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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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Ypsilanti WW1 Memorial

West Plaque:
In honor of our brave men who served in the World War and our devoted men and women who in hospital and in hut heartened and sustained our fighting forces and in memeory of those who served in the cause of humanity sealed their devotion with their lives

A roster of the names of these men and these women is preserved in the archives of the city hall

Erected by the Ypsilanti Patriotic Service League 1919

East Plaque:

In honor of our brave men of the 107th field signal batallion U.S.A. which brigaded with the 32nd division rendered distinguished service Chateau Theirry Soissons Fismes Juvigny and in the Argonne


and in memeory of those who served in the cause of humanity gave the full measure of devotion 

A roster of the names of these men and is preserved in the archives of the city hall

Erected by the Ypsilanti Patriotic Service League 1919

281 S. Gila St
85364 Yuma
AZ
USA

Yuma Armed Forces Park

100 Cities / 100 Memorials Awardee

100c 100m wwi centennial plaqueYuma's Armed Forces Memorial Park is located at the site of the old Yuma railroad depot. Created by local business owners, service organizations, the Chamber of Commerce and the community, the one-acre park has several walls with more than 2,600 black granite plaques honoring all past, present, and future Yuma-area veterans. The plaques are made of solid granite. Each is eight inches high, 16 inches wide and individually engraved with the person's name, rank, dates of service, and service emblem. There are currently 260 World War I veterans’ plaques in the Armed Forces Park. Additionally, the names of WWI soldiers are on a WWI statue at the nearby courthouse. The park also has polished granite tables etched with the service emblems of the various branches of the nation's armed services - Army, Navy, Marines, Merchant Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard. A table honors prisoners of war and those missing in action. Several benches allow visitors to sit down and meditate.

Muskingum County Courthouse
43701 Zanesville
OH
USA

This life-size metal statue depicts a WWI infantryman carrying a rifle and grenade through the barbed wire and stumps of No Man's Land. It was funded by contributions of people from Muskingum County and was installed in November of 1929.

  • Wall, higher central section has bas-relief of winged female warrior; two side sections incised with names; on a raised platform, steps; bannisters have medallions, eagle, proper left, star of David, proper right; plaque
  • Charles Cary Rumsey
  • Wall
  • Citizens Memorial Committee and others
  • Dedication Date: November 1, 1925
  • November 1, 1925
  • Depth: 3'10
  • Width: 20'8
Zion Triangle
11212
NY
USA

Plaque: To commemorate those who at the call of their country, left all that was dear, endured hardship, faced danger, and finally passed out of sight of men by the path of duty and sacrifice giving up their lives that others might live in freedom. Let those who come after see to it that their names not be forgotten. By the Citizens Memorial Committee and Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Committees of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Jewish Veterans of the Wars of the Republic comprising local boards 82 to 88.

Left: Harry Abramson --- Isidore Ashe --- Morris Bass --- Jacob Bergrin --- Isaac Berlin --- Bonche Boisa --- Jacob Borker --- Harry Britman --- Zelig Brooks --- Benjamin Chester --- Herman Cohen --- Charles C. Cohen --- Max Cohen --- Ralph Cohen --- Simon Cohen --- Harry Dattlebaum --- Otto Dietter --- David L. Doctor --- Isidore Dropkins --- Harry Feldberg --- Samuel Finkelstein --- James Fitzpatrick --- Christopher Ford --- Harry Forman --- Abraham Friedman --- Isreal Joseph Friedman --- Robert P. Friedman --- William Friedman --- Philip Goldstein --- Jacob Goodman --- James B. Graham --- Moses Gustamolsky --- Conrad Heitman --- Samuel C. Kaplan --- Harry Keller --- Louis Krinsky --- Morris Krupnick --- Isidore Kunofsky --- Joseph Krichevesky --- Frank Levine --- Jacob Levine --- George Levy --- John Levy --- Leo Levy --- Raymond A. McIver --- Isidore L. Mackler

Right: Edward Mintz --- Charles P. Morganthaler --- David Moskowitz --- Michael Moskowitz --- Samuel Packer --- David Paskoff --- Harry Ragovin --- Philip Rapaport --- Benjamin J. Reisen --- Daniel Rigrod --- Joseph M. / Robinson --- David Rochlin --- Sidney Rosenberg --- Joseph Rosenthal --- William Rykus --- Benjamin Saltman --- Fred S. Schmeeling --- Jack Schreck --- Samuel J. Shafran --- Abraham Shapiro --- Harry Siegel --- Henry Siegel --- Jack Siegel --- Charles Smith --- Nathan Solomon --- Samuel Solovei --- Nicholas Spinazola --- Charles J. Sullivan --- Frank X. Sullivan --- Joseph Swirsky --- Louis M. Swick --- Gustave W. Thomsen --- George M. Waithauer --- James D. Wanser --- Aaron Werther --- George Weyuker --- Louis Witover --- Morris Zimmerman --- Samuel Zuckerman

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
201 Riverside Drive
98815 Cashmere
WA
USA

Cashmere, Washington
“All gave some, Some gave all”
War Memorial

Dedicated to honoring local residents who made the  “Supreme Sacrifice” in all wars of the United States. Located at the 9/11 Spirit of America Memorial

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW, Post 3513 Commander Austin Deuel
  • Dedication Date: November 11, 2009
Scottsdale City Hall Mall
85251 Scottsdale
AZ
USA

This bronze statue of a Jewish Chaplain in World War I sits on top of a large stone base that also honors later wars. The statue is itself a memorial to World War I, listing on its wheel the number of American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Nurses who died,116,516 and the 204,092 who were wounded in that war.

As Military Chaplains serve all personnel in the command to which they are assigned, this sculpture depicts the Chaplain holding a New Testament while most likely officiating at a soldier's burial service.

This memorial was sculpted by Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW, Post 3513 Commander Austin Deuel.

Commissioned for the Scottsdale Public Art Program

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
205 N. 7th St.
62074 New Douglas
IL
USA

Erected by: The Tobias Bilyeu American Legion Post 710

Inscription:  

DEDICATED TO THE BOYS FROM THIS COMMUNITY
       WHO ANSWERED THEIR COUNTRY’S CALL
             IN THE WORLD WAR     1917 ♢ 1918

 There are two similar pictures of the monument here and when comparing both it appears that the older picture shows the monument at a different location in town. The school building behind it in the new photograph was built in 1905 and does not appear in the older photo. The dedication plaque which is placed on the ground in front of the monument in the old photo was not there when the new, color, photo was taken in August of 2018.

 

 

Inscription:
DEDICATED TO THE BOYS FROM THIS COMMUNITY
WHO ANSWERED THEIR COUNTRY’S CALL
IN THE WORLD WAR 1917 ♢ 1918

There are two similar pictures of the monument here and when comparing both
it appears that the older picture shows the monument at a different location in
town. The school building behind it in the new photograph was built in 1905
and does not appear in the older photo. The dedication plaque which is placed
on the ground in front of the monument in the old photo was not there when the
new, color, photo was taken in August of 2018.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
  • Dedication Date: 1921
Mendota Museum
61342 Mendota
IL
USA

This is the older of the two War Memorials on the Green in front of the Mendota Museum & Historical Society building. Erected by American Legion Mendota Post № 540 in 1921 to honor the memory of seven local soldiers “…WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN THE WORLD WAR 1917 ★★ 1918”. There are two plaques that are in remarkable condition at age 98, only missing 7 of the 14 decorative caps covering the bolts holding the plaques to the wall. Also the covered dark red brick community drinking fountain has been well taken care of by the community. The Memorial Monument sites directly behind the newer War Memorial Wall and 155mm Howitzer circa 1917 WW1 field artillery piece.