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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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120 Vickery St
36264 Heflin
AL
USA
301 W. Main St.
72543 Heber Springs
AR
USA
No additional information at this time.
  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: The Wanderer
105 Sikes Hall
29631 Clemson
SC
USA

The inscription on this memorial reads: 

In Proud Remembrance of
Those Sons of
Clemson College
Who Gave Their Lives in the Great Cause

1917 - Of Liberty and Justice - 1918

Claude S. Garrett '17 1st Lt. 8th Aero Sq.
Richard H. Johnson '15 1st Lt. 56th Inf.
George L. McCord '11 1st Ly. 325th Inf.
John M. McIntosh '14 1st Lt. 357th Inf.
Stephen M. Richards '15 1st Lt. 87th Inf.
Augustus M. Trotter '15 1st Lt. 7th Inf.
Harry C. Horton EX,'19 2nd Lt. 11th Inf.
David E. Monroe '17 2d Lt. 16th Inf.
John B. Ryan '08 2nd Lt. 422nd Lab Bn.
Ozbourne T. Sanders '11 2nd Lt. Field Art.
Henry L. Suggs '16 2nd Lt. 85th Aero Sq.
Herbert F. Bethea '10 Sgt. M.P.
William G. Williams EX,'15 Sgt. 308th San. Tn.
John W. Hollowell EX.'17 Cpl. 117th Eng.
Henry A. Coleman EX.'14 Pvt. 1st Cl. 306th F.S.Bn.
James N. Goldsmith SP.'14 Pvt. 1st Cl. M.G.T.S.
George W. Hairston EX.'13 Pvt. 1st Cl. Q.M.C.
Frank P. Salter '14 Pvt. 1st Cl. Air Services
Robert L. Atkinson '19 Pvt. S.A.T.C.
Edward R. Roberts Ex.'17 Pvt. 105th Am. Tn.
John A. Simpson '15 Pvt Field Art.
Guy B. Taylor Ex.'15 Lt. Med. Corps, Navy
Arthur A. Madden '18 Mach. Mate, Navy
Frank S. Stewart Ex.'21 Seaman, Navy

20 E Magnolia St, Rison, AR 71665
71665 Rison
AR
USA
No additional information at this time.
  • American Legion post
20 Magnolia St.
71665 Rison
AR
USA
Courthouse in Cleveland County, Arkansas.
  • Photos courtesy of Brooklyn Reese
Clinch County Courthouse - 22 Court Square
31634 Homerville
GA
USA

Description:  Granite monument in the shape of the county, commemorating the service of those from this area. 

Inscriptions:  “In memory and honor of the men and women of Clinch County who defended our freedom through military service.”

 

A white marble monument for WW2 service is included in this gallery.

46041 Frankfort
IN
USA
  • Standing figure (over life size) with integral plinth, on pedestal
  • Gorham
  • Burt W. Johnson
  • Single figure -- soldier
  • Clinton District Memorial Association
  • Dedication Date: November 11,1929
  • November 11, 1929
  • Depth: 4'8
  • Width: 4'8
De Witt Clinton Park
10019 New York
NY
USA

Pedestal front: 
FROM 'FLANDERS FIELDS' / IF YE BREAK FAITH / WITH THOSE WHO DIED / WE SHALL NOT SLEEP / THOUGH POPPIES GROW / ON FLANDERS FIELDS /

Pedestal rear: 
DEDICATED / NOVEMBER 11, 1929 / BY COMRADES AND FRIENDS / UNDER THE AUSPICES OF / CLINTON DISRTICT MONUMENT / ASSOCIATION AS A MEMORIAL / TO THE YOUNG FOLK OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD / WHO GAVE THEIR ALL IN THE WORLD WAR /

Architect: Harvey W.Corbett

  • Group of three figures (heroic scale), integral plinth, on pedestal
  • Capital Products Inc., Long Island City
  • Norman M. Thomas
  • Single figure -- soldier
  • United States Coast Guard
  • Dedication Date: May 30, 1955
  • May 30, 1955
  • Other Measurements: Pedestal H:5'8
Battery Park
New York
NY
USA

Integral plinth: [signed] NORMAN M. THOMAS 1947 /

Pedestal: IN MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN / OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD / WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY / IN WORLD WAR II A.D. 1941-1945 /

  • Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch
  • Dedication Date: 2002

The City of Smyrna Veterans Memorial Park is a expansive area with large, inscribed granite walls anchoring one end of the park.  The portion of the inscription dedicated to WW1 lists seventeen names.  These are included in the Memorial Database located elsewhere on this website.  The inscription above the names reads:  “To Secure the Blessings of Liberty - Those Who Died in Service to Their Country.”

Veterans Memorial Park, 661 E Davis St
36323 Elba
AL
USA
Frank Duffy Memorial Bridge and Park
18510 Scranton
PA
USA

Col Frank Duffy Memorial Bridge and Park

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

100c 100m wwi centennial plaque Col. Frank Duffy was the highest ranking officer from Scranton to be killed in action during World War I.  In November 2018, to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day 1918, the new Frank Duffy Memorial Park was dedicated, including a Viquesney "Spirit of the American Doughboy" statue and 11 trees which are symbolic of the Great War ending on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.  Since its unveiling on Memorial Day 1940, the statue had previously been standing at the foot of the nearby Col. Frank Duffy Memorial Bridge. Frank Joseph Duffy was born in Scranton in 1884.  After working as an electrical engineer for several years, he became a doughboy after America joined the war in 1917.  He was quickly promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, second in command of the 103rd Engineers (which still exists today as a unit of the Pennsylvania National Guard).  He was killed in August 1918 on a scouting expedition, just three months before the end of the war

290 Greenwich Ave
06830 Greenwich
CT
USA
  • Col. R.C. Bolling Memorial

Greenwich Board of Education. 290 Greenwich Ave., Green­wich, Town of Greenwich, Department of Public Works, Build­ing Construction and Maintenance Division, 101 Field Point Rd., Town Hall, Greenwich, CT 06830; (203) 531-7139; Outdoors. Free.

This is a bronze standing figure of Col. Raynal C. Bolling, an aviator in the American Expeditionary Force of WWI. The figure wears a WW1 uniform and holds a cane in his right hand. Behind is a steel relief of two airplanes flying among clouds, Greenwich resident Boiling is credited with laying the foundation for the U.S. aer­ial warfare program in France, and died near Amiens on March 26, 1918. He was the first high-ranking American to die in France.

201 N Main St
35674 Tuscumbia
AL
USA
  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Memorial Hunter: David Curott
W 3rd & N Main
35674 Tuscumbia
AL
USA

This memorial is in front of the county court house in honor of the town's 19 who died in WW1.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Kate
301 E. High St.
65101 Jefferson City
MO
USA

This bronze plaque and stone memorial, topped with a bronze eagle, stands as a memorial to Cole County WWI veterans. It includes a list of those who died during their service, one of which was a Red Cross worker. 

The memorial stands on the corner of the lawn of the Cole County Courthouse.

  • Single figure -- soldier
450 E Railway St, Coleman, MI 48618
48618 Coleman
MI
USA

Coleman Veterans Memorial

     In May of 2007 the Zylman Family lost their son Casey in Iraq. They wanted to do something to honor Casey’s memory. Randy Zylman served with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam, and Casey also served with the 25th Infantry as a Calvary Scout during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After much thought it was decided that they wanted to honor the Coleman Community and all Area Veterans with something bigger. The Coleman Veterans Memorial Committee was founded.

There are 3 walkways leading into the center of the court yard. It represents the service men and women who answered the call to duty, coming together from all directions, walks of life, and their own personal reasons to serve our nation and become America's defenders.

 The outer circle represents how the individual services circle together to protect our country and how we are unified as one nation and as brothers and sisters. All 5 service flags representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard are on the perimeter of the circle.

   "Bricks of Honor" are within the inner walkway. The personalized bricks of those who served our nation, it consists of Coleman community members, Midland County, Isabella County and people all over our country who purchased a brick to honor their loved one or friends who served.

 The Center

   The remaining statues will be a shade of white. This represents the spirits of those who gave their lives in those wars. It also represents their motives were pure when they served. The 3rd Soldiers Statue is from Vietnam Era. His hand is reaching out the shoulder to offer strength. The 4th is from Korea and the 5th is from WWII and our last statue is from WWI to complete our memorial. They are all filing into the court yard to honor and console a brother.

 

We came into service as individuals, we left as brothers and sisters, 
As family, who fought and died for each other. 
So come and visit our memorial! Join us and be a part of something special in our community, help us educate the young members of our community. 


There are 2 other war memorials in the front of the court yard placed on either side of the American Flag. These are the 2 original Veterans Memorials from the VFW memorial. They were moved here from their original resting place to be a part of this special Memorial. Our Nations Flag is centered on the memorials. The POW/MIA Flag is seated to its left and the State of Michigan flag is on the right.

 The Statues are facing away from you as you walk into this memorial so that when you visit our beautiful memorial, you will be walking into the court yard along with the soldiers, taking in all the names of those who served, to those who paid the Ultimate Sacrifice, to pay tribute, honor and reflect with them. This memorial is an educational tool to show what the cost we have paid to be a free nation.

We came into service as individuals, we left as brothers and sisters, 
As family, who fought and died for each other. 
So come and visit our memorial! Join us and be a part of something special in our community, help us educate the young members of our community. 


  


"United by Sacrifice" 
That is the meaning of our memorial. The original stands at the legendary Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, home of the 25th Infantry Division. They have allowed us to share their memorial from across the Pacific! 


Honoring those who served, Dedicated to those who sacrificed!

  • Stele with plaque
  • Other
  • American Legion
  • Dedication Date: 1930
  • 1930
  • Other Measurements: Plaque H:22.5
  • Depth: 20
  • Width: 31
Mall Eighteen
11356
NY
USA

In memoriam to the men of College Point who made the supreme sacrifice during the World War, April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918: Oscar Ammann --- Albert W. Frey --- August Biegler --- Christian Geidel ---August Breisacher --- Charles O. Mahler --- Benjamin Blue --- Thomas Mc Cormack --- Rudolph Brugger --- William J. Mohrmann --- William Buerger --- Louis Schmidt --- John H. Embree --- Emil Schwab --- John B. Endres --- Edward Stack --- Thomas Fagan --- Alfred Stengel

Southbridge St.
01610 Worcester
MA
USA

First dedicated on November 12. 1944, this is a large stone wall with a Plexiglass-covered wood panel containing inscription plaques. On its top is a circular relief of a shield under a spread-winged eagle. It was moved about 100 feet north and rededicated on June 8, 1969. After a restoration project, it was once again rededicated on No­vember 13,1983.

lt initially honored the boys and girls of Malvern Road School who served in WWI. A later plaque is a tribute to the men and women of South Worcester who served during the Korean and Viet­nam Wars.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Memorial Hunter: Norm Hunsberger Jr.
  • AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY OF THE BRYON S. FEGLEY POST NO. 119
  • Dedication Date: 11 NOV 1932
W 5th Avenue & Park Avenue
19426 Collegeville
PA
USA

This memorial consists of a boulder with attached plaque honoring the service members from the community who fought in WWI.

IN HONOR OF THE BOYS OF COLLEGEVILLE AND VICINITY WHO SERVED THE AMERICAN COLORS IN THE WORLD WAR 1917 - 1919

FOR LIBERTY AND HUMANITY IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES

PRESENTED BY AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY OF THE BRYON S. FEGLEY POST NO. 119

NOV. 11, 1932