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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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Castle Rock War Memorialsloupe
141 “A” Street
Castle Rock
WA
USA 98611

There are two Granite Obelisks dedicated
to the memory of Castle Rock residents
who made The Supreme Sacrifice in the
wars of our Republic.

Inscription of WW1 Obelisk:
IN MEMORIAM
CHAS. S. CHISM
GEORGE EATON
ELMER O. LEONARD
THOMAS MARTIN
HARLAN MERRILL
RUDOLPH ROCKWELL
ALBERT W. ROSIN
RICHARD SUGARS
1917-WORLD WAR-1918

The second obelisk features the names of
Castle Rock residents lost in World War 2,
Korean War and the Vietnam War.

 
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Catawba County WWI Memorialloupe
Hickory
NC
USA 28601

Placed here in Memory of the Men from this community who participated in the World War

Rededicated by American Legion Post 48 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1957 to all veterans man and women of this area.

 
Cathlamet I.O.R.M. Memorial Plaqueloupe
Near 52 Forest Heights
Cathlamet
WA
USA 98612

This bronze plaque is dedicated to the fallen members of the Quillis tribe, a local chapter of the Improved Order of Red Men fraternal organization. It is located in a cemetery shelter at Greenwood Cemetery, next to a similar plaque honoring WWII servicemembers.

 
Catoosa Co. - Ringgold - World Wars Memorialloupe
7863 Nashville St.
Ringgold
GA
USA 30736
1950
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

Description:  Granite  memorial - Inscription:  “Dedicated to the memory of the men of Catoosa County, GA, who gave their lives and to all who served in World Wars I & II.  Erected 1950 by VFW Post No. 7675 of Ringgold, Georgia.”

This memorial contains the names of six soldiers from Catoosa County who died in WW1.  The backside of this memorial is dedicated to those that served in subsequent wars. 

 
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Causland Memorial Parkloupe
710 N Avenue
Anacortes
WA
USA 98221

Causland Memorial Park
Commissioned in 1919 & Completed 1921
Designed by John Baptiste
French Canadian Artist & Architect 

Named in honor of Harry Leon Causland, Private, Company I, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry DivisionNamed in honor of Harry Leon Causland, Private, Company I, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division“Killed In Action” in 1918, at the Battle of Bantheville Hill, Meuse-Argonne Offensive, France while volunteering to carry ammunition to his comrades.  Honored as one of General John J. “Blackjack” Pershing’s “One Hundred Mortals“, he was posthumously awarded America’s second highest medal for valor, The Distinguished Service Cross.

Bandstand Memorial Plaque is dedicated to the 14 service members from Hidalgo, Sinclair, Guemes, Decatur and Cypress Islands located in Washington State, who died in World War 1

 
Cayuga American Legion Veterans Memorialloupe
Cayuga
IN
USA 47928
May 30, 1996
 
Cecil County World War Doughboy Memorial, Elkton, MD loupe
101 Railroad Ave.
Elkton
MD
USA 21921
11/11/1921
sculptor unknown

A standing figure of a soldier dressed in his khakis and wearing his helmet. He holds a rifle in front of him with both hands. The base of the sculpture is a shaft flanked by large paneled slabs inscribed with the names of Cecil County men who died in World War I. At the bottom of the base is a row of three steps. At each end of the base, on the front corners, are tapered shafts topped by electric lamps. On the front of the base is a carved eagle.

 
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Cedar City WWI Memorialloupe
Cedar City
UT
USA 84720

Memorial to the Servicemen from Cedar City who fought during World War I.

 
Center Harbor Artillery Relief on Honor Rollloupe
Nichols Memorial Library, Plymouth and Main Sts. and Meredith Rd.
Center Harbor
NH
USA 03226

On a granite stele are three bronze plaques, a WWI artillery battery in action, emblems of three branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the military badges of the Army, Coast Guard, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy. It was originally installed in about 1920 to honor the Center Harbor citizens who fought in the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and WWI. It was expanded after WWII to include its veterans. In 1992, it was expanded again to honor the vet­erans of the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars.

 
Center Point Veterans Memorialloupe
335 Polly Reed Rd NE
Center Point
AL
USA 35215
May 29, 2010
 
Central Valley World War Honor Rollloupe
228 New York State Route 32
Woodbury
NY
USA 10917

"Dedicated to the Residents of Central Valley who Gave Their Services to the the Cause of Humanity"

 
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Century Towerloupe
Gainesville
FL
USA 32611
1953

Century Tower is one of the most identifiable features of the University of Florida campus. The dream of building a tower began in 1953, when alumni sought funds to construct a monument in memory of students killed in World War I and World War II. The tower also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the University of Florida in 1853. The fund drive resulted in the construction of the 157-foot-tall tower, completed in 1956.

 
Cerro Gordo CO WWl Memorialloupe
301 N Washington Ave
Mason City
IA
USA 50401

This memorial is dedicated to those from Cerro Gordo Co IA who fought in World War One and gave their lives. This memorial is at the NE corner of the Cerro Gordo CO Courthouse in Mason City IA

 
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Charles Young Monumentloupe
4411 Prospect St.
Cleveland
OH
USA 44103

"An American Legend"
"Charles Young was the third black graduate of the United States Military Academy, class of 1889. Young enjoyed a diverse military career as a lieutenant of a cavalry troop squadron, and regimental commander, acting superintendent of a national park, military attaché to Haiti and Liberia, professor at Wilberforce University and military advisor to the President of Liberia.
Colonel Young was a dedicated soldier and statesman. Young is an American legend, a model for youth and adults of all races to emulate. As a 'Buffalo Soldier' he was present on the early westward frontier. At Fort Huachuca, Major Young commanded the 2nd squadron cavalry regiment in the Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa in Mexico, served in the Spanish American War, and the Philippine Insurrection. On June 22, 1917 Charles Young became the first African American to reach the rank of Colonel.
Young died and was buried in Lagos, Nigeria in 1922 while serving as Colonel in World War One. A year later his remains were returned to the United States and buried with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery. On June 1, 1923 many Americans bade farewell to a distinguished soldier and statesman. " (Robert Ewell Green in Black Courage)

"The life of Charles Young was a triumph of tragedy. No one ever knew the truth about the Hell he went through at West Point. He seldom even mentioned it. The pain was too great. Few knew what faced him always in his army life. It was not enough for him to do well - he must always do better: and so much and so conspicuously better as to disarm the scoundrels that ever trailed him. He lived in the army surrounded by insult and intrigue and yet set his teeth and kept his soul serene and triumphed.
He was one of the few men I know who literally turned the other cheek with Jesus Christ. When officers of inferior rank refused to salute a black man, he saluted them. Seldom did he lose his temper, seldom complain.
Steadily, unswervingly he did his duty. And Duty to him as to few modern men, was spelled in capitals.
Now he is dead. But the heart of the Great Black Race, the Ancient of Days - the Undying and Eternal - rises and salutes his shining memory: Well done! Charles Young, Soldiers and Man and unswerving Friend." (W.E.B. DuBois in The Crisis, February 1992)

"AS soon as the school year was over, I rode on horseback from Wilberforce to Washingotn, walking on foot fifteen minutes in each hour, the distance of 497 miles to show, if possible, my physical fitness for command of troops. I there offered my services gladly at he risk of life, which has no value to me if I cannot give it for the great ends for which the United States is striving." (Colonel Charles Young, age 53, Historic Horseback Ride 1918)

 
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Charlotte High School Memorialsloupe
50 Beach Avenue
Rochester
NY
USA 14612

Memorial trees with six existent commemorative plaques for graduates of Charlotte High School, currently located in Rochester, New York, who died in service in the war. Memorials created by CHS Class of 1921. They are located along former lane on east side of carousel.

 
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Chateau-Thierry American Monumentloupe
Château-Thierry
Hauts-de-France
France 02400

The World War I Chateau-Thierry American Monument, designed by Paul Cret and dedicated in 1937, is located on a hill two miles west of Chateau-Thierry, France, and commands a wide view of the valley of the Marne River. It commemorates the sacrifices and achievements of the Americans and French before and during the Aisne-Marne and Oise-Aisne offensives.

The monument, also known as the American Aisne-Marne Memorial or Le Monument américain à cote 204, consists of an impressive double colonnade rising above a long terrace. On its west facade are heroic sculptured figures representing the United States and France. On its east facade is a map showing American military operations in this region and an orientation table pointing out the significant battle sites.

German advances in late May 1918 led to the 3rd Division joining the fight. Its units assisted French troops in preventing the Germans from crossing the Marne River. The 3rd Division held the south bank of the Marne until the French American counteroffensive forced German withdrawal. It earned the nickname “Rock of the Marne.” At the nearby cemeteries rest those Americans who gave their lives in the service of their country.

 
Chatham Artillery - Chatham Co - Savannahloupe
442 East Bay Street
Savannah
GA
USA 31401
This memorial was dedicated in May of 1986 to honor the members of the Chatham Artillery, a Savannah military unit formed in 1786. 

Inscription: “Dedicated May 4, 1986 - To Honor the Members of the Chatham Artillery - Servants of God, Country, State, and Community - Soldiers in War - Patriots in Peace”

Chatham History 1886-1986 (Inscription)

“June 1917 Federalized for WW1.  Training at Fort McPherson and Camp Wheeler.  As part of the (?)st Division In July 1918 Were Sent to Camp Jackson S.C. And Then To France For Combat Duty With the Allied Forces."
 
Chatham Co - Savannah - Marine Memorialloupe
Forsyth Park
Savannah
GA
USA 31401
This memorial honors local marines who served from WWII to Beirut.

Initially dedicated November 11, 1947, by the Savannah Detachment - Marine Corps League. 
 
Chattooga Co. - Summerville - Doughboy Memorialloupe
818 Memorial Dr. On the grounds of the Chattooga County Memorial Home - American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars
Summerville
GA
USA 30747
1934
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

Chattooga County Memorial and Doughboy Statue.   Inscription:  In Memorium - World War Veterans of Chattooga County, Georgia 1917 - 1918.  Erected 1934 by Citizens and Friends of Chattooga County.  Fostered by The Trion Company, B.D. Riegel, Pres. & Treas., N.B. Murphy, Vice Pres., A.D. Elliott.

Spirit of The American Doughboy (statue), Copyrighted by E.M. Viquesney, Sculptor, Spencer, Indiana. 

Bronze plaques on three sides of the memorial column are inscribed with the names of soldiers from this county that fought in WW1. Photos of these names are attached in the  photo gallery. Those that lost their lives are marked with stars next to their names.

Accompanying the memorial is an artillery piece.    It has been identified as a German 7.6 Minenwerfer (Trench Mortar) on a carriage probably made post war so it could be displayed as a memorial. In the trenches, it would usually be on a square brace pad. These types of mortars were not used after the war and so were scrapped or taken as a war trophy by the allies.

 
Chattooga Co. -- Spirit of American Doughboyloupe
VFW memorial home
Trion
GA
USA 30753
The Chattooga County copy of the famous statue originally stood in Circle Park in Trion, but was moved to the VFW memorial home and rededicated in 1988.
 
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Cheraw World War I Monumentloupe
Cheraw
SC
USA 29520
1919

In the municipal park on Market Street, stands a nice monument dedicated to the fallen of the community in the Great War.

The plaque text reads:
These Five Oaks Planted 1919

In Memory Of
Thomas J Bundy
Walter McIntosh
William Allsbrook Mulloy
Daniel Oliver Spencer
Hubert Paul Terrell
They made the supreme sacrifice
by giving their lives in World War I
Dedicated by Live Oaks Post 23
American Legion
1979

 
Cherokee Co. - Canton - Brown Park WW1 Memorialloupe
251 East Marietta St.
Canton
GA
USA 30114
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch
“In Honor of Our Boys Who Fought in the World War”

“Their Names May Be Forgotten But Their Deeds Are Recorded in the Annals of Their Grateful Country”.
 
Cherry Tree Grove WWI Memorialloupe
Heekin Ave.
Cinncinnati
OH
USA 45208

The inscription on this memorial bench reads:

In memory of the citizens of Hamilton County who gave their lives in the country's service. 1917 - 1918. These cherry trees were planted by the Garden Club of Cincinnati. 1920

 
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Chester H. Grant Circle Markerloupe
1376 Grant Circle
Gloucester
MA
USA 01930

Erected in 1956, the inscription on this marker reads:

This Circle
Erected by The
Commonwealth
of
Massachusetts
1956
Is Dedicated to Honor
Chester H. Grant
1897 – 1954 A soldier and devoted citizen who faithfully served his community, state and nation in war and in peace.
A member of the Yankee Division 104th U.S. Infantry. Served in World War I in France 1917 – 1919.
He was cited three times for meritorious conduct under fire and received the silver star with palm.
As a public official for the city of Gloucester he displayed great ability in the performance of his municipal duties.

 
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Chester World War Memorial Stoneloupe
81 Main Street
Chester
NY
USA 10918

"IN HONOR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE TOWN OF CHESTER: WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WAR"

 

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