Across the nation in the years after World War One, state and local parks were named in honor of Americans who made significant contributions to the war effort. Many of these parks have statuary and other memorials related to World War One. To add a park to this page, send an email to the webmaster with the relevant information. (See disclaimer.)
Riverfront Park is home to several monuments honoring servicemembers of Lincoln County. The centerpiece of the memorial area is a granite monument on a foundation of donated bricks. Each side of the monument is inscribed with the founding date and Latin motto of each branch of the US Armed Forces, such as the featured photo's "Haec Protegimus" ("This We'll Defend") for the Army. The monument is also topped with a life-size bronze sculpture created by a local artist and designed to represent the memorial's motto: "Continue the Fight, Leave No One Behind."
This park is home to memorials for those who lost their lives in WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and the 9/11 attacks. Additionally, the park features a wooden chainsaw-carved sculpture depicting a bald eagle with a servicemember's rifle, helmet, and boots. The sculpture, titled "The Soldier's Cross," is dedicated to "all those who have served and sacrificed."
This park contains memorials for all wars starting with WW1. Pictured above is the new WW1 memorial wall. The old WW1 memorial marker is currently undergoing repair; once repairs are complete, the new header sign will look like the Korean War header pictured in the gallery below. A POW/MIA memorial stands at the entrance to the memorial section of the park.
This white marble monument, erected by the Girls' Military Squad of Minot , is believed to be the first permanent memorial in the nation to recognize local soldiers who died during The Great War.
The memorial was dedicated on 30 May 1918, in Riverside Park, now Roosevelt Park. It was moved to Rosehill Cemetery due to flooding. The date of the move is uncertain; cemetery and park officials are researching to locate that date, known to be before 1962, and welcome any information the public might have.
The base of the monument is inscribed on all four sides. On the north side is engraved, “Erected by the Girls Military Squad, Minot, ND, May 30, 1918.” Other inscriptions read, “All For Our Country,” “In Memory of Minot’s Heroes Who Have Sacrificed Their Lives In The World’s Great Struggle for Universal Democracy,” and “That Government of, by, and for the People Might Not Perish From the Earth.”
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This war memorial, the largest in Broken Arrow's Veteran's Park, honors American women's contributions on the battlefield and the homefront from the Revolution to the present day. Pictured in the monument's WW1 section are ordinance workers, American Red Cross workers, "farmerettes" with tractors, and women making flags.
Commemorating the 106 local service members killed in action (KIA) during World War I. This memorial is part of a larger Veterans Memorial Park and Museum honoring local service members from the Seminole War (~1817-1858) to the present day.
The Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, located in front of the Arizona state capitol, is home to 30 memorials commemorating important people, events, and symbols throughout Arizonian and/or American history. Memorial #9 is dedicated to Arizonians who fought in the First World War.
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The first memorial constructed in Salt Lake City's Memory Grove Park, The Pagoda honors Utahns who gave their lives for their country during World War I. Built in a classic style in the 1920s, the Pagoda has eight columns supporting a circular crest or entablature (all but the roof). The marble used in its construction was from the same source used in the construction of the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D.C. In 1932 a central octagonal column and urn were added bearing the names of fallen Utahns. Originally created as a city park in 1902, Memory Grove Park was dedicated in 1924 as a memorial for America's soldiers and contains several other monuments in addition to The Pagoda. On August 11, 1999 a tornado passed through Memory Grove Park resulting in the destruction of over 400 old trees. No monuments were damaged.
In Veterans Memorial Park, a memorial wall lists the names of fallen servicemembers from World War 1 to the present day. A bronze statue called "Battlefield Cross" stands in front of the wall, and can be seen in the picture gallery. It depicts a servicemember's helmet, rifle, and boots.
The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 283 in Pacific Palisades, CA worked to restore The World War I Memorial Plaque originally placed at the Santa Monica Memorial Open Air Theater in 1921. Along with the WWII memorial plaque that was added in 1946, the WWI plaque was cleaned and its surface restored. Both plaques had their mountings replaced with corrosion-controlling bolts and their mounting wall surfaces stabilized. A rededication ceremony was held on July 3, 2017 when the restored plaques were gifted back to the Santa Monica Unified School District. The ceremony was attended by local veteran groups, high school students, and descendants of several of those memorialized.