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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.

100 Cities - 100 Memorials

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318 S Court St
35630 Florence
AL
USA
  • Wilkinson and Crans, artist; Robert Merrell Gage, sculptor
  • Fountain
  • Dedication Date: 1921
  • Width: 18-1/2
Budd Park Esplanade & Van Brunt Boulevard
64123 Kansas City
MO
USA

One side of the granite obelisk lists the local American Legion posts and the other bears a quotation from Teddy Roosevelt: "All daring and courage, all iron, endurance or misfortune, all devotion to the ideal of honor and glory of the flag makes for a finer and nobler type of humanhood."

The pipes supplying the spigots on each side of the shaft burst during the first winter in Kansas City and were permanently turned off. In 1958, when the city began a downtown redevelopment project, this fountain was moved to the intersection of Van Brunt Boulevard and Budd Park Esplanade. The pedestal fountain consists of a circular base, saucer receptacle and a rectangular shaft which rises to a height of six feet. Four eagles are carved into the corners at the summit.

Two bronze plaques illustrate soldiers on one side of the memorial, and sailors on the other. The artist, Robert Merrell Gage, from Topeka, Kansas, became Professor of Sculpture at the University of Southern California.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
State Highway 6, East of Ponderosa Street
83855 Potlatch
ID
USA

Dedication Plaque:
IN REMEMBRANCE
ROBINSON POST No. 81
AMERICAN LEGION - 1959

Also on the Memorial Monument are name plaques of Potlatch veterans and
casualties of war including the Post’s namesake C.J Robinson, U.S. Army,
1895 to 1918. On both sides are concrete bases which most like held some
type of machine gun or motor unit, which are both missing. The cemetery &
Memorial Monument are directly across State Highway 6 from the historic
Post Home, a log building with a dedication Plaque inset in the stone chimney.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Mark Matz
60053 Morton Grove
IL
USA

WWI Field Artillery Piece on the grounds of Morton Grove's American Legion Civic Center

 

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Aaron Lefkowitz & Zachary Andrews
1420 Union Avenue
12550 Newburgh
NY
USA

"Fabbys" refers to employees of the Newburgh Fabrikoid Factory, which produced artificial leather and later bought out by DuPont.

Stonycreek Township Recreation Park
15560 Shanksville
PA
USA

American Legion Post 911 World War I Memorial

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

100c 100m wwi centennial plaqueThe 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.

1608 K St NW
20005 Washington
DC
USA

This 13-foot tall sculpture of Indiana limestone is of a standing male having elements of both a World War I Doughboy and a World War II GI. He wears battle fatigues with an unbuttoned shirt, dog tags, pants tucked into his boots, and a helmet.  His rifle is slung over his right shoulder and in his left hand he holds a grenade. Under his left foot is a snake, representing the enemy. This memorial was carved in 90 days by Frank Bowden at the studio of Adolph G. Wolter, and was dedicated on August 14, 1951. Its model was Lt. Hulon P. Whittington, who received the Congressional medal of Honor for his service in World War II.  

726 N. Front St.
17043 Wormsleyburg
PA
USA

The inscription on this memorial, dedicated in 1979, reads:

In memory of
the Veterans
of World War I
who founded the
American Legion

At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker, including a World War II Memorial and Women of the Armed Forces. 

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
211 West Pioneer Ave.
98563 Montesano
WA
USA

It is noted, that this classic Memorial Monument featuring a three rifle stack, with
helmets and bayonets on the top was originally created using real helmets and rifles.

  • Plaque on base
  • A. Ottavino Corp
  • Plaque or tablet
  • William H. Todd
  • Dedication Date: October 8, 1991
  • October 8, 1991
  • Width: 2'
Battery Park
New York
NY
USA

AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINERS' MEMORIAL / DEDICATED TO ALL MERCHANT MARINERS WHO HAVE SERVED AMERICA FROM THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR THROUGH THE PRESENT DAY. / IN THE PROSECUTION OF WAR AND IN PURSUIT OF PEACEFUL COMMERCE, UNRECOGNIZED THOUSANDS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES AT SEA. / THEIR SACRIFICES HAVE HELPED SECURE AMERICA'S LIBERTY AND PROSPERITY. / THE SCULPTURE WAS INSPIRED BY A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE VICTIMS OF A SUBMARINE ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN MERCHANT SHIP / DURING WORLD WAR II. LEFT TO THE PERILS OF THE SEA, THE SURVIVORS LATER PERISHED. / THIS MEMORIAL SERVES AS A MARKER FOR / AMERICA'S MERCHANT MARINERS RESTING IN THE UNMARKED OCEAN DEPTHS / IN RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION / U.S. SENATOR JOHN O. BREAUX / U.S. REPRESENTATIVE WALTER B. JONES --- U.S. REPRESENTATIVE HELEN DELICH BENTLEY / U.S. MARITIME ADMINISTRATOR CAPTAIN WARREN G. LEBACK / AMERICA'S MARITIME LABOR --- AMERICA'S MERCHANT MARINERS --- AMERICA'S MARITIME INDUSTRY / BATTERY PARK CITY AUTHORITY / AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINERS' MEMORIAL INCORPORATED / LANE KIRKLAND, CHAIRMAN --- REAR ADMIRAL THOMAS A. KING, USMS (RET), PRESIDENT --- BOARD OF DIRECTORS & MEMBERS / GOVERNOR MARIO M. CUOMO, STATE OF NEW YORK --- MAYOR DAVID N. DINKINS, CITY OF NEW YORK

Veterans Park, 13th St. W and Ply Dr.
59102 Billings
MT
USA

This is a bronze sculpture of an eagle, about 10 X 7 feet, with wings spread in a vertical direction. It is mounted on a pyramidal con­crete base. It was sculpted by Lyle E. Johnson, who gave it to the city in honor of the veterans of all wars. It was dedicated on May 30,1992.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
1798 Wall St.
98201 Everett
WA
USA

American War Mothers Chapter 3

WW1 Memorial Flag Pole

Located at the Snohomish County Administration Building Plaza

 

 

There are several other War Memorials and Monuments at this site including a very large sculpture, 

which can be seen on the right side of the gallery picture.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Matt Borders
521 Ellrose Court
21703 Frederick
MD
USA
Small block memorial describing the memorial tree as planted in remembrance of those men who served from 1917-1918.
  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
100 Auditorium Circle
78205 San Antonio
TX
USA

At the right-hand corner (when facing it) of the Tobin Center is a WW1 Memorial that is practically hidden among the landscaping and shrubs of the auditorium. It is near the intersection of Auditorium Circle and Jefferson Street. It is a white marble monument about six feet tall with a prayerful woman (a mother) surrounded on her right side with several "doughboys" wearing World War I field uniforms, helmets and carrying their rifles with fixed bayonets. The inscription under this massive carving reads: “Honoring The Mothers Whose Sons Fought In The World War - Erected by San Antonio Chapter No. 2 - 1938”. 

The American War Mothers was founded in 1917 and was incorporated by an Act of Congress February 24, 1925. The AWM are a perpetual patriotic, 501(c) 4 non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian, non-partisan organization whose members are Mothers of children who have served or are serving in the Armed Services during a time of conflict.

This often unknown or overlooked organization of mothers has had an impact on our nation and on the welfare of our Armed Service members. This is a worthy war memorial for those from WWI on up to the present.

Triangle of Church, School, and Middle Sts.
03031 Amherst
NH
USA

This is a full-length bronze figure of a Civil War soldier wear­ing an overcoat and cap. He holds a rifle, has a field bag on his right hip, and has a sword hanging on his left. Beneath him is a rectangu­lar stepped granite base. It was sculpted by Martin Milmore and was installed on December 9, 1871. It was formally dedicated on June 19, 1890, in memory of the citizen soldiers of Amherst.

It was rededicated on July 4,1985, with plaques listing veterans of the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

West End Memorial Park, W. Main St.
12010 Amsterdam
NY
USA

This is a life size bronze statue of a WWI infantryman whose right hand clasps the strap of a rifle which hangs at his side. His left hand rests at the top of a saber which hangs from his artillery belt. He wears a brimmed hat, leggings, and rolled-up shirtsleeves. On the granite exedra base is a relief of a wreath flanked by images of flames and ea­gles' heads. It was sculpted by David Cunningham Lithgow and ded­icated tin November 29, 1925, as a tribute to the 10 veterans of WWI. A "Big Bertha" cannon had sat in front of the sculpture, but it was used for salvage during WWII.

1122 Sunrise Beach Rd
21032 Crownsville
MD
USA

Located  in the Maryland State Veterans Cemetery

100 E. 4th Ave.
66032 Garnett
KS
USA

This memorial, erected in 1934, honors all World War veterans from Anderson County. The inscription reads:

In memory

of our
World War

Veterans
from
Anderson Co.

46013 Anderson
IN
USA
  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
1017 7th Street @ Commercial Street
98221 Anacortes
WA
USA

Wallie Funk, Sr. & Charles Pinson
Seaman Pinson was the City of Anacortes last surviving WWI Veteran  

The streets are alive with colorful caricatures from the city’s past, many that tell a story showing old modes of transportation.

The brain-child of local historian and artist Bill Mitchell who, though wheelchair bound, has painted nearly 120 murals since 1984. Many are located in their proper locations, most in the old town area.

 

The correct name of Petty Officer Pinson’s ship is the USS Chebaulip (A Navy Supply Ship)

  • Chebaulip, USN 1918-1919 (ex American S.S. Chebaulip, 1918).

4839 Gross Tons, Length 380.0', Beam 53.75', Comm. 11 Jul 18, Decom. 9 May 19, ID # 3141
No image has been located of USS Chebaulip