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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.

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  • 4 tree markers on recessed plinths
  • Plaque or tablet
67 Mulberry St
10013 New York
NY
USA

 

  • 1. THIS TREE IS DEDICATED TO / THE MEMORY OF / CORP. JEREMIAH P. FERETTE / CO. D. 106TH INFANTRY / WHO DIED IN THE WORLD WAR/1914-1918

    2. THIS TREE IS DEDICATED TO/THE MEMORY OF 1ST. SGT. LYMAN HOLDMAN/CO. H 369TH INFANTRY / WHO DIED IN THE WORLD WAR/1914-1918

    3. THIS TREE IS DEDICATED TO /
    THE MEMORY OF / 1ST. CL. PRIV. DAVID MILLER/BAT. F. 59TH COSTART. KILLED IN / ACTION 1918 / WHO DIED IN THE WORLD WAR / 1914-1918

    4. THIS TREE IS DEDICATED TO / THE MEMORY OF / CHARLES R. RICHARDSON / CO. H. 113TH INFANTRY / WHO DIED IN THE WORLD WAR/1914-1918
  • Frank Vittor
  • Column or pillar
  • Dedication Date: 1922
Grant Street and Second Avenue
Pittsburgh
PA
USA

The Boulevard of the Allies is a practical memorial to World War I, built by the city to commemorate the war and its heros while improving the connection between Downtown and Oakland. The gateway to the road is flanked by twin columns filled with patriotic symbols, including Liberty's head, eagles, and the eternal flame.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Memorial Hunter: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
6370 Kootenai St
83805 Bonners Ferry
ID
USA

This memorial park contains three monuments honoring the veterans and fallen servicemembers of Boundary County and one honoring the explorers who established the "first route of travel and trade across what is now the state of Idaho." The monuments honor veterans of all wars, including WW1. The park is located near the library, with its 100-foot flagpole making it hard to miss.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: thewanderer
04011 Brunswick
ME
USA

This gateway, in honor of Warren Robinson, Bowdoin class of 1910, was given by his wife. Robinson died in France while serving in WWI. This is one of two WWI memorials on the Bowdoin campus.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: thewanderer
04011 Brunswick
ME
USA

This large flagpole rests in an ornate bronze base, which sits atop a granite memorial. The monument is dedicated to the sons of Bowdoin who lost their lived in World War I, and the various sides of the granite monument are inscribed with an Honor Roll. The inscriptions are finished in gold paint. The monument is located on the main quad, directly in front of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Bowdoin College refurbished the monument in 2014, and added a much larger flag.

  • Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch
30624 Bowman
GA
USA
"Dedicated to the glory of God and all veterans of the Bowman community, more especially to these who have given their lives for our nation's cause."
  • Single figure -- soldier
  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Memorial Hunter: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
1 S Main St
84302 Brigham City
UT
USA

This memorial is dedicated to the servicemembers of Box Elder County "who sacrificed their lives in the cause of freedom and liberty in the great World Wars." The base of the soldier statue features three bronze plaques: one listing the names of the fallen in both World Wars, one listing the fallen from the conflicts since WW2, and one reading: Freedom Is Not Free: In Solemn Recognition Of The Sacrifices And Leadership Of The Men And Women Of Box Elder County Who Gave Their Lives To Preserve A Free Society, Built The Peace And Gave To Future Generations The Precious Gift Of Freedom.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Steven King / Leon Kingfish
401 Thayer St
68722 Butte
NE
USA

The memorial is located in front of the Boyd County NE Courthouse

  • Plaque or tablet
Melrose
MA
USA

Named in memory of PVT William C.N. Boylen CD.L 101st Infantry 26th DIV A.E.F. killed at vaux. Chateau thierry second battle of the marine July 20, 1918

First Melrose man with the American Forces killed in action in the World War

  • Daprato Statuary Company, fabricator
  • Single figure -- soldier
  • Dedication Date: 1925

Boys of St. Peters Parish WWI Monument

This monument lists the names of the boys of St. Peters parish in Mt. Clemens, MI. that served their country in The Great War from 1917-1918.

World War I was a global war which took place primarily in Europe from 1914 to 1918. Over 40 million casualties resulted, including approximately 20 million military and civilian deaths. Over 60 million European soldiers were mobilized from 1914 to 1918.

World War I Monument/Joan of Arc (sculpture)
Is described as Full-length figure of Joan of Arc dressed in armor and standing in contrapposto (weight-bearing leg, proper right). She gazes towards sky. Proper right hand grips the pole of a flag or banner; proper left rests on the upper edge of a shield which is balanced upright, tip resting on the ground, behind bent proper left leg. Shield emblazoned with upright sword, pommel down, and crown, flanked by fleurs-de-lis. Figure wears a sword, belted to hips and slung behind legs. Between the feet, a spiked war club lies on the ground.
The statue is made from zinc or lead with a granite base.
Statue: approx. 8 x 2 x 2 ft. Base: approx. 8 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 ft.

An inscription of Deprato Foundry Co. unsigned Founder's mark appears. Other than that there is a bronze plaque (SE Side) which reads;
This Monument erected to perpetuate the memory of the boys of St. Peter’s Parish. Mount Clemens, Mich who served their country in the world war 1917-1918
(then listed are 178 names, of which 5 died and 8 were wounded)

101 E Cedar St #8, Warren, AR 71671
71671 Warren
AR
USA
No additional information at this time.
  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: thewanderer
57217 Bradley
SD
USA

This memorial stands right in the center of Main Street in Bradley, South Dakota.

The concrete base is about 4 feet high with a flagpole attached.

The inscription reads as follows:

Our Honor Roll
Dedicated by the Citizens of Bradley and Surrounding Area to Those of Their Number Who Offered Their Lives in the Great War of Nations 1914 -1918 and In Memory of Those Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice. 

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: The Wanderer
Church St. and Plin St.
43406 Bradner
OH
USA

The inscription on this memorial reads:

In memory of those who served in World War I, Apr. 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918

  • Single figure -- soldier
  • Dedication Date: 1920

Branch County World War Monument

This is a plaque in a park dedicated to several war memorials. It honors those from Branch County, Michigan, who gave their lives in The World War for their country.There are several guns on display as well, demonstrating the various types of weaponry used throughout the years. One pair was dedicated in 1988, honoring those who served.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: thewanderer
26601 Sutton
WV
USA

This monument honors the men of Braxton County who served in the First World War.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: The Wanderer
1149 Main St.
41339 Jackson
KY
USA

Adjacent to the Courthouse, this memorial honors all Breathitt Countians who served or paid the supreme sacrifice during World War I.  During the war, Breathitt County attained national prominence by filling its quota of service men by volunteers. No men had to be drafted from Breathitt, the only county in the United States with this record.

The inscription reads:

World War I
April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918
Dedicated to all Breathitt Countians who served “over there” in the “war to end all wars”. To all those who supported the war effort in any fashion and in memory of the following who gave their lives to make the world safe for democracy.

Marion Adkins · George Baker · George Brewer · Charley Campbell · Jesse Carpenter · Jesse Centers · John Dale · Garfield Deaton · James Fugate · Wm W Gillum · Jarrett Grigsby · Willie Grigsby · Roscoe Gross · Charles B. Hall · Edward Cuerrant Hargis · Robert W. Hill · Joel Lee · Curtis Linden · South McIntosh · James Noble · Willie Oney · Moore Riley · Price Roark · Fred Smith · Ashford Watts · Samuel Wells · Pearl G. Wireman · Linden Wyatt

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: The Wanderer
208 South Main St.
40143 Hardinsburg
KY
USA

Erected in 1927 by the Breckinridge County Memorial Association, the inscription on this Honor Roll reads:

★ Honor Roll ★
In memory of the Breckinridge County
heroes of the World's War, 1914-1918

George W. Ahl • Johnie Brown • Corbett J. Burch • Walter V. Burnett • Claude E. Cundiff • Earl Curry • Roy Dowell • Henry H. Drane • Joseph Z. Dunn • Lonnie Durbin • James Durbin • William Eskridge • Henry Eskridge • Henry Byron Hall • H. Everette Haycraft • Charles Hanks • Lewis H. Herndon • Thomas Higdon • Henry W. Johnson • Verdie Johnson • Arthur W. Kannapel • James C. Lampton • Willie Lucas • Lennie A. Mattingly • Peter S. McCarty • Neil Moore • Roy E. Moorman • Delbert D. Morgan • Joseph E. Schindler • Clarence H. Tincher • James R. Willis • Fulton Whitworth

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
1500 13th Street
98337 Bremerton
WA
USA

Text on the central granite plaque reads as follows:

 

For Those Who Have Given

Life, Limb and Soul,

So We Might Enjoy

Our Freedom

 

Followed by Images of the Official Seals of U.S. Military Branches of Service:

Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard & Merchant Marine

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: thewanderer
05034 Bridgewater
VT
USA

WWI Honor Roll on the grounds of the former Bridgewater Village School, listing the names of the locals who served during the war.

Inscription:
In grateful recognition of the Valor and Devotion of
the young men of this Community
who served in the World War
for Liberty and Justice
1917 – 1919

SR 550 Fort Ritchie
21719 Highfield-Cascade
MD
USA

This small collection of military artifacts includes photo albums, uniforms, communications, equipment, and field artillery from WWI, WWII, the Seventh Signal Command, and the action in Grenada. There is also information regarding the historv of the fort itself.
It began as Camp Ritchie in 1926, a camp of the Maryland National Guard. During WWII, it was used for training by the Army's Military Intelligence Division, it was also used by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), training agents in the use of explosives and guns.