The United States World War One Centennial Commission has endorsed 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.
Saving Hallowed Ground
The United States World War One Centennial Commission has endorsed Saving Hallowed Ground, a worldwide organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of monuments and markers, commemorating veterans and patriots where ever they may be found. Saving Hallowed Ground accomplishes this through two steps: (1) Performing conservation and preservation services to the monuments themselves; (2) Engaging school students and communities in researching and learning about the history of their monuments and about the stories behind the names inscribed on these Living History Memorials. Visit the Saving Hallowed Ground website for more information.
The Hollywood American Legion building itself is a World War One monument.
The three story, 33,000 square foot facility located on Highland Avenue, one block south of the Hollywood Bowl. The buildings architecture is Egytian Revival-Morroccan Deco and was finished in 1929.
The post is a Los Angeles Registered Historical Landmark and has been a vibrant venue since it's completion. The Post has three floors and a projection booth at the roof level. It's lower floor is partially below ground. Connected to the lower floor by wide carpeted hallways leading up to 55' high Main Atrium supported by four Egyptian Columns.
Open-air Center Atrium leads to 800 capacity Main Auditorium containing 334 fixed theater type seats around a 2,000 square foot Oak hardwood dance floor. The raised stage is a proscenium design with a film screen. The Auditorium ceiling is 55' high and has 8 cement buttress columns that arch floor to ceiling.
All exterior doors are copper sheathed. The Post proudly displays significant Bronze Plaques with Legion members names who have gone to Post Everlasting. Prominent among them are Clark Gable, Adolphe Menjou and Gene Autrey.
Double eight-foot Walnut doors laced with iron and sheathed in copper act as an entrance. The Porch area out front features a six-foot bronze statue of Vietnam Vet in Bronze, a Japanese WWII cannon, Bronze Plaques of Commanders of Post and wrought iron double-gated fence opening on Highland Avenue. There is also a History/Military Museum with an extensive collection; a 4,000 volume Military and Hollywood library.
The collection of historical items of both Hollywood and the military exploits of Post members is a must see on any visit to its vaunted facilities.
This is the only monument in New Haven produced under the city's WPA art program.
Dedicated to Fair Haven resident Timothy Francis Ahearn in 1937. The monument was sculpted by Karl Lang and installed by Maxwell & Pagano.
Ahearn won the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism at Verdun. Although he survived the war, after returning to New Haven, Ahearn was unable to find work, and traveled across the country as a migrant farm worker.
He died in his 20s in California, and his family buried him in St. Lawrence Cemetery, not far from the monument.
The memorial consists of three parts: the colonnade, entablature and cenotaph.
The entablature contains the names of the major battles in which American troops fought in western Europe.
The cenotaph--the only one in New Haven--features the inscription, "In Memory of the Men of Yale who true to her traditions gave their lives that freedom might not perish from the Earth, Anno Domini 1918."
The memorial was designed by Thomas Hastings and Everett Meeks, and was paid for by Yale Alumni--no university funds were used.
"The Greatest Stadium in the World" Over twenty three thousand Angelenos had served in the armed forces, more than 450 of whom died in service, and within weeks after the Armistice, discussions on how best to honor the troops had become heated. Exposition Park was chosen as a prime location for what would be the city's main war memorial.
Los Angeles was already trying to get a large athletic complex built, so the idea was advanced to make a multi-purpose stadium that could be hold sporting, civic, and memorial events. The stadium was dedicated as a perpetual memorial to LA County Veterans of the World War.
Memorial Day and Armisitce Day programs would be held in the stadium for decades. Secretary of Commerce (and future President) Herbert Hoover spoke at one and many famous dignitaries would through the years.
In 1968, top Great War Air Ace Eddie Rickenbacker headlined a Veterans Day ceremony at Expo Park. Though no text exists of his remarks, this was apparently when the Coliseum was rededicated, not just to LA County's war veterans, but to "all those who served in World War I."
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum seeks to remember its heritage as not only a stadium of considerable athletic achievement, but as a venue that pays tribute to those who answered the nation's call nearly one hundred years ago
This beautiful freestanding arch memorial dedicated to Lt. William Fitzgibbons specifically, and all other former St Mary's College stdents who served in WWI generally, was erected by the College and by Jesuit order that owned the college at that time.
From the St. Mary's Academy and College website: (visit link)
"The Memorial Arch is dedicated, "To the Sons of St. Mary's College who Served their Country in the World War, the Alumni Have Built this Memorial."
During the Great War, World War I, the Student Army Training Corps was established at St. Mary's and the campus was crowded with students in STAC uniforms. Over 700 of St. Mary's "old boys" (alumni) served in the War, and no less than 19 paid with the supreme sacrifice of their lives.
One of these, Lieutenant William T. Fitzsimons, of the Medical Corps (SMC class of '60) was the first American officer to die in France, September 7, 1917.
On Memorial day of 1922, a fountain honoring him was dedicated in Kansas City, Missouri, which can still be seen on the Paseo, a short distance from Interstate 70.
Meanwhile at St. Mary's, a magnificent Memorial Arch, gift of the College Alumni, was constructed at the main gateway of the College to honor Lt. Fitzsimons and all St. Mary's sons who fought in the War.
Dedicated during the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of St. Mary's in 1923, with Kansas Governor Jonathan M. Davis as a special guest, the Arch is surmounted by the Cross, and bears on either side of the inscription the old SMC seal, one commemorating the founding of the Society of Jesus in 1540, the other the founding of St. Mary's in 1848."
The bronze statue was first installed in 1921 by the Women's War Working Circle in Morton Grove. It has stood on this spot since that time, pre-dating the library which was built in 1952. On Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the Ladies Auxilliary of the American Legion Post 134 lay a wreath at the base in remembrance.
WW I memorial dedicated to the soldiers of the town of Etowah, Tennessee who lost their lives in the Great War. Their names are listed on the memorial and it is placed in front of the historic L & N Depot in downtown Etowah, TN. It was dedicated in 1922.
JFK Drive & Washington Avenue Milltown NJ USA 08850
This memorial consists of a square stone pillar capped with a pointed top, sitting on a rectangular stone base. On the front are two bronze plaques. The upper, larger one is a vertical bas-relief of a Doughboy. The smaller, lower one dedicates the monument to the residents of Milltown who served in World War I.
The memorial is located in Bill Thomson Memorial Park near the American Legion Post building.
Photos courtesy of: Memorial Hunters Club member, Donald Petry
The central building on the University of Delaware campus holding the "Book of the Dead". A list of war dead of Delaware from World War I. The book is turned to a new page every day, usually by an ROTC cadet.
The memorial acquisition had its beginnings as early as March 1920 when a successful campaign was conducted to raise funds to acquire the plaque by public subscription. The original plan was to place it on a large boulder at the Franklin County Courthouse, but a state art commission rejected that plan. After considerable delay, the base shown in the above photograph was built and the Doughboy was dedicated at the current location on a rainy November 12, 1923 – Armistice (November 11) was on Sunday that year. The parade paused for a minute of silence at 11 a. m. to recognize the effective time of the armistice five years earlier. Numerous organizations, bands and speakers participated in the ceremony.