing from the north end of the bridge.

World War Memorial Plotloupe
USA 47331
November 1927
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World War Memorial Stadiumloupe
USA 27405

Opened in 1926, World War Memorial Stadium has been the home of minor league and college baseball in Greensboro up until the 2000s. NC A&T University's baseball team still uses it. The stadium was dedicated on Armistice Day, November 11, 1926.

The stadium made a cameo appearance in the 1988 film "Bull Durham." 

World War Memorial, loupe
Stanbery Park, Mount Washington, Oxford Ave
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 World War I.

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World War Monumentloupe
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


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