The new World War I Airmen Memorial at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was unveiled and dedicated in September 2018, at an event held in conjunction with a weekend of World War I activities on the centennial of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. At the event, there were representatives from Belgium, Germany, Australia, Canada, and Britain, to commemorate the sacrifices of those in the air forces on both sides of the war. The Meuse-Argonne Offensive remains the largest, and most lethal, battle in U.S. military history. It was the last battle of the Great War, and led to the deaths of 26,722 Americans, with some 95,786 soldiers wounded.
The Fort Towson World War I Memorial honors the memory and sacrifices of all the brave men from Fort Towson, Choctaw County and the State of Oklahoma who served and/or gave their lives in World War I. The memorial was completed in 2018 on the centennial of the Great War. To understand the history of the Fort Towson World War I Memorial, one must go back to the mid-1990’s when Margie Hopson Motley made the decision to give back to the little town in Oklahoma where she grew up during the Great Depression. Margie Hopson was born on September 26, 1922 in Ardmore, OK and moved to Fort Towson, OK in 1924 where she lived until 1935 with her parents, Cecil & Jimmie Hopson. Cecil Hopson served in World War I, initially in the Cavalry Corps and later in the Tank Corps, and died at the relatively young age of 47 due to complications from exposure to mustard gas in World War I. For this project Hopson Motley commissioned a new Doughboy statue in the likeness of Cecil, refurbished a local Towson park, installed a memorial arch and flagpole and even purchased the old library building across the street to install a WWI museum. She did all this as a part of the centennial of WWI, to honor her father Cecil and the town in which she grew up. Sadly, Margie Hopson Motley passed away in January 2018; she was 96 years old.
This iconic 1922 Doughboy statue - originally dedicated to honor the 48 Caddo County men killed during World War I - has been recently restored and now includes the names of those fallen or MIA in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and post 9-11.
This World War I Honor Roll Plaque, refinished and rededicated on April 8, 2017 in honor of the centennial of the Great War, has these words at the top: “ERECTED BY THE PEOPLE OF SPRINGDALE IN HONOR OF THOSE OF THIS COMMUNITY WHO ANSWERED THE CALL OF THEIR COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WAR 1914-1919” and “THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE WORLD WAR ONE VETERANS”.
The American Legion Post 911 World War I Memorial includes an honor roll listing the name of every World War I veteran from the area and serves as a constant reminder of those who sacrificed for freedom. A note that Shanksville is the host town of the Flight 93 National Memorial Park honoring those who lost their lives on 9/11; the American Legion Post 911 has had that number since 1946, an amazing coincidence.
Col. Frank Duffy was the highest ranking officer from Scranton to be killed in action during World War I. In November 2018, to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day 1918, the new Frank Duffy Memorial Park was dedicated, including a Viquesney "Spirit of the American Doughboy" statue and 11 trees which are symbolic of the Great War ending on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Since its unveiling on Memorial Day 1940, the statue had previously been standing at the foot of the nearby Col. Frank Duffy Memorial Bridge. Frank Joseph Duffy was born in Scranton in 1884. After working as an electrical engineer for several years, he became a doughboy after America joined the war in 1917. He was quickly promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, second in command of the 103rd Engineers (which still exists today as a unit of the Pennsylvania National Guard). He was killed in August 1918 on a scouting expedition, just three months before the end of the war
In honor of the 100th anniversary of World War I, on November 11, 2017, the Dunmore Rotary erected a monument to memorialize the sacrifices made by the local men and women who served our country during the Great War. Etched in to the memorial are the names of the 262 WWI veterans from Lackawanna County.
The Dell Rapids Veterans Memorial Park pays tribute to all who have served in each branch of the military. The park includes memorial war sites for the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Enduring Freedom and Fallen Soldier Memorial.
The Tennessee War Memorial Building is situated in downtown Nashville at the base of the state capitol, and was built as an enduring memorial to the Tennessee soldiers who died in World War I. Begun in 1923 and dedicated in 1925, the memorial initially included an auditorium, a park, and rooms for an archives and museum to preserve the state's heritage and encourage civic engagement. The Tennessee State Museum operated in the museum space until 1981 when it was transformed into the Military Branch of the State Museum. The War Memorial was designed in the Greek Doric order by architect Edward Dougherty, affiliated with the New York firm of McKim, Mead and White. The building has an atrium as its focal point with the names of the 3,400 Tennesseans who gave their lives in the Great War engraved into the west and north walls. A striking statue entitled "Victory" by Nashville sculptor Belle Kinney stands upon a granite pedestal, dominating the central atrium.
Veterans Plaza is a beautifully-landscaped hillside and lakeshore designed and built by the Veterans Recognition Foundation. Although recognizing all wars back to the Revolutionary War, it focuses primarily on modern warfare beginning with World War I through the current fight with ISIS and global terrorism. The hillside entry to the plaza is highlighted by the World War I monument, a beautiful bronzed eagle perched on a square base. Each face of the base is engraved with one of the common names by which World War I was known: “WWI”; “World War One”; “The Great War”; and “The War to End all Wars”.
The Buffalo Soldier Museum in Houston is dedicated to displaying and exploring the stories and contributions of African-American soldiers in the U.S. military. On November 10, 2018, this World War I centennial memorial to the Texas and Houston African-American soldiers who served in the Great War was unveiled, a long overdue tribute to the men and women who served in combat and labour to defend the freedoms abroad that they did not enjoy at home.
The Clarendon War Memorial has honored Arlington County's fallen service members since Veterans Day 1931, when it was dedicated to commemorate the 13 local men who died during the First World War. It now stands as a prominent memorial to the 394 Arlington service members who lost their lives in every conflict the U.S. has participated in from World War I through the present.
The Tuscania Memorial is a bronze relief sculpture that commemorates the rescue of more than 1,900 American soldiers on the night of February 5, 1918 by the British Royal Navy after their troopship, the Tuscania, was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the northern coast of Ireland. More than 2,100 Americans were aboard the Tuscania when it was torpedoed; altogether 215 Americans died, including 20 men from Wisconsin. The Tuscania Memorial was designed by local sculptor Homer Daehn. Every effort was made to capture the drama and historical authenticity of the rescue operation as it actually happened. The memorial was officially unveiled to the public on November 10, 2018.
LaCrosse's World War I Memorial, located in Veterans Freedom Park, was dedicated in October 2016. It is one of a series of war memorials in the park that honor our nation's veterans.
The U.S. federal government founded Nitro as a gunpowder manufacturing center to support the nation's efforts in fighting World War I. Today, the city works hard to honor and preserve that history and considers the community to be "A Living Memorial to World War I. The Nitro War Museum is home to many artifacts from the war and the creation of Nitro.
The Soldiers Memorial, better known as The Doughboy, is located in front of the Hampshire County Courthouse and has been recently restored in honor of the centennial of World War I. Approximately 490 men from Hampshire County served in World War I.
Lincoln Cemetery in Cook County, Il, was founded in 1911 and is noteworthy for the number of famous African-American Chicagoans buried there.
The Polk County Gold Star Monument, located in John Burke Memorial Park, is a fitting tribute to Iowa's World War I soldiers and includes a magnificent bronze relief created by noted sculptor Charles Henry Niehaus. It was designed in 1925 and dedicated in 1926. John H. Burke was born in 1896, enlisted in the army, and served in the Medical Unit of the 168th Infantry (42nd Division). He was hit by shrapnel in a charge on on October 14, 1918 and died on November 9, two days before the end of the war.
Known colloquially as the Todd Memorial, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial honors the Delawareans who perished in World War I; the extant 1925 commemorative program acknowledging the tribute: "In memory of the men and women who gave their lives for Liberty and Universal Peace". The Memorial was restored to coincide with the centennial of the Great War and was rededicated in 2018. In 1925 shipbuilder William H. Todd provided $100,000 to create the memorial; it was designed by sculptor H. Augustus Lukeman and consists of a granite obelisk and a triumphant Victory figure.
The USS Tampa was torpedoed by the Germans and sunk on September 26, 1918 in Bristol Channel, England. All 131 on board perished, including 24 from the Tampa area.