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War Memorial Veterans Building and Opera Houseloupe
301 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco
CA
USA
94102

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaque The War Memorial Veterans Building and the War Memorial Opera House comprise the War Memorial Complex. San Franciscans, inspired by the ending of World War One, in the 1920's initiated the building of a war memorial dedicated “to all who served.’  The complex opened in 1932 to Bay Area acclaim. In commemoration of the signing of the 1918 Armistice ending The Great War, the San Francisco Performing Arts Center Foundation organized a series of exhibits and displays in the lobby of the War Memorial Veterans Building and the American Legion’s Veterans Gallery.  The Centennial Commemoration included banners, displays and video monitors depicting various historic milestones of the war and their effect on the San Francisco Bay area from the declaration of war by Congress in 1917, City celebrations of the armistice signing in 1918, to the return of local veterans in 1919.

 
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World War 1 Memorialloupe
525 Grand Avenue
Laramie
WY
USA
82070

Laramie World War 1 Memorial

The Laramie World War 1 Memorial is an eagle-topped monument commemorating those from Albany County and the University of Wyoming who served in World War 1, with a separate panel listing 32 men who gave their lives during the war.  It was designed by Italian-born sculptor Giuseppe Moretti and was dedicated in October 1924.  It stands on the corner of Ivinson Avenue and Sixth Street near the Albany County Courthouse.

 
World War 1 Veterans Memorialloupe
Riverview Dr and 5th Ave South
Clinton
IA
USA
52732

World War I Veterans Memorial 

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaque The World War 1 Veterans Memorial is located in the Clinton Riverfront Park and includes a bronze sculpture cast by French-born American sculptor Leonard Crunelle in 1930. The sculpture is part of the memorial which also includes a granite pedestal and a metal flagpole.

 
Women of Iowa World War 1 Memorialloupe
Grand Ave and East 13th St
Des Moines
IA
USA
50319

Women of Iowa World War I Memorial

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaque The Women of Iowa World War I Memorial, also known as The Women in White Memorial,  is dedicated to all Iowa women who served and died during Iowa’s participation in World War I.  It is located on the campus of the Iowa State Capitol.  On May 31, 1921, a simple grove of birch trees was planted on the Iowa Capitol Campus to commemorate the lives of Iowa women who gave their lives in the service of our country during World War I. Over time, some of those trees perished and the memory of that grove vanished. For the World War I centennial, this memorial was established to recreate and rededicate a site on the Capitol grounds to insure that the sacrifices of these women will never be forgotten again. 

 
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St. Anthony's Doughboyloupe
Main St at Bridge St
St Anthony
ID
USA
83445

St. Anthony's Doughboy by Avard Fairbanks

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaque The St. Anthony's Doughboy Memorial is located in Veterans Park, surrounded by the flowing water of Henry's Fork, a tributary of the Snake River.  In commemoration of the centennial of World War I, the statue was restored to its original state when it was first dedicated and brought to the city in 1922.  Sometimes referred to as Victorious American Doughboy, it is a bronze figure of an infantryman wielding a rifle and carrying on his hip two German helmets, souvenirs of victory.  It was sculpted by American sculptor Avard Fairbanks (1897-1987).  Additional monuments have been placed to honor those who have served in the military.

 
Jefferson County Veterans Memorialloupe
498-400 Co Rte 34/1,
Charles Town
WV
USA
25414

Located in Jefferson Memorial Park, 801 S Mildred St., Charles Town, WV 25414.  Memorial is on the south side of East Forrest Avenue between South Church Street and South Seminary Street.

Marble plaque for World War I service lists 31 names.

 
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Soldier Fieldloupe
1410 Museum Campus Drive
Chicago
IL
USA
60605

Soldier Field

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaque Opened in 1924 as the Grant Park Municipal Stadium, in 1925 the stadium was renamed Soldier Field to honor the men and women who lost their lives during World War I. The ceremony to mark the name change was held on Armistice Day and began with a firing of guns at sunrise, a 21-gun salute at 11:00 am, and included parades and ceremonial flag raisings.   Its formal dedication as Soldier Field was on Saturday, November 27, 1926, during the 29th annual playing of the Army–Navy Game. Its design is in the Neoclassical style, with Doric columns rising above the East and West entrances. The stadium cost $13 million to construct ($182 million in 2015 dollars), a very large sum for a sporting venue at that time. (Although it opened in 1924, construction wasn’t completed until 1939).  A Spirit of the American Doughboy Memorial, created by American sculptor Ernest Moore Viquesney (1876-1946) in 1926, originally placed in Chicago’s Garfield Park and dedicated to the service men and women who gave their lives during World War I, was re-located in 2003 near Gate O of Soldier Field.  It stands raised on a marble slab inside a protective glass circle with an etched inscription.

 

 
The James Bethel Gresham Arboretumloupe
3800 Kratzville Rd
Evansville
IN
USA
47710

The James Bethel Gresham Arboretum at Locust Hill Cemetery

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaqueWorld War I US Army Soldier James Bethel Gresham was a factory worker in Evansville, Indiana when in April 1914 he enlisted in the United States Army. In June of 1917, as part of Co F of the 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, he was part of the first group of American troops sent to France. A few months later he became one of the first three American soldiers killed in the war. In the pre-dawn hours of November 3, 1917, German soldiers attacked the Americans in their trenches near Artois, France. The Americans were vastly outnumbered, and engaged in hand-to-hand battle with the enemy. At the end of the encounter, three American soldiers were dead, five sounded and twelve taken prisoner. Corporal James Gresham, along with Private Thomas Enright and Private Merle D. Hay, were buried on the battlefield where they fell. Corporal Gresham was later reburied in the American Cemetery in Bathlemon, France, and finally in 1921 was returned to Evansville and buried here in Locust Hill Cemetery.  Linden trees have been planted near his grave, and that of his mother Alice Gresham Dodd, to reflect the landscape of the French countryside which he died defending.

 
Solomon War/Veterans Memorialloupe
102 E 4th St
Solomon
KS
USA
67480

Solomon War/Veterans Memorial

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaque This new war/veterans memorial in the Solomon, Kansas city park commemorates the 100th anniversary of World War I and includes a time capsule to be opened on the 150th anniversary of the war.  The building of the memorial, which serves to educate and commemorate our past wars and veterans, involved civic groups, school groups, and veterans from the community.

 
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Wellesley Memorial Groveloupe
438 Washington St
Wellesley
MA
USA
02482

Wellesley Memorial Grove

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaqueIn May 1919, a Memorial Grove was dedicated to the 335 citizens of Wellesley who served and the 6 who died during the Great War.  The grove was designed by landscape architect Arthur H. Alexander .  Although 325 trees were planted and dedicated in 1919, the markers with their names and a “boulder with a bronze tablet on it commemorating the boys who served their country” never received appropriation. In commemoration of the centennial of World War I, the Town of Wellesley has restored Memorial Grove as a place of honor to those who served and those who gave their lives in World War I.  This restoration included the planting of 6 memorial trees (Eastern Rebud, Cercis Canadensis) in honor of the six men who died; a granite bench overlooking a park pond inscribed with information about the 6 heroes; and an historic interpretive sign welcoming visitors to Memorial Grove and explaining the history of 1919 events honoring those Wellesley residents who served and died.  

 
Farmingdale State College Memorial Oakloupe
East Farmingdale
NY
USA
11735

Planted on June 4, 1921 as a memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War, the Memorial Oak has come to stand as a symbol of the College's fortitude as well as that of the student body. The white oak was planted using soil from all U.S. states and territories as well as from all of the Allied Nations.

 
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Grove of Remembanceloupe
Beechwood Drive
Baltimore
MD
USA
21217

Grove of Remembrance

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaqueIn Baltimore’s historic Druid Hill Park, a grove of oak trees stand sentinel before a simple, elegant stone and slate structure. For nearly one hundred years, this serene, sacred place has held the memories of thousands of American families touched by the First World War. It is possibly the oldest and largest scope memorial to the Great War in the United States. In October 1919, women attending the War Mothers of America national convention in Baltimore travelled uptown to Druid Hill Park. In a quiet ceremony, mothers, sisters, and daughters planted 48 pin oak saplings – one for each of the United States. Five more trees stood for the three U.S. Allies, President Woodrow Wilson, and the City of Baltimore.  Cardinal Gibbons gave the blessing. The French ambassador to the U.S. gave the heartfelt gratitude of his nation. The State of Maryland donated the trees, the City of Baltimore donated the site and the upkeep - and the women gave their sweat and tears to create the Grove of Remembrance. Both the past and the future were present – aged Civil War veterans attended, as well as 1,000 school children holding a giant U.S. flag. "Some of the scenes were unforgettable," The Sun reported as it described women planting trees in memory of the sons they had lost. "The silence was broken only by the sobs of the Gold Star Mothers." The Grove became a touchstone for grief, solace, and remembrance. On Mother's Day in 1927, former first lady Edith Wilson led groundbreaking ceremonies for a memorial stone-and-slate pavilion at the grove. Designed by noted Baltimore architects Palmer & Lamdin, the pavilion honored Lieutenant Merrill Rosenfeld, an Army officer and Baltimore attorney who died in the Argonne Forest in 1918. A bequest from his father added this sheltering focal point to the Grove.  Over the years, other trees have been planted for other wars and sacrifices. Through the decades and generations since, the Grove and Pavilion have stood stalwart and seen the neighborhood change. The Grove of Remembrance was restored, improved, and rededicated in October 2019  in commemoration of the centennial of World War I.

 
1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range Memorialloupe
Foxfire Trace and Bunker Court
Caswell Beach
NC
USA
28465

1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range Memorial

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaqueOn January 21, 1918, the U.S. War Department proposed the construction of a new rifle range adjacent to Fort Caswell, N.C., for small arms training of soldiers in preparation for the entrance of the United States into World War I. After World War II, the rifle range was declared surplus and sold. In commemoration of the Centennial of World War I, a group of Caswell Beach residents have worked to create a memorial and dedicate the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range to the WWI veterans of Brunswick County, N.C. and have the structure added to the National Register of Historic Places.  

 
The Memorial Trees at Beach Parkloupe
1-37 1st St
Keyport
NJ
USA
07735

The Memorial Trees at Beach Park

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaqueOf 3,400 New Jersey men who died in World War 1, nine of them proudly hailed from the historic Borough of Keyport, NJ. On April 13, 1923, nine trees commemorating each of the fallen soldiers were donated by Keyport resident, Ms. Aima Lockwood, and officially dedicated in a Memorial Day ceremony on May 30, 1924.  Each tree was marked with a handsome copper plate bearing the inscription: “This tree is placed here as a tribute of to the memory of (soldier’s name), who gave his life in the World War, 1917-1918.”  Sadly, the trees had reached the end of their natural lives and had to be removed in 2017. In commemoration of the centennial of World War 1, nine new trees have been planted, with new name plates, to continue the living commemoration to Keyport's fallen. 

 
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The Men of Springfieldloupe
Mountain Ave and Shunpike Rd
Springfield Township
NJ
USA
07081

The Men of Springfield

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaque The plaque entitled “The Men of Springfield” was erected to honor the legacy of the 80 men that served in the First World War, four of whom made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. In commemoration of the centennial of World War I, the plaque was removed, restored, and relocated here in Veteran’s Park. 

 
Oradell World War I Memorialloupe
601 Oradell Ave
Oradell
NJ
USA
07649

Oradell World War I Memorial

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaque In 1922, the Borough of Oradell, New Jersey, set a memorial stone honoring the sixty-nine Borough residents who participated in World War I as members of various military branches, including the American Expeditionary Forces, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, YMCA, U.S. Navy Army Student Training Corps, and the U.S. Naval Reserve. The bronze plaque affixed to the boulder dedicates the stone, so that future generations may also know and render honor to those young men and women who responded to their country's call in times of peril.

 
Lynbrook Doughboy Memorialloupe
1 Columbus Drive
Lynbrook
NY
USA
11563

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaque Ross Plaza, site of the Lynbrook Doughboy Monument, was acquired by the Village in 1938 and has evolved over the years to honor the fallen from each of the major wars.  The Lynbrook Doughboy (also called the Soldiers and Sailors monument in the 1920s) is a statue of a World War I soldier and the centerpiece of the village’s war monuments. On the four-sided pedestal below the statue are the names of 15 local soldiers killed in action in World War I. The inscription on the back of the statue reads, “Erected by the citizens of Lynbrook and vicinity, dedicated on 12th day of October A.D. 1920.”

 
World War I Centennial Roomloupe
30 John St
Saugerties
NY
USA
12477

World War I Centennial Room at the American Legion Post 72

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaqueIn lacking a physical WWI monument in our town, the American Legion Post 72 has created a memorial exhibition space telling the stories of the town's soldiers through their WWI possessions. Of particular note are the letters and correspondence of the soldiers and their families that relate the humanity of World War I in their own words. Artifacts have been cataloged and stories curated around the objects and their owners. Also, letters have been digitized and narrated to better understand the men behind the soldiers and how the war impacted their sense of identity, their families and the community.

 
Governors Island World War I Memorialsloupe
Fort Jay
Governors Island
NY
USA
11231

Governors Island World War I Memorials 

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaque In commemoration of the centennial of World War I, the Governors Island Memorials Project restored three Great War memorials that were stolen or damaged. The memorials are for Pvt. Merle Hay, one of the first three Doughboys killed in combat; Capt. Harry Kimmell, KIA and awarded two DSC; and a tree memorial to General Pershing. The memorials are located on the former Fort Jay, which the Army left in 1966. The memorials have been conserved, repaired, replaced and rededicated in ceremonies on Sept 16-17, 2017, led by the active duty U.S. Army. The ceremonies were open to the public, which took part in parades with WWI re-enactors. A Doughboy band led the procession. 

 
Kingsbridge War Memorial Bell Towerloupe
239th St and Henry Hudson Pkwy
Bronx
NY
USA
10471

Kingsbridge War Memorial Bell Tower

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaqueThe Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Kingsbridge War Memorial Bell Tower was designed in 1930 by distinguished architect Dwight James Baum (1886-1939). The memorial honors those from Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil and Kingsbridge who gave their lives in World War I. Construction on the memorial tower began on July 4, 1930, with the laying of a cornerstone containing a time capsule. Initially known as the Memorial Tower, it was dedicated on July 4, 1931. The dedication was conducted with great fanfare, as “observation planes” from the Twenty-Seventh Division flew overhead circling the monument three times dropping flowers upon the crowd, and pigeons were released from the belfry. In his remarks, Alderman Alford J. Williams commented of the memorial tower, “It is built of native rock and the soil on which it stands is that which was trampled by those boys from here who died—those boys who died so that we may enjoy the liberty handed down by our forebears.” At the base of the monument three of the four sides feature sets of three bronze honor rolls, listing the names of the local soldiers who served from the three adjacent communities. In total 700 residents enlisted in the war effort, 29 of whom sacrificed their lives in war in the service of their country. The tower houses an extraordinary historic artifact—a bronze bell cast in Spain in 1762 for a Mexican monastery, and captured by General Winfield Scott in the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. When the bell was first brought back to New York City, it was housed at a fire watch tower at Jefferson Market in Greenwich Village. It was later moved to a Riverdale firehouse, where it tolled daily at 8 a.m., noon, and 9 p.m., until it was installed it in its current tower in 1931. 

 

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