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"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

Across the nation in the years after World War One, state and local parks were named in honor of Americans who made significant contributions to the war effort. Many of these parks have statuary and other memorials related to World War One.  To add a park to this page, send an email to the webmaster with the relevant information. (See disclaimer.)

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  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Memorial Hunter: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
  • Dedication Date: November 11, 2012
1000 South Douglas Highway
82716 Gillette
WY
USA

This memorial honors those who have served in every U.S. conflict from World War I to the present day, with plaques listing the names of those who gave their lives. In front of the memorial stands a "Battlefield Cross" sculpture comprised of a service member's rifle, helmet, and boots.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Memorial Hunter: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
Riverfront Park -- City Service Road off of California Avenue, on the banks of the Kootenay River
59923 Libby
MT
USA

Riverfront Park is home to several monuments honoring servicemembers of Lincoln County. The centerpiece of the memorial area is a granite monument on a foundation of donated bricks. Each side of the monument is inscribed with the founding date and Latin motto of each branch of the US Armed Forces, such as the featured photo's "Haec Protegimus" ("This We'll Defend") for the Army. The monument is also topped with a life-size bronze sculpture created by a local artist and designed to represent the memorial's motto: "Continue the Fight, Leave No One Behind."

  • Park
  • Los Angeles High School alumni who died in service.
  • Los Angeles Library Memorial Branch; Los Angeles Library Memorial Branch Alumni Memorial Window
  • $21,000
  • Los Angeles High School students
  • Width: 350
  • Materials (select all that apply): Metal (any)
4625 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles
CA
USA

No marker but a sign with name and it is the location of Memorial Library.

  • Dedication Date: 1918
46803 Fort Wayne
IN
USA
  • W.A. Sharp
  • Dedication Date: August 2, 1920

Memorial Tablet at Victory Memorial Grove

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

100c 100m wwi centennial plaque Victory Memorial Grove, a 5-acre park within Elysian Park in Los Angeles, was established in 1920 as a World War I memorial with the planting of trees and a field of Flanders Poppies.  It contains a bronze memorial tablet set into a 2-ton granite boulder, dedicated in 1921 to honor the 22 individuals who gave their lives during the Great War.  The monument was restored and rededicated in June 2017.  

T0E 1E0 Jasper
Canada

An impressive 3300-metre peak, Mt. Edith Cavell is named after a British nurse executed during World War I for her part in helping Allied prisoners escape occupied Brussels.

Mount Edith Cavell is part of Jasper National Park in Canada.

When citizens of Laclede first expressed an interest in honoring Gen. John J. Pershing, commanding general of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I, the most suitable tribute seemed to be a park encompassing the land that Pershing loved to roam in his youth. In 1937, the state purchased the first tract of land, setting in motion the preservation of what is considered a rare natural jewel in a predominantly agricultural landscape.

In the middle of the day-use area sits a monument to all the mothers who gave their sons to war. Dedicated by the American War Mothers of Missouri in 1940, the marble statue is a fitting tribute to the memory of those who gave sons to World War I and all wars. John Schlitz, an inmate in Leavenworth, Kan., carved the statue, which was dedicated the same year the park opened.

Gen. Pershing spent many boyhood days playing and hiking in the area that now makes up the park, and today visitors can enjoy similar experiences.

  • Dedication Date: May 2008
31404 Savannah
GA
USA

“Role of Honor - 1914-1918”

“These Palmetto Trees were planted and this Tablet erected by the Savannah Women’s Federation - In Loving Honor of the Soldiers Sailors and Marines of Chatham County who Died in the Great War for the Cause of World Liberty"

"The Base of this Tablet was given by Chatham Post 36 - American Legion - April 26, 1929 - In Memory of their Comrades who Fell During the World War”

“They Do Not Die Who Serve Humanity”

2700 North York Hwy Pall Mall, Tennessee 38577
38577 Pall Mall
TN
USA
Sergeant Alvin C. York Historic Park pays tribute to Sgt. Alvin C. York, one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I. The park contains the farm and gristmill once owned by York who lived in the Pall Mall area for most of his life. Along with the millhouse and milldam, the park includes York’s two-story house, York’s general store and post office, the Wolf River Cemetery, the Wolf River Methodist Church, the York Bible Institute, an M247 Sergeant York tank and various picnic facilities.
46012 Anderson
IN
USA
  • Andrea Wilbur-Sigo
  • Dedication Date: July 2008
Squaxin Island Reservation
98584 Shelton
WA
USA

This memorial site is located on a forested site in-between the Elders Center and Tribal Museum. The Veterans Memorial is a small ceremonial gathering space representing Squaxin Island, the symbolic heart of the Squaxin Island Tribe who are also known as the People of the Water.

Seven water pools, representing the Tribe’s traditional lands comprised of seven watersheds in south Puget Sound, radiate out from the center space. Each water pool is a setting for a cluster of bronze paddles, each bearing the name of a veteran. A carved wood house post portal created by tribal artist Andrea Wilbur-Sigo marks the entrance to the gathering space. Informal paths meander through the pools and native landscape, with benches for resting and quiet contemplation. The Veterans Committee also brought a large petroglyph boulder originally from Harstene Island, and it is now sited on the memorial grounds. Other elements include a flag plaza and interpretive displays with oral history storytelling and plant names in the Lushootseed language.

This memorial is dedicated to Mathew B. Juan, a Pima Indian who enlisted under the name Mathew B. Rivers and was the first American Indian, and the first Arizonan, to be killed in World War I on May 28th, 1918, at the Battle of Cantigny, France, the first American offensive operation of the war.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Memorial Hunter: Marc Masters
300 Canyon Road
84103 Salt Lake City
UT
USA

The first memorial constructed in Salt Lake City's Memory Grove Park, The Pagoda honors Utahns who gave their lives for their country during World War I. Built in a classic style in the 1920s, the Pagoda has eight columns supporting a circular crest or entablature (all but the roof). The marble used in its construction was from the same source used in the construction of the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D.C. In 1932 a central octagonal column and urn were added bearing the names of fallen Utahns. Originally created as a city park in 1902, Memory Grove Park was dedicated in 1924 as a memorial for America's soldiers and contains several other monuments in addition to The Pagoda. On August 11, 1999 a tornado passed through Memory Grove Park resulting in the destruction of over 400 old trees. No monuments were damaged.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Memorial Hunter: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
900 Price Rd SE
97322 Albany
OR
USA

This park contains memorials for all wars starting with WW1. Pictured above is the new WW1 memorial wall. The old WW1 memorial marker is currently undergoing repair; once repairs are complete, the new header sign will look like the Korean War header pictured in the gallery below. A POW/MIA memorial stands at the entrance to the memorial section of the park.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Memorial Hunter: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
Trimble Park -- 201-247 2nd St NW
56353 Milaca
MN
USA

These memorials, along with a vintage U.S. Army tank, are located in Milaca's Trimble Park.

  • Ralph W. Demmon, Grand Rapids
  • Single figure -- soldier
  • Dedication Date: November 11, 1926
101 E FULTON NE GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49503
49503 Grand Rapids
MI
USA

Veteran's Memorial Pillars

The park was dedicated on November 11, 1926, after the Grand Rapids Council of the American Legion and public contribution funded memorial pillars in honor of WWI vets. In 1945, a citizens group petitioned for a WWII veterans memorial, and coupled with interest for honoring those who served in the Korean War, funds were secured for the addition of five granite pillars to the park. In 1975, two more pillars were added to honor Vietnam veterans.

Names of those who died in WWI appear on eight bronze bronze plaques placed on the sides of the granite pillars. Flowers commemorating their sacrifice are place at the base of both monuments. The plaque reads, "ERECTED BY THE CITIZENS OF GRAND RAPIDS WITH FUNDS VOLUNTARILY SUBSCRIBED THEREFORE AND DEDICATED NOVEMBER 11, 1926 TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF GRAND RAPIDS WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WAR. The smaller monument visible between the two pillars is a bust of Thomas Gilbert.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Memorial Hunter: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
East Baseline St. between S. 12th Ave. and S. 13th Ave
97113 Cornelius
OR
USA

In Veterans Memorial Park, a memorial wall lists the names of fallen servicemembers from World War 1 to the present day. A bronze statue called "Battlefield Cross" stands in front of the wall, and can be seen in the picture gallery. It depicts a servicemember's helmet, rifle, and boots.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Memorial Hunter: Janet Logan
1700 West Washington Street
85007 Phoenix
AZ
USA

The Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, located in front of the Arizona state capitol, is home to 30 memorials commemorating important people, events, and symbols throughout Arizonian and/or American history. Memorial #9 is dedicated to Arizonians who fought in the First World War.

 

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