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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.

 

Cerro Gordo CO WWl Memorialzoom
301 N Washington Ave
Mason City
IA
USA
50401

This memorial is dedicated to those from Cerro Gordo Co IA who fought in World War One and gave their lives. This memorial is at the NE corner of the Cerro Gordo CO Courthouse in Mason City IA

 
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Charles Young Monumentzoom
4411 Prospect St.
Cleveland
OH
USA
44103

"An American Legend"
"Charles Young was the third black graduate of the United States Military Academy, class of 1889. Young enjoyed a diverse military career as a lieutenant of a cavalry troop squadron, and regimental commander, acting superintendent of a national park, military attaché to Haiti and Liberia, professor at Wilberforce University and military advisor to the President of Liberia.
Colonel Young was a dedicated soldier and statesman. Young is an American legend, a model for youth and adults of all races to emulate. As a 'Buffalo Soldier' he was present on the early westward frontier. At Fort Huachuca, Major Young commanded the 2nd squadron cavalry regiment in the Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa in Mexico, served in the Spanish American War, and the Philippine Insurrection. On June 22, 1917 Charles Young became the first African American to reach the rank of Colonel.
Young died and was buried in Lagos, Nigeria in 1922 while serving as Colonel in World War One. A year later his remains were returned to the United States and buried with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery. On June 1, 1923 many Americans bade farewell to a distinguished soldier and statesman. " (Robert Ewell Green in Black Courage)

"The life of Charles Young was a triumph of tragedy. No one ever knew the truth about the Hell he went through at West Point. He seldom even mentioned it. The pain was too great. Few knew what faced him always in his army life. It was not enough for him to do well - he must always do better: and so much and so conspicuously better as to disarm the scoundrels that ever trailed him. He lived in the army surrounded by insult and intrigue and yet set his teeth and kept his soul serene and triumphed.
He was one of the few men I know who literally turned the other cheek with Jesus Christ. When officers of inferior rank refused to salute a black man, he saluted them. Seldom did he lose his temper, seldom complain.
Steadily, unswervingly he did his duty. And Duty to him as to few modern men, was spelled in capitals.
Now he is dead. But the heart of the Great Black Race, the Ancient of Days - the Undying and Eternal - rises and salutes his shining memory: Well done! Charles Young, Soldiers and Man and unswerving Friend." (W.E.B. DuBois in The Crisis, February 1992)

"AS soon as the school year was over, I rode on horseback from Wilberforce to Washingotn, walking on foot fifteen minutes in each hour, the distance of 497 miles to show, if possible, my physical fitness for command of troops. I there offered my services gladly at he risk of life, which has no value to me if I cannot give it for the great ends for which the United States is striving." (Colonel Charles Young, age 53, Historic Horseback Ride 1918)

 
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Charlotte High School Memorialszoom
50 Beach Avenue
Rochester
NY
USA
14612

Memorial trees with six existent commemorative plaques for graduates of Charlotte High School, currently located in Rochester, New York, who died in service in the war. Memorials created by CHS Class of 1921. They are located along former lane on east side of carousel.

 
Chatham Artillery - Chatham Co - Savannahzoom
442 East Bay Street
Savannah
GA
USA
31401
This memorial was dedicated in May of 1986 to honor the members of the Chatham Artillery, a Savannah military unit formed in 1786. 

Inscription: “Dedicated May 4, 1986 - To Honor the Members of the Chatham Artillery - Servants of God, Country, State, and Community - Soldiers in War - Patriots in Peace”

Chatham History 1886-1986 (Inscription)

“June 1917 Federalized for WW1.  Training at Fort McPherson and Camp Wheeler.  As part of the (?)st Division In July 1918 Were Sent to Camp Jackson S.C. And Then To France For Combat Duty With the Allied Forces."
 
Chatham Co - Savannah - Marine Memorialzoom
Forsyth Park
Savannah
GA
USA
31401
This memorial honors local marines who served from WWII to Beirut.

Initially dedicated November 11, 1947, by the Savannah Detachment - Marine Corps League. 
 
Chattooga Co. - Summerville - Doughboy Memorialzoom
818 Memorial Dr. On the grounds of the Chattooga County Memorial Home - American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars
Summerville
GA
USA
30747
1934
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

Chattooga County Memorial and Doughboy Statue.   Inscription:  In Memorium - World War Veterans of Chattooga County, Georgia 1917 - 1918.  Erected 1934 by Citizens and Friends of Chattooga County.  Fostered by The Trion Company, B.D. Riegel, Pres. & Treas., N.B. Murphy, Vice Pres., A.D. Elliott.

Spirit of The American Doughboy (statue), Copyrighted by E.M. Viquesney, Sculptor, Spencer, Indiana. 

Bronze plaques on three sides of the memorial column are inscribed with the names of soldiers from this county that fought in WW1. Photos of these names are attached in the  photo gallery. Those that lost their lives are marked with stars next to their names.

Accompanying the memorial is an artillery piece.    It has been identified as a German 7.6 Minenwerfer (Trench Mortar) on a carriage probably made post war so it could be displayed as a memorial. In the trenches, it would usually be on a square brace pad. These types of mortars were not used after the war and so were scrapped or taken as a war trophy by the allies.

 
Chattooga Co. -- Spirit of American Doughboyzoom
VFW memorial home
Trion
GA
USA
30753
The Chattooga County copy of the famous statue originally stood in Circle Park in Trion, but was moved to the VFW memorial home and rededicated in 1988.
 
Cherokee Co. - Canton - Brown Park WW1 Memorialzoom
251 East Marietta St.
Canton
GA
USA
30114
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch
“In Honor of Our Boys Who Fought in the World War”

“Their Names May Be Forgotten But Their Deeds Are Recorded in the Annals of Their Grateful Country”.
 
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Chester World War Memorial Stonezoom
81 Main Street
Chester
NY
USA
10918

"IN HONOR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE TOWN OF CHESTER: WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WAR"

 
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Chevron Veteran's Memorial Parkzoom
Simpson Ave. at 8th Street
Hoquiam
WA
USA
98550

Park contains a Memorial Monument to Hoquiam residents lost in World Wars 1, 2, Korea and Vietnam.
Also there is a granite marker to those who built the park and a very old bronze plaque dedicating a tree
to Clara Barton by “The National Woman’s Relief Corps Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic”, an
association of Union Army veterans of the American Civil War.

 
Cheyenne and Arapaho Veterans Memorialzoom
100 Red Moon Circle
El Reno
OK
USA
73022

Cheyenne-Arapaho-Veterans Memorial Wall

This war memorial stands on the grounds of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribal Headquarters. This is a beautiful war memorial, erected near the tribal administration offices. Four black granite pillars are engraved with the names of tribal members who have served in this Nation's wars. The photo gallery shows closeups of some of the names which are distinctly Native American. Above the four pillars a black granite cross beam reads: "Men and Women Who Served to Protect our Freedoms", and the words: Duty - Honor - Country - Tribe. A red granite gabled pediment is above engraved: "Cheyenne-Arapaho Veterans" and the words: Tsistsistas (Cheyenne) and Hinono'el (Arapaho). The center black pillar has a map of Oklahoma, with tribal symbols. It reads: "In honor of our veterans and the Gold Star Mothers we dedicate this memorial". Beneath that: "Our veterans gave a portion of their lives, and some lost their lives in order for us to enjoy the freedom we have now". The names of those Killed In Action are listed beneath. The memorial stands on an octagonal plaza with two benches and is lit at night. Designed and built by Willis Granite.

 
Cheyenne River Sioux World War I Memorialzoom
Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation
Eagle Butte
SD
USA

This memorial stone is located in the town of Eagle Butte, and honors the Sioux veterans, chiefs, and valiant men who died fighting in WWI.

The impetus to erect this memorial came from Congress, in April 29, 1930, when they passed the resolution to build a memorial in order to honor the twenty-five Sioux men who fought in WWI.

 
Chickasaw County Veterans Memorialzoom
8 East Prospect Street
New Hampton
IA
USA
50659

The Chickasaw County Veterans Memorial was dedicated on
November 11, 2013.
Opening into the Memorial is a large archway etched with the
emblems of all branches of the military, with two small tablets,
one one each side, thanking donors and veterans. There are
ten black granite walls inscribed with the names of local
veterans from all wars as well as peacetime. There are also
two obelisks, benches, granite markers and a bronze sculpture
of a young woman and child holding a ceremonially folded
American flag.
No taxpayer funds were used to build this Memorial. only
donations from veterans, veterans families and other private
sources, as well as grants.

 
Chilton County Veterans Memorialzoom
500 2nd Ave N
Clanton
AL
USA
35045
May 26, 1986
 
Chinese American Veterans Memorialzoom
651 California Street
San Francisco
CA
USA
94108
 
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Choctaw War Memorialzoom
10 Council House Rd
Tuskahoma
OK
USA
74574

Photo courtesy of Forest County Potawatomi

This memorial is inscribed: In Honor of Those Choctaws Who Gave Their Lives in Defense of Our Nation. It is further dedicated to the Choctaw code talkers of WW1. Although Native Americans were not considered citizens during WW1, roughly 10,000 volunteered to serve. Once they reached the front, Native servicemembers were stereotyped as fierce warriors and frequently assigned to dangerous missions. As a result, they suffered casualty rates five times higher than U.S. troops overall.

 
Christos Kalivas Memorialzoom
Kalivas Park, Lake, Cedar, Chestnut, and Barry Sts.
Manchester
NH
USA
03103

A low relief bronze panel depicts a young man wearing a WWI military jacket, and that is set against an upright shaft of New Hampshire granite. At the top is a low relief image of an eagle, with wings spread fan-like upward, with a five-pointed star above its head. It was sculpted by Francoise T. Bourcier and dedicated on March 29, 1959, in memory of Christos Kalivas, the first Greek-American to die in WWI.

 
Churubusco War Memorialzoom
115 S. Main Street, Churubusco IN 46723
Churubusco
IN
USA
46723
1948

This tablet erected to perpetuate the memory of those who sacrificed their lives and honoring those who served in our armed forces.

 
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Circleville Veterans Memorialzoom
115 E Main Street
Circleville
UT
USA
84723

Donor bricks are located on each side of the walkway leading to the Circleville Veterans Memorial in the small park at approximately 115 E Main Street in Circleville, Utah. The memorial is dedicated to all those who have served, with sections for each war since 1865. A statue of a soldier, which can be seen in the picture gallery, stands near the memorial.

 
Citizen Soldiers Monument - Irvingtonzoom
Springfield Avenue & Nesbitt Terrace
Irvington
NJ
USA
07111
1922
Charles Keck

This monument was erected to honor the soldiers & sailors of Irvington, NJ who fought in World War I. It depicts a bronze soldier dressed in a military uniform with an open-collared shirt, holding a bayonet in his lowered right hand. In his left hand, he grasps an upright flagpole topped with a small eagle. A partially unfurled American flag wraps around the flagpole.

In the back of the figure, an anvil is placed atop a tree stump and topped with an open book and an oil lamp. The statue stands on an inscribed marble base decorated in its upper portion with a relief of garland leaves.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000277.

Photo courtesy of: Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)

 
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City of Bisbee War Memorialzoom
Bisbee Police Department Headquarters
Bisbee
AZ
United States
85603

This bronze plaque and obelisk once stood at the entrance to Old Town Bisbee, but was moved to this location. The date of the move is unknown. The significance of the obelisk is also unknown, but it appears to be topped with an old flag pole ball top and has a bronze American Legion emblem on the front. In the gallery photo of Police HQ, the monument can bee seen to the right of the flag pole base, withe two posts and a chain in front of it.

The plaque reads:

THE CITY OF BISBEE HONORS BY THIS MEMORIAL HER WARRIORS WHO DIED IN THE DEFENSE OF THE PRINCIPALS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY AGAINST ENEMIES OF FREEDOM IN WORLD WAR I, WORLD WAR 2, THE KOREAN WAR, THE WAR IN VIETNAM THAT THEIR PATRIOTIC SACRIFICE WILL BE AN INSPIRATION TO SAFE GUARD LIBERTY IN THE UNITED STATES FOREVER.

DEDICATED THIS MEMORIAL DAY

MAY 31, 1976

 
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City of Renton Memorial Plaquezoom
523 S 3rd St
Renton
WA
USA
98055

This plaque is inscribed with the names of "the boys of the city of Renton who served in the World War" as well as the Bible verse John 15:13: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." A star next to a name signifies "Died In Service," meaning the servicemember was killed in action, died of wounds, died of disease, or died in an accident. The memorial is located in Veterans Memorial Park, south of the Renton History Museum.

 
City of Richmond Heights World War Service Rosterzoom
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3500
Richmond Heights
MO
USA
63117

IN HONOR AND MEMORY
OF THOSE WHO SERVED
           DURING THE
WORLD WAR, 1914 - 1918

Followed by the names of the 70 soldiers, sailors and marines from Richmond Heights who served in
the World War six of them who Died In Service are noted at the top of the list with a star preceding their name.

DEDICATED MAY 30, 1923
               BY THE
CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF
    RICHMOND HEIGHTS

 

In recognition of those who served in World War 2 and The Korean War with special emphasis to those “…WHO GAVE THEIR LAST FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION FOR THEIR COUNTY”, an additional plaque was added and dedicated on May 30, 1954. It however does not list the names of those soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen.

 

 
City of Seattle Employee Honor Rollzoom
500 4th Ave #430
Seattle
WA
USA
98104

Dedicated in 1931
Restored and Rededicated 4-6-2017
500 Block of Fourth Avenue Employee Entrance Niche

This bronze Honor Roll contains the names of all city employees who served in The World War.
Names of service members lost in The Great War are precede by a Star.

 
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Clackamas War Memorial Plaquezoom
104 Tumwater Drive
Oregon City
OR
USA
97045

Veterans Memorial Building
Clackamas County
In Memory Of All Who Gave Their Lives For
The Preservation Of American Freedom
Spanish American War - World War 1 - World War 2
Erected Under the Direction Of
Waldo Caufield Post No. 1324
Veterans Of Foreign Wars Of The United States
1949

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1324 was chartered in 1925 in Oregon City,
Oregon and has been at the current location since 1949 when we built and
dedicated the Clackamas County Veterans Memorial Building, our Post home.
We are a VFW Post with active members who served in WWII, Korea, Viet Nam,
Iraq, and Afghanistan. We are involved in our community from West Linn and
Gladstone to Clackamas and Happy Valley, and of course Oregon City.

 

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