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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.

 

Clark Veterans Monumentzoom
Clark Municipal Building, 430 Westfield Ave.
Clark
NJ
USA
07066

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.

 
Clarke Co. - Athens - Oconee Hill Monumentzoom
Clarke Co. - Athens - Oconee Hill Monument
Athens
GA
USA
30605
May 30, 1925
Photos courtesy of Tom Jackson and Lamar Veatch

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”

 
Clarke County War Memorialzoom
350 Commerce St
Jackson
AL
USA
36545
1998
Erected by the citizens of Clarke County.
 
Clarke County World War I Memorialzoom
Clarke County Courthouse Square
Grove Hill
AL
USA
36451
1924
Monument dedicated to the servicemen from Clarke County who lost their lives during World War I. In 2002, a new honor roll tablet was added to replace the previous one that separated the service men based on race. The memorial is a contributing structure to the Grove Hill Courthouse Square Historic District.
 
Clay County Veterans Memorialzoom
25 Court Sq
Ashland
AL
USA
36251
 
Clay County War Memorialzoom
800 West Second St
Corning
AR
USA
72422
No additional information at this time.
 
Clay County War Memorial Buildingzoom
Brazil
IN
USA
47834
1945

This building houses all Clay County Memorial Plaques since World War I.

 
Clayton Memorial Trianglezoom
Main, Monroe, and Railroad Sts.
Clayton
NM
USA
88415

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.

 
Clearwater County WW1 Memorial Trees and Lost Soldier’s Memorial Plaques zoom
150 Michigan Street
Orofino
ID
USA
83544

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

 
Cleburne County War Memorialzoom
120 Vickery St
Heflin
AL
USA
36264
 
Cleburne County War Memorialzoom
301 W. Main St.
Heber Springs
AR
USA
72543
No additional information at this time.
 
Cleveland County Courthousezoom
20 E Magnolia St, Rison, AR 71665
Rison
AR
USA
71665
No additional information at this time.
 
Cleveland County Courthouse Memorialzoom
20 Magnolia St.
Rison
AR
USA
71665
Courthouse in Cleveland County, Arkansas.
 
Clinch Co. - Homerville - memorialzoom
Clinch County Courthouse - 22 Court Square
Homerville
GA
USA
31634
Photos courtesy of Brooklyn Reese

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.

 
Clinton County Veterans Memorialzoom
Frankfort
IN
USA
46041
 
Cobb Co. - Smyrna - Veterans Memorial Parkzoom
1311 Bank St. SE (corner of King and Bank Streets)
Smyrna
GA
USA
https://www.smyrnacity.com/your-government/departments/parks-recreation/parks/show-all-parks/veterans-memorial
2002
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

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.”

 
Coffee County Veterans Memorial zoom
Veterans Memorial Park, 661 E Davis St
Elba
AL
USA
36323
 
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Col. R.C. Bollingzoom
GREENWICH AVENUE
Greenwich
CT
USA
06830

Col. R.C. Bolling monument on Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich CT.

 
Col. R.C. Bolling Memorialzoom
290 Greenwich Ave
Greenwich
CT
USA
06830
  • Col. R.C. Bolling Memorial

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.

 
Colbert County War Memorialzoom
201 N Main St
Tuscumbia
AL
USA
35674
 
Colbert County WW1 Memorialzoom
W 3rd & N Main
Tuscumbia
AL
USA
35674

This memorial is in front of the county court house in honor of the town's 19 who died in WW1.

 
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Cole County WWI Memorialzoom
301 E. High St.
Jefferson City
MO
USA
65101
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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.

 
Coleman Veterans Memorialzoom
450 E Railway St, Coleman, MI 48618
Coleman
MI
USA
48618

Coleman Veterans Memorial

     In May of 2007 the Zylman Family lost their son Casey in Iraq. They wanted to do something to honor Casey’s memory. Randy Zylman served with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam, and Casey also served with the 25th Infantry as a Calvary Scout during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After much thought it was decided that they wanted to honor the Coleman Community and all Area Veterans with something bigger. The Coleman Veterans Memorial Committee was founded.

There are 3 walkways leading into the center of the court yard. It represents the service men and women who answered the call to duty, coming together from all directions, walks of life, and their own personal reasons to serve our nation and become America's defenders.

 The outer circle represents how the individual services circle together to protect our country and how we are unified as one nation and as brothers and sisters. All 5 service flags representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard are on the perimeter of the circle.

   "Bricks of Honor" are within the inner walkway. The personalized bricks of those who served our nation, it consists of Coleman community members, Midland County, Isabella County and people all over our country who purchased a brick to honor their loved one or friends who served.

 The Center

   The remaining statues will be a shade of white. This represents the spirits of those who gave their lives in those wars. It also represents their motives were pure when they served. The 3rd Soldiers Statue is from Vietnam Era. His hand is reaching out the shoulder to offer strength. The 4th is from Korea and the 5th is from WWII and our last statue is from WWI to complete our memorial. They are all filing into the court yard to honor and console a brother.

 

We came into service as individuals, we left as brothers and sisters, 
As family, who fought and died for each other. 
So come and visit our memorial! Join us and be a part of something special in our community, help us educate the young members of our community. 


There are 2 other war memorials in the front of the court yard placed on either side of the American Flag. These are the 2 original Veterans Memorials from the VFW memorial. They were moved here from their original resting place to be a part of this special Memorial. Our Nations Flag is centered on the memorials. The POW/MIA Flag is seated to its left and the State of Michigan flag is on the right.

 The Statues are facing away from you as you walk into this memorial so that when you visit our beautiful memorial, you will be walking into the court yard along with the soldiers, taking in all the names of those who served, to those who paid the Ultimate Sacrifice, to pay tribute, honor and reflect with them. This memorial is an educational tool to show what the cost we have paid to be a free nation.

We came into service as individuals, we left as brothers and sisters, 
As family, who fought and died for each other. 
So come and visit our memorial! Join us and be a part of something special in our community, help us educate the young members of our community. 


  


"United by Sacrifice" 
That is the meaning of our memorial. The original stands at the legendary Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, home of the 25th Infantry Division. They have allowed us to share their memorial from across the Pacific! 


Honoring those who served, Dedicated to those who sacrificed!

 
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College Point War Memorialzoom
Mall Eighteen
NY
USA
11356
1930

In memoriam to the men of College Point who made the supreme sacrifice during the World War, April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918: Oscar Ammann --- Albert W. Frey --- August Biegler --- Christian Geidel ---August Breisacher --- Charles O. Mahler --- Benjamin Blue --- Thomas Mc Cormack --- Rudolph Brugger --- William J. Mohrmann --- William Buerger --- Louis Schmidt --- John H. Embree --- Emil Schwab --- John B. Endres --- Edward Stack --- Thomas Fagan --- Alfred Stengel

 
College Square Memorialzoom
Southbridge St.
Worcester
MA
USA
01610

First dedicated on November 12. 1944, this is a large stone wall with a Plexiglass-covered wood panel containing inscription plaques. On its top is a circular relief of a shield under a spread-winged eagle. It was moved about 100 feet north and rededicated on June 8, 1969. After a restoration project, it was once again rededicated on No­vember 13,1983.

lt initially honored the boys and girls of Malvern Road School who served in WWI. A later plaque is a tribute to the men and women of South Worcester who served during the Korean and Viet­nam Wars.

 

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