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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.

 

Colonel Leander W. Cogswellloupe
26 Western Ave.
Henniker
NH
USA 03242

John F. Paramino sculpted this heroic-sized bronze bust of Col. Cogswell, who was born in Henniker, taught in its schools, and served as the commanding officer of the 11th New Hampshire Infantry in the Civil War. It sits on a granite base which bears the likenesses of an eagle with spread wings and the town seal, and text commem­orating the soldiers from Henniker who served in all wars from the Revolutionary War through WWI.

 
Colorado Springs Veterans Memorialloupe
Memorial Park, Union Blvd. and Pikes Peak Ave
Colorado Springs
CO
USA 80910

Five pylons of Colorado granite arc upward in a circle from a concrete plaza. They are topped by an ornamental grill with the insignia of the five major branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and camouflaged speakers and lights. Pylons at the bottom slope away to symbolize "parade rest".  A seven ft tall green marble cylindrical container is at the bottom of the base, and has bronze circular medallions of the service seals.

Inside the container is a public address system and program­mable chimes. Sidewalks radiate outward to military monuments at each end. This is a memorial to the citizens who died in service dur­ing WWI, WWII, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. It was dedi­cated on November 11, 1968.

 
Colored Soldiers of Pennsylvania Memorialloupe
1434 Springfield Road
Collingdale
PA
USA 19023
May 30, 1919

This memorial is located in Eden Cemetery, the oldest African-American-owned cemetery in the United States. Its inscription reads:

IN MEMORIAM

THE COLORED SOLDIERS
OF PENNSYLVANIA
WHO FOUGHT AND DIED
IN FRANCE 1917 - 1918
THAT LIBERTY EQUALITY
AND FRATERNITY MIGHT
BE ESTABLISHED BETWEEN
ALL NATIONS
AND AMONG ALL PEOPLES

ERECTED
BY THE MEMORIAL COMMITTEE
MAY 30, 1919

 
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Colquitt County – Moultrieloupe
9 South Main Street
Moultrie
GA
USA 31768
July 4, 1976
Photos courtesy of Holly Phillips

On the Colquitt County Courthouse grounds, granite monument with eternal flame. This memorial is inscribed with 32 service members that died in WW1. Those from WW2, Korea, and Vietnam are also listed.

Inscription: “To the Memory of Colquitt County Men Who Served During Time of War and Died in Service.”

 
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Columbia County Courthouseloupe
Magnolia
AR
USA 71753
Courthouse in Columbia County, Arkansas.
 
Columbia County Courthouseloupe
1 Court Sq #3, Magnolia, AR 71753
Columbia
AR
USA 71753
No additional information at this time.
 
Columbia County Veterans Memorial loupe
427 East Main Street
Dayton
WA
USA 99328

Dedicated 2009 “In Honor Of All Veterans” 
This Memorial, honoring all veterans from Columbia County in Washington State, sits on the grounds of, or next to a Home Street Bank in the county road right-of-way.
The Memorial contains Basalt columns dedicated to each war of The Republic, Flag Pole, polished black granite plates engraved with the names of Columbia County Veterans from all wars and a sculpture of a soldier kneeling before a “Battlefield Cross”

 
Columbia Falls Area Veterans Memorial Wallloupe
233 13th Street East
Columbia Falls
MT
USA 59912

Founded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars William Murphy Post 5650. Currently maintained & updated by American Legion Freedom Post 72

 
Columbia Falls, loupe
18th and Park St.
Fort Benton
MT
USA 59442

This bronze statue was sculpted by E.M. Viquesney, and was dedicated on November 11, 1928. It depicts a WWI infantryman ad­vancing through barbed wire and stumps of No Man's Land, wear­ing a field uniform and holding a rifle and a hand grenade. It is rest­ing on a native stone base (replacing a previous granite one), and nearby are a flagpole and two cannons which were added in 1972 when the statue was moved here from Kalispell. lt was located on Main St. there, and vehicles occasionally ran into it.

 
Columbia Spirit of American Doughboyloupe
Columbia
SC
USA 29201
2002

Dedicated November 11, 2002. This monument was erected on behalf of the citizens of South Carolina in memory of the South Carolinians who served during the Great War. It features the sculpture entitled “The Spirit of the American Doughboy”, originally sculpted by E. M. Viquesney and reproduced here from molds of the original work by Frank Colson. Plaques providing a brief history of the Doughboys of the Great War, the first American troops in World War 1, are mounted on the interior walls of the monument.

 
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Columbus Museum - Muscogee Countyloupe
1251 Wynnton Road
Columbus
GA
USA 31906
The Columbus Museum brings American art and history to life for the communities of the Chattahoochee Valley. The exhibition From Flying Aces to Army Boots: World War I and the Chattahoochee Valley, on view from March 15 to August 27, 2017, explores the effects of World War I in the greater Columbus area. The experiences of local soldiers who fought in World War I receive special attention, as well as the impetus for the creation of Camp (now Fort) Benning at the end of the war as a U.S. Army infantry training school. African Americans’ service in the war, the life and career of Columbus native and French flying ace Eugene Bullard, and women’s volunteer service at home and abroad, are showcased. Artifacts from public and private collections illuminate these varied experiences and stories.
 
Columbus – Victory Driveloupe
Victory Drive
Columbus
GA
USA 31903
The route of U.S. Highway 27 from downtown Columbus to the entrance to Fort Benning.
 
Columbus –- Eugene Bullard Historical Markerloupe
Talbotton Road at Midland Street
Columbus
GA
USA 31901

     A historical marker commemorates the first African-American aviator from World War I.  It reads: “Eugene J. Bullard, 1896-1961.  Bullard grew up in a small shotgun style house near this site. His father, William, was a laborer for the W. C. Bradley Company. Eugene completed the fifth grade at the 28th Street School. Shaken by the death of his mother, Josephine, and the near lynching of his father, Bullard left Columbus as a young teenager. In 1912, he stowed-away on a merchant ship out of Norfolk, Virginia. He spent the next 28 years of his life in Europe.  Erected by the Historic Columbus Foundation and Historic Chattahoochee Commission 2007”

     One of ten children of an impoverished Columbus family, he stowed away on a ship to Scotland when a teenager.  Settling in Paris, he became a boxer and worked in a music hall.  Enlisting at the outbreak of World War I in 1914, as a volunteer from overseas he was assigned to French colonial troops.  He saw combat on the Somme front as a machine gunner, and later at Artois and the second Champagne offensive.  After heavy losses by the French Foreign Legion, Bullard was allowed to transfer to the 170th Line Infantry Regiment, which eventually was sent to Verdun, where he was seriously wounded in 1916.  After recovering, he volunteered that fall for the French Air Service as an air gunner.  Following training, he received his pilot’s license in May 1917, and flew with the LaFayette Flying Corps, Escadrille N.93 and N.85, taking part in some twenty combat missions.  His reputation grew as the “Black Swallow of Death.”

     When the U.S. entered the war, Bullard stood the medical examination to serve in the LaFayette Flying Corps as part of the American Expeditionary Force, but was not accepted, as only white pilots were allowed to serve.    He served beyond the Armistice, not being discharged until October 24, 1919, and was awarded the Croix de guerre, among 15 awards from the French government.

     Living in Paris between the wars, he worked as a drummer and nightclub manager, eventually owning his own club, gaining famous friends including Louis Armstrong and Langston Hughes.  When Germany again invaded France in May 1940, Bullard fled Paris with his two surviving daughters from a marriage which had ended in divorce.  Volunteering in defense of Orleans, he was wounded, but escaped to neutral Spain and then went to the United States. 

     Never fully recovering from his war wound, and finding that his French fame did not follow him home, he worked for a while as an interpreter for Louis Armstrong.  With a financial settlement from the destruction of his Paris nightclub in the war, he bought an apartment in Harlem.  He was among those attacked and injured during the infamous Peerskill riots of 1949.  His final job was as an elevator operator at Rockefeller Center. 

     In 1954, the French government invited him to participate in the rekindling of the eternal flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe, and in 1960 he was made a knight of the Legion of Honor.  Spending his final years in relative obscurity and poverty in New York City, he died in 1961 at age 66.  He is buried in the French War Veterans’ section of Flushing Cemetery in Queens, New York.

     On August 23, 1994, 33 years after his death, and 77 years to the day after the physical that should have allowed him to fly for his own country, Eugene Bullard was posthumously commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

 
Company D 2nd Kansas Infantry WWI Memorialloupe
McPherson Park
McPherson
KS
USA 67460

This memorial, located in McPherson Park, honors the memory of the heroes from McPherson County who gave their lives in World War I. It includes an honor roll listing those from Company D, 2nd Kansas Infantry who died in the Great War. 

 
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Concordia, Doughboyloupe
Central Park
Concordia
MO
USA 64020

The G.A.R. and the American Legion and Auxiliary raised the $600 cost of this limestone statue, dedicated on September 23, 1923. It shows a standing WWI soldier, at attention with his rifle in his right hand. Originally, the plaque honored WWI veterans, but it was later replaced by one that also included the veterans of the Civil and Spanish-American Wars.

 
Consolidated Edison Building Tower of Lightloupe
4 Irving Place
New York
NY
USA 10003
Warren & Wetmore, architects

Atop the 24-story, 425-foot Con Ed building is a colossal, 38-foot-tall bronze and glass lantern dedicated to the Con Ed employees killed in World War I. 

 
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Conway County Courthouseloupe
115 S. Moose St.
Morrilton
AR
USA 72110

Courthouse in Conway County, Arkansas.

 
Conway County Courthouseloupe
115 S Moose St, Morrilton, AR 72110
Morrilton
AR
USA 72110

No additional information at this time.

 
Cooke County Texas World War 1 Memorial Dome Clocksloupe
101 South Dixon St
Gainesville
TX
USA 76240

This is the 4th Cooke County Court House, it was built in 1910.

To quote the historical marker on the Court House grounds: “The impressive brick and limestone building features terra cotta ornamentation, eagle brackets, and a copper clad dome.  Clocks were added to the dome in 1920 as a World War I memorial.”

 
Coosa County Veterans of World War I & II Memorialloupe
County Road 29
Sylacauga
AL
USA 35151

I found the memorial by accident while was out grave hunting for a WW I veterans grave. This memorial is unique in that it names two recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross from this very rural Alabama County one each from WW I and WW II.


33, 07,1230 N
86,18,4058 W

 
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Cornish Honor Rollloupe
29 Cornish Stage Rd
Cornish
NH
USA 03745

This Honor Roll is in front of the United Church of Cornish in the park dedicated to all Cornish Veterans though peace and war.
One of the names on the Roll is Homer Saint- Gaudens , the son of Augustus Saint- Gaudens the sculptor.

Location:

 
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Corporal Freddie Stowers Memorialloupe
Anderson University, Thrift Library
Anderson
SC
USA 29621

On Veterans Day 2015, a special monument dedication was held at Anderson University to celebrate Corporal Freddie Stowers, the first African-American from South Carolina to receive the Medal of Honor for his service in World War I.

He served in World War I in the Ardennes region of France and was killed in action. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor in 1991.

 
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Corporal James A Gereloupe
33 Throckmorten Street
Freehold
NJ
USA 07728

Corporal James A. Gere was the first soldier from Freehold killed in WW1. He was killed in action at Chateau Thierry France on August 30, 1918. The monument was dedicated on 11/11/1928.

 
Court of Honor, State Fairgroundsloupe
1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55108-3099
St Paul
MN
USA 55108-3099

To honor the Minnesotans who, along with their brothers in arms in the U.S. armed forces, helped bring an end to the epic tragedy of World War I.

 
Covington County Veterans Memorialloupe
521 E 3 Notch St
Andalusia
AL
USA 36420
November 11, 2004
 

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