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Monuments and Memorials

World 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 United States World War One Centennial Commission is supporting The World War One Memorial Inventory project. This nationwide inventory seeks to identify, document, and preliminarily assesses the condition of the country's World War I memorials and monuments. The effort is intended to raise public awareness of the presence, and in many cases, sadly, the plight of these historic monuments and memorials, as a necessary first step to ensuring their conservation and preservation. Read more about the World War One Memorial Inventory project in this article by the project's founder, Mark Levitch.
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.

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This interactive database provides location and all other available information on known World War One monuments and memorials.

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307th Infantry Memorial Grove

(Site)

      
New York New York USA

(NAMES OF 590 MEN ARE LISTED IN 9 COLUMNS.)
ON OPPOSITE SIDE OF BOULDER: TO THE DEAD / OF THE / 307TH INFANTRY A.E.F / 590 OFFICERS AND MEN / 1917-1919/

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369th Infantry Regiment Memorial

(Object (other than sculpture))

      
New York New York USA

North side

93RD ST 
DIVISION 
(US) 
[Insignia] 
369TH 
INFANTRY 
REGIMENT 
(15TH REG-NYG) 
(COLORED) 
IN MEMORY 
1918 
MEUSE-ARGONNE 
OFFENSIVE 
RIPONT 
MONT-CUVELET 
SECHAULT 
26 SEP - 1OCT 


South side

161 ST 
DIVISION 
(FR) 
[Insignia] 
369TH 
INFANTRY 
REGIMENT 
(15TH REG-NYG) 
(COLORED) 
IN MEMORY 
1918 
MEUSE-ARGONNE 
OFFENSIVE 
RIPONT 
MONT-CUVELET 
SECHAULT 
26 SEP - 1OCT 

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 17:23    |  Hits: 258

Carry On Dickinson

(Sculpture)

      
Jersey City/Hudson NJ USA

 

The  sculpture  depicts  the  Alma Mater,  personified  by  a  woman  in  flowing  robes,  urging  on  two doughboys,  one of  whom  is  dying.  The sculpture is set atop an inscribed base.

 

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Cecil County World War Doughboy Memorial, Elkton, MD

(Sculpture)

      
Elkton MD USA

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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Cutillo Park

(Site)

      
North End (Boston) MA USA
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