World 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.
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.
Dedicated In Memory of Those Who Died In
Defense Of Our Country - Lest We Forget
Dedicated: November 11, 1998
The original memorial located at the Clark County Courthouse was built in 1945. In the early
1990’s it was discovered that names were missing from that memorial. Because of the
smaller size, age and handicap in-accessibility of the original memorial it was thought a new
memorial might be in order. Upon a request from Clark County officials, the 40 et 8 formed
The Clark County Veterans Memorial Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Chuck Jones and
Coleah I. Penley-Ayers. Meeting monthly, committee members worked for five years uncovering
more missing names, designing, planning and fundraising. Primarily the memorial was funded
by individual donations from within the community.
Attached to a stone marker is a bronze plaque dedicated to veterans. Beneath it is a marble inset engraved with the names of the wars - WWI, WWII, and the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars.
The historic cemetery on the National Register of Historic Places includes numerous monuments of the World War I era, including a World War I memorial erected in 1925.
The main WWI monument is a large rough-hewn granite stone with a brass memorial plaque. Sixteen names are inscribed.
Monument Inscription: “That the memory of the men of Clarke County who gave their lives in the World War in defense of their country and to perpetuate its ideals shall live as an inspiration to courage and patriotism. 1914 - 1918. Erected by the Auxiliary of the Allen R. Fleming Post 20, American Legion, Athens Georgia, May 30, 1925”
This building houses all Clay County Memorial Plaques since World War I.
The memorial is a white three-sided structure with a flat top, on which is mounted a sundial. It all sits atop a low three-sided concrete base with rounded corners, lt honors the men from Union County who died in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. It was designed by the Clayton Garden Club and was dedicated on Veterans' Day, 1953. Later plaques were added in 1984.
A row of beautiful trees line the sidewalk leading to the Courthouse.
Each tree has a dedication plaque in memory of one lost soldier.
This is a very modest memorial to sons of Clearwater County Killed In Action in “The World War”. The memorial is so modest that local Veterans Service Organization were not aware of it.
When I called to make them aware of this poignant memorial they thanked me profusely for bringing it to their attention.
— R. Shay, Volunteer Monument Hunter, United States World War 1 Centennial Commission
Description: Granite monument in the shape of the county, commemorating the service of those from this area.
Inscriptions: “In memory and honor of the men and women of Clinch County who defended our freedom through military service.”
A white marble monument for WW2 service is included in this gallery.
The City of Smyrna Veterans Memorial Park is a expansive area with large, inscribed granite walls anchoring one end of the park. The portion of the inscription dedicated to WW1 lists seventeen names. These are included in the Memorial Database located elsewhere on this website. The inscription above the names reads: “To Secure the Blessings of Liberty - Those Who Died in Service to Their Country.”
Col. R.C. Bolling monument on Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich CT.
Greenwich Board of Education. 290 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, Town of Greenwich, Department of Public Works, Building Construction and Maintenance Division, 101 Field Point Rd., Town Hall, Greenwich, CT 06830; (203) 531-7139; Outdoors. Free.
This is a bronze standing figure of Col. Raynal C. Bolling, an aviator in the American Expeditionary Force of WWI. The figure wears a WW1 uniform and holds a cane in his right hand. Behind is a steel relief of two airplanes flying among clouds, Greenwich resident Boiling is credited with laying the foundation for the U.S. aerial warfare program in France, and died near Amiens on March 26, 1918. He was the first high-ranking American to die in France.
This memorial is in front of the county court house in honor of the town's 19 who died in WW1.
This bronze plaque and stone memorial, topped with a bronze eagle, stands as a memorial to Cole County WWI veterans. It includes a list of those who died during their service, one of which was a Red Cross worker.
The memorial stands on the corner of the lawn of the Cole County Courthouse.