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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.

 

20th Century War Heroes of Lancaster Honor Rollsloupe
128 Main St./U.S. Hwy. 3
Lancaster
NH
USA
03584

Sculpture Foundry:
Gotham Silversmiths

IN HONOR OF THE
MEN AND WOMEN
OF LANCASTER
NEW HAMPSHIRE
WHO SERVED IN
THE ARMED FORCES
OF THEIR COUNTRY
IN TIME OF WAR

This plaque is on the Main Street side of the monument which is toped by the Gorham
Silversmith’s foundry produced American Eagle with full spread wings. On the other
three sides are Honor Rolls listing those residents who served in the 20th Century wars
of our republic. This monument was dedicated on Memorial Day, Wednesday, May 30th,
1951.

HONOR ROLL
WORLD WAR I
1917 - 1918

This plaque lists the names of 143 Lancaster residents who served in the war and the
five Sons of Lancaster who “Made The Supreme Sacrifice” in defense of our liberty.
Those five lost son’s names are followed by a star.

This Monument sits front and center in Lancaster’s Centennial Park, formerly know as
Central Park, this gray granite War Memorial Monument surrounded by Weeks Memorial
Library and the Coos County Superior Court.

 
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307th Infantry Memorial Groveloupe
Central Park
New York
NY
USA
10019
1925

Front: (Names of 590 men are listed in 9 columns.)
Rear: To The Dead / of the / 307th Infantry A.E.F / 590 Officers and Men / 1917-1919 /

 
32nd Red Arrow Divisionloupe
Grayling
MI
USA
49738

32nd Red Arrow Division 

After American entry into World War I in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson ordered all of Michigan's National Guard to Camp Grayling. Eight thousand of these troops then went to Texas where they joined Wisconsin soldiers to form the 32nd Division. Arriving in France in 1918 the division earned the name "Red Arrow" for its swift assaults through German lines. During World War II the 32nd Red Arrow Division fought courageously in the Pacific Theatre and received a commendation from General Douglas MacArthur.

 
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42nd Rainbow Division Honor Rollloupe
Jefferson St and Washington St.
Greenfield
OH
USA
45123

The inscription on this memorial reads :

THEY GAVE THEIR ALL

OUR HONORED

WORLD WAR I 1917-18

[Followed by an Honor Roll listing the 49 men from Greenfield, Ohio who served in the 42nd "Rainbow" Division during World War I].

 
42nd Rainbow Division Memorial at Croix Rouge Farmloupe
La Croix Rouge
Fère-en-Tardenois
Hauts-de-France
France
02130

Inaugurated in November 2012, this Memorial of the 42nd Division commemorates the 162 soldiers from Alabama and their Iowa comrades who died on the battle field of the Croix Rouge Farm as well as all the soldiers of the Rainbow Division who gave their life for France during the Great War. Created by British sculptor James Butler, MBE (RA), it was erected by the Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation (Montgomery, Alabama) and was donated to the city of Fère-en-Tardenois, so that the bronze soldier who carries the body of his dead comrade remains forever the witness of the sacrifice made by young Americans on July 26, 1918, and so that it remains for future generations a symbol of French-American friendship and a call for peace among nations. 

For background on the memorial, see: https://croixrougefarm.org/the-sculpture/

 
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5th Regiment Armory WWI Memorialloupe
219 29th Division St
Baltimore
MD
USA
21201

Inside the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore is a Maryland Museum of Military History. Although the armory is usually closed to visitors, the building's facade is home to a number of WW1 memorials.

 
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75mm Field Gunloupe
Veterans Park Drive
Florence
AL
USA
35630

This 75mm field gun is a modification of a French gun that was designed in 1917. The 75mm was the most effective light field gun in W.W.I. It was also used against infantry, tanks, and other armored targets in W.W.II. 

This gun is 17'-3" long, and weights 3,400lbs. Its range was 13,870 yards, and fired 6 rounds per minute. The 75mm shell weighed 19lbs., and could be fixed, high-explosive, chemical, smoke, or armor-piercing.

The 105mm has now replaced the 75mm gun as the light artillery weapon.

 
7th Draft Board War Memorialloupe
Bronx Blvd. and 219th St.
Bronx
NY
USA
10467

This 19 foot tall monument was designed by architect Charles W. Stoughton (1871-1945) and installed here in 1924, as a memorial to the veterans of WWI.

 
81st Wildcat Division WWI Memorialloupe
North Main St.
Greenville
SC
USA
29601

This World War I monument stands just outside the gates of Greenville's historic Springwood Cemetery. It reads: "In Memory of 81st. Wildcat Division which trained at Camp Sevier Apr. to July 1918, Maj. Gen. Chas. J. Bailey, Commanding. Erected Oct. 13, 1956."

Although officially organized as the 81st National Army Division, the battalion came to be known as the Wildcat Division and entered the war theater in France toward the end of the war in 1918. With draftees primarily from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida, the group took on the name to reflect the fierce fighting and tenacious wild cats of the South and adopted a patch made from the silhouette of the cat as their insignia. They fought in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in 1918 and were in combat against the Germans in Verdun when fighting ceased on November 11 with the armistice. The Wildcat Division suffered 1,104 casualties during their short time in the war.

 
82nd Airborne Division Memorialloupe
Fort Bragg 82nd Airborne Division War Museum, 5108 Ardennes St
Fort Bragg
NC
USA
28307

This obelisk monument is dedicated to the memory of the mem­bers of the 82nd in WWI, WWII, the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars, and actions in the Dominican Republic, Grenada, and Panama.

 
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91st Division Monumentloupe
Joint Base Lewis-McChord
WA
USA
98433
1930
Avard Fairbanks, John Graham Sr.

On May 30, 1930, an impressive monument was dedicated at Fort Lewis honoring the Army's 91st Division. The monument, featuring six statues and a 40-foot tall shaft, recalls the division's wartime contribution and honors its war dead. Sculptor Avard Fairbanks (1897-1987) designed the statues and noted Seattle architect John Graham Sr. (1873-1955) designed the monument. Frank McDermott, president of the Bon Marche Department store, donated the funds to build it. Since its dedication, the monument has become a prominent Joint Base Lewis-McChord symbol, where it continues to honor national sacrifice.

 
9th Infantry Division/loupe
Camp Sheridan site, 3 Johnson Ave.
Montgomery
AL
USA
36110

"The 9th Infantry Division was organized on 18 July 1918 at Camp Sheridan for service in World War I. When the War ended, 11 November 1918, deployment of the Division to France was canceled and it was demobilized of 15 February 1919." -Alabama Historical Association marker, 1993.

 
A Bartlett King 10th Engineers 32nd Divisionloupe
Marquette
MI
USA
49855
A monument dedicated to A Bartlett King 107th Engineers 32nd Division who died in France October 7th 1918. He was the former leader of Boy Scout Troop No.1 in Marquette MI. This monument was built by the Boy Scout Troop on Sugarloaf Mountain near Marquette MI. A short .5 mile hike up to the Sugarloaf Mountain look out also yields great views of the Lake Superior shore line and Marquette MO.

There are 2 trails one easier with steps and one more difficult. The trail head is located off County Road 550. About 3 miles north of Marquette.
 
A Tribute To The Men of Fairfax Countyloupe
Fairfax
VA
USA
22030

Located in front of the Fairfax Court House, this World War I memorial hosts the names of the soldiers from Fairfax County who died in the war.

 
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Ada Doughboyloupe
16 3rd Ave E, Ada, MN 56510
Ada
MN
USA
56510

"I've attached the pic associated with the World War One Memorial at Ada, Minnesota. Since it's dedication (date unknown) other sides of the base have had plaques added listing the fatalities from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam."

-Mr. Johannes R. Allert, M.A., CTL

 
Adams County Veteran's Memorial and Parkloupe
Near 524 Berne St
Berne
IN
USA
46711
July 28, 2002
 
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Aero Memorialloupe
Aviator Park, Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 20th Street
Philadelphia
PA
USA
19103

Photo and description courtesy of the Association for Public Art

This bronze "celestial sphere" is dedicated to the aviators who died during World War 1. It also illustrates the signs of the zodiac and is inscribed with the Latin names of the constellations and planets. The sculpture is located opposite the main entrance of the Franklin Institute.

 
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Aitkin County WW1 Memorialloupe
209 2nd St., NW aitkin MN
Aitkin
MN
USA
56431

In Memory Of 
Those Aitkin County 
Soldiers 
Who Lost Their 
Lives In The 
World War

Erected By 
Northland Chapter D.A.R. 
1936

 
Akron, loupe
North lawn of Summit County Courthouse, 209 S. High St.
Akron
OH
USA
44308

This cast bronze statue of a WWI infantryman has been painted mustard yellow. It depicts him advancing through the stumps and barbed wire of No Man's Land, carrying a rifle and grenade and wear­ing a steel helmet, gas mask, bag and ammunition belt. Beneath is a granite slab and sandstone base, with a plaque dedicated to the mem­ory of the men and women who served in WWI from Summit County. Other plaques list the 65 men and one woman from the county who died in service during the war. It was installed at the Ar­mory in 1934 and moved to the present site in 1982.

 
Alabama Veterans Memorial at Centennial Memorial Parkloupe
17th St & Quintard Ave
Anniston
AL
USA
36207
 
Alabama Veterans Memorial Parkloupe
100 Overton Access Rd.
Birmingham
AL
USA
35210
 
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Alabama War Memorialloupe
120 N Jackson Street
Montgomery
AL
USA
36104

Erected in 1968, this monument consists of a marble obelisk and fountains, with life-size figures of military personnel.  It honors the Alabama citizens who have served in America's wars.  A Hall of Honor commemorates those who have received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

 
Alabama World War Memorial Buildingloupe
Alabama Department of Archives and History, 624 Washington Ave.
Montgomery
AL
USA
36130
November 11, 1940
 
Alaska Veterans Memorialloupe
Denali State Park, Byers Lake Campground
Trapper Creek
AK
USA
99683

The Alaska Veterans Memorial is an outdoor memorial grove in Denali State Park in Interior Alaska. The memorial honors ArmyNavyAir ForceMarine CorpsCoast GuardAlaska National Guard, and Merchant Marine veterans from Alaska, as well as specific Alaskans who were awarded the Medal of Honor. There are also small memorials to the passengers and crew of military plane crashes in Alaska. The site was selected because of the scenic beauty of the area and its location between Alaska's two largest cities. On a clear day visitors can see Denali from just outside the memorial. It is 147 miles (237 km) from Anchorage and 214 miles (344 km) from Fairbanks, on a hill above the Byers Lake campground. During the main visitor season (May–August) there is a staffed visitor center and bookstore. The main memorial alcove was constructed in 1983. Governor Bill Sheffield, himself a veteran, dedicated the site in 1984.

 
Albany Memorial Grove Flagpoleloupe
Mater Christi Memorial Grove, 162 S Lake Ave
Albany
NY
USA
12208

The base of the flagpole is a square column of granite eight feet tall and two and a half feet on a side. It has three rectangular panels with relief images of two soldiers with a dog and birds, two soldiers with a horse, and a soldier walking with nurses. On the fourth side are the names of 145 who died in WWI. It was sculpted by Gertrude Katherine Lathrop (1896-1986) and dedicated in 1933.

 

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