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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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  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Memorial Hunter: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
523 S 3rd St
98055 Renton
WA
USA

This plaque is inscribed with the names of "the boys of the city of Renton who served in the World War" as well as the Bible verse John 15:13: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." A star next to a name signifies "Died In Service," meaning the servicemember was killed in action, died of wounds, died of disease, or died in an accident. The memorial is located in Veterans Memorial Park, south of the Renton History Museum.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3500
63117 Richmond Heights
MO
USA

IN HONOR AND MEMORY
OF THOSE WHO SERVED
           DURING THE
WORLD WAR, 1914 - 1918

Followed by the names of the 70 soldiers, sailors and marines from Richmond Heights who served in
the World War six of them who Died In Service are noted at the top of the list with a star preceding their name.

DEDICATED MAY 30, 1923
               BY THE
CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF
    RICHMOND HEIGHTS

 

In recognition of those who served in World War 2 and The Korean War with special emphasis to those “…WHO GAVE THEIR LAST FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION FOR THEIR COUNTY”, an additional plaque was added and dedicated on May 30, 1954. It however does not list the names of those soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen.

 

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
500 4th Ave #430
98104 Seattle
WA
USA

Dedicated in 1931
Restored and Rededicated 4-6-2017
500 Block of Fourth Avenue Employee Entrance Niche

This bronze Honor Roll contains the names of all city employees who served in The World War.
Names of service members lost in The Great War are precede by a Star.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
104 Tumwater Drive
97045 Oregon City
OR
USA

Veterans Memorial Building
Clackamas County
In Memory Of All Who Gave Their Lives For
The Preservation Of American Freedom
Spanish American War - World War 1 - World War 2
Erected Under the Direction Of
Waldo Caufield Post No. 1324
Veterans Of Foreign Wars Of The United States
1949

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1324 was chartered in 1925 in Oregon City,
Oregon and has been at the current location since 1949 when we built and
dedicated the Clackamas County Veterans Memorial Building, our Post home.
We are a VFW Post with active members who served in WWII, Korea, Viet Nam,
Iraq, and Afghanistan. We are involved in our community from West Linn and
Gladstone to Clackamas and Happy Valley, and of course Oregon City.

Wilson Blvd, Clarendon Blvd, Washington Blvd
22201 Arlington
VA
USA

Clarendon War Memorial

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

100c 100m wwi centennial plaque 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.

47130 Jeffersonville
IN
USA
47129 Clarksville
IN
USA
  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
Fort Vancouver Barracks Park
98661 Vancouver
WA
USA

Dedicated In Memory of Those Who Died In
Defense Of Our Country - Lest We Forget
Dedicated: November 11, 1998
 
The original memorial located at the Clark County Courthouse was built in 1945. In the early
1990’s it was discovered that names were missing from that memorial. Because of the
smaller size, age and handicap in-accessibility of the original memorial it was thought a new
memorial might be in order. Upon a request from Clark County officials, the 40 et 8 formed
The Clark County Veterans Memorial Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Chuck Jones and
Coleah I. Penley-Ayers. Meeting monthly, committee members worked for five years uncovering
more missing names, designing, planning and fundraising. Primarily the memorial was funded
by individual donations from within the community.

Clark Municipal Building, 430 Westfield Ave.
07066 Clark
NJ
USA

Attached to a stone marker is a bronze plaque dedicated to vet­erans. Beneath it is a marble inset engraved with the names of the wars -  WWI, WWII, and the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars.

  • Photos courtesy of Tom Jackson and Lamar Veatch
  • Dedication Date: May 30, 1925
Clarke Co. - Athens - Oconee Hill Monument
30605 Athens
GA
USA

The historic cemetery on the National Register of Historic Places includes numerous monuments of the World War I era, including a World War I memorial erected in 1925.

The main WWI monument is a large rough-hewn granite stone with a brass memorial plaque. Sixteen names are inscribed.

Monument Inscription: “That the memory of the men of Clarke County who gave their lives in the World War in defense of their country and to perpetuate its ideals shall live as an inspiration to courage and patriotism. 1914 - 1918. Erected by the Auxiliary of the Allen R. Fleming Post 20, American Legion, Athens Georgia, May 30, 1925”

  • Dedication Date: 1998
350 Commerce St
36545 Jackson
AL
USA
Erected by the citizens of Clarke County.
  • Dedication Date: 1924
Clarke County Courthouse Square
36451 Grove Hill
AL
USA

Monument dedicated to the servicemen from Clarke County who lost their lives during World War I. In 2002, a new honor roll tablet was added to replace the previous one that separated the service men based on race. The memorial is a contributing structure to the Grove Hill Courthouse Square Historic District.

  • Bas-relief plaque with female figure (life size) surrounded by quotations; plaque is surmounted by an eagle with spread wings, on stele
  • James S. J. Novelli
  • Other
  • Dedication Date: 1928
  • 1928
  • Other Measurements: Plaque H:6'10
  • Depth: 1'8
  • Width: 4'
Underhill Ave
10473 Bronx
NY
USA

Plaque - top:
DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO MADE THE SU- / PREME SACRIFICE AND TO ALL OTHERS / FROM CLASON POINT WHO ENTERED THE / SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WAR / NEW YORK CITY / A.D. 1928 /

Plaque - bottom left:
LET US RAISE / A STANDARD TO WHICH / THE WISE AND HON- / EST CAN REPAIR THE / EVENT IS IN THE HANDS / OF GOD. / WASHINGTON / THAT GOVERNMENT / OF THE PEOPLE BY THE / PEOPLE AND FOR THE / PEOPLE SHALL NOT PER- / ISH FROM THE EARTH / LINCOLN / 

Plaque - bottom right:
NO IMPERIAL / DESIGNS LURK / IN THE AMERICAN / MIND THEY ARE / ALIEN TO AMERI - / CAN SENTIMENT / THOUGHT AND PURPOSE. / MCKINLEY / THAT THE WORLD / MAY BE MADE / SAFE FOR DEMOC- / RACY. / WILSON / 

Granite:
1917 --- 1918

700 S Silver Ave
88030 Deming
NM
USA

This monument, dedicated on September 12, 1921, consists of a concrete and granite base on which is mounted a bronze plaque and small porcelain photo.  It was erected in honor of Claude Close Howard (1896-1918), the only man from Deming, NM killed in World War I. Funds were raised by public subscription, with a limit of one dollar per person."  The monument stands in front of the Luna County Courthouse. 

The plaque reads:

IN MEMORY OF
CLAUDE CLOSE HOWARD
M.G.Co. 356th INFANTRY
BORN MARCH 4, 1896
KILLED IN ACTION SEPTEMBER 24, 1918
IN ST. MIHIEL SECTOR, FRANCE
~
THIS TABLET ERECTED
BY HIS MANY FRIENDS

25 Court Sq
36251 Ashland
AL
USA
800 West Second St
72422 Corning
AR
USA
No additional information at this time.
  • American Legion post
  • Dedication Date: 1945
47834 Brazil
IN
USA

This building houses all Clay County Memorial Plaques since World War I.

Broad Street and East Street
39773 West Point
MS
USA

Front inscription:
Erected 1927 by Horse-Shoe Robertson Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution in tender memory of Clay County World War Veterans.

West Point Army Officers:
Navy - Marine
[List of names]


Clay County Army Officers:
[List of names]
Navy

Supreme sacrifice men of West Point and Clay County:
[List of names]


Left side:
The Horse Shoe Robertson Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution wish to go on record as deeply grateful to the World War veterans for service rendered.

[List of chapter member names]

Rear inscription:
West Point, Miss. & Clay County
Army, Navy & Marines
[List of names]


Right side:
Clay County Army, Navy & Marines
[continuation of names]

Main, Monroe, and Railroad Sts.
88415 Clayton
NM
USA

The memorial is a white three-sided structure with a flat top, on which is mounted a sundial. It all sits atop a low three-sided con­crete base with rounded corners, lt honors the men from Union County who died in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. It was designed by the Clayton Garden Club and was dedicated on Veterans' Day, 1953. Later plaques were added in 1984.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
150 Michigan Street
83544 Orofino
ID
USA

A row of beautiful trees line the sidewalk leading to the Courthouse.
Each tree has a dedication plaque in memory of one lost soldier.
This is a very modest memorial to sons of Clearwater County Killed In Action in “The World War”. The memorial is so modest that local Veterans Service Organization were not aware of it.
When I called to make them aware of this poignant memorial they thanked me profusely for bringing it to their attention.
— R. Shay, Volunteer Monument Hunter, United States World War 1 Centennial Commission