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5 Washington Street
08060 Mount Holly
NJ
USA

Mount Holly's WWI memorial has always been a bridge crossing the North Branch of the Rancocas Creek west of High Street in the downtown.  Originally, an honor roll plaque was placed on the parapet of the existing bridge in the early 1920s. 

Today's present bridge appears to date from the mid-20th century.  The original plaque has been mounted east of the north parapets, commemorating Mount Holly residents who fought in WWI. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

  • Nathan Potter
  • Dedication Date: 1923
501 North Street (Rt. 28 & E. Broad St)
07090 Westfield
NJ
USA

This striking monument sits in a busy intersection leading into downtown Westfield, NJ.  It consists of a tall, horizontally banded granite column with a simple capital, topped by a bronze sculpture of Clio the Muse.  The column rests on a granite plinth square base with rusticated edges. 

Photos courtesy of: 
Front view - NJ State Historic Preservation Office
Rear view - Sheena Chi

  • Gutzon Borglum
  • Dedication Date: 1926

This massive, approx. 40' long monument commemorates the US land & naval forces that participated in this country's wars up to & including World War I.  It is composed of 42 bronze figures representing both civilians & military from all branches of service.  Included are a Red Cross nurse, a conscientious objector, fathers & mothers seeing their children off to war, and a portrait of the monument's benefactor, Amos H. Van Horn, as a mustached Union soldier.  The artist, Gutzon Borglum also included figures modeled after himself & his son, Lincoln.  All the figures, as well as two horses, are depicted ascending a steep incline.  The monument is situated at the end of a large reflecting pool. 

Gutzon Borglum is best known for his sculptural depictions on Mount Rushmore, SD. 

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #76001616. 

Photo courtesy of:  Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

More detailed photos are available on the website link. 

  • Dedication Date: 1919
270 S. Black Horse Pike
08012 Gloucester
NJ
USA

This monument is made of a granite block with a triangular side elevation.  The words, "Our Honor Roll" appear on the front in raised letters.  Placed on each of the two sloping angles of the top of the monument are identical bronze plaques listing the names of Gloucester Township soldiers & sailors who served in WWI. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

  • Gaetano Federici
Haledon Public School, 91 Henry Street
07508 Haledon
NJ
USA

The Haledon World War I Honor Roll memorial is a large, rectangular bronze plaque mounted to the side wall of the vestibule of the former, formal entrance to Haledon Public School. 

The plaque is bordered by a simple molded frame, marked by a central, bare-chested, classical male figure holding a horizontal, sheathed sword in his crossed arms.  His arms rest on a stele covering the left side of his body.  An eagle with outstretched wings sits at its base.  The figure stands atop a plinth which carries these words:  "Erected by the residents of Halendon in memory of those who fought and swerved in the World War  1917-1918"  Below the plinth, a base panel honors two Haledon residents who died in the war.  The names of the other Haledon residents who served are listed in flanking columns around the figure. 

 The plaque was designed by the noted Italian American sculptor, Gaetano Federici.  Federici was a Paterson, NJ resident; he was responsible for several WWI memorials in the state. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office 

  • John Oscar Bunce
  • Dedication Date: 1924
Van Neste Square, East Ridgewood Avenue
07450 Ridgewood
NJ
USA

World War I Memorial

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

100c 100m wwi centennial plaque This memorial is dedicated to the Ridgewood citizens who died during World War I. It consists of a tall, fluted granite column with its lower face marked by a granite plaque and a bas-relief laurel wreath. The column sits atop a three-stepped granite base. On the front of the base is a plaque with the bas-relief bust of a man shown in right profile. The column is crowned by a bronze eagle with its head turned to the right & wings partially spread. The plaque includes an honor roll.  The memorial designer, John Oscar Bunce, was a New York-based architect & sculptor; he became known for his role in the planning and erection of new public and private buildings in Paterson following a devastating 1902 fire.  

  • Charles Keck
  • Dedication Date: 1932
Memorial Park, Freeway Drive
07018 East Orange
NJ
USA

Located in Memorial Park, this monument was designed by noted sculptor, Charles Keck.  The bronze sculpture is of a seated female figure representing Victory.  The flag-drapped woman holds a scroll with a list of names, & clutches a helmet at her side.

The memorial was erected with funds solicited from East Orange citizens and was dedicated on Armistice Day 1932. 

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000243. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

First Reformed Church; 529 Newark Pompton Turnpike
07444 Pompton Plains
NJ
USA

The Pompton Plains World War I monument, placed within a cemetery, consists of a vertical granular stone slab.  A bronze honor roll plaque with a stepped top is attached to the front of the stone. The honor roll is decorated with an eagle, wings outstretched, & perched on olive branches.  The plaque honors the men of Pequannock Township who served in the war. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office 

  • Dedication Date: 1927
Memorial Park, 3300 New Jersey Ave
08260 Wildwood
NJ
USA

The World War I monument in Wildwood, NJ features the helmeted head and arms of a doughboy, holding the hilt of a sword, looking over the top a tall, rectangular, granite pillar.  The sword bisects a cross, with the words loyalty, courage, sacrifice and victory in each of the four quadrants.  The monument is “Wildwood’s Tribute to the glory of her sons, 1917-1918.”  Around the four sides of the flat, rectangular, marble base are the names of six significant WWI battles abroad. 

The sculptor of the doughboy is unknown; the granite pillar was completed by O. J. Hammell of Pleasantville, NJ. 

The monument was dedicated on May 26, 1927 by Senator William Bright.  “The Wildwoods” – Wildwood, North Wildwood & Wildwood Crest – sent 33 people to serve in the war.  Three died, including one woman.  The American Legion coordinated the dedication event, which included a parade through town honoring veterans and the new monument. 

The monument was erected prominently directly across the street from the Pennsylvania Railroad Station.  Being a shore community, thousands of tourists exited the train on this spot.  The train station is long gone today, and the monument’s park is now in front of senior housing complex. 

Narrative adapted from a history of Wildwood’s parks in The Sun.

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office 
Vintage photos courtesy of:  The Sun

Borough Hall, 227 Trenton Avenue
08007 Barrington
NJ
USA

This monument, located in the rear of Barrington Borough Hall, consists of a quarry-faced stone stele with a bronze plaque Honor Roll on the front.  The upper plaque takes the form of a half-star with a central spread winged eagle pierced on an American shield flanked by swags.  The monument was erected in honor of those in Barrington who served in WWI. 

Photo courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

  • Harry Lewis Raul
  • Dedication Date: 1923
East Palisades Avenue
07631 Englewood
NJ
USA

This monument was designed by sculptor Harry Lewis Raul to commemorate the citizens of Englewood, NJ who served in World War I. The bronze sculpture depicts a soldier in uniform at parade rest, mounted on a granite base. He holds his rifle in his right hand, butt on the ground, by his right foot. He holds his helmet in his left hand at his side. An American flag flies on a pole behind him.

The figure stands atop an inscribed pedestal, a projecting lower portion of an obelisk that rises to the rear of the statue. Atop the obelisk is a common World War I symbol of an eagle perched on a sphere.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) Inventory #NJ000077.

Photo courtesy of:  Greg Guderian

  • Dedication Date: 1919
American Legion Post #281, 2101 Chews Landing Road
08012 Gloucester
NJ
USA

This World War I monument is constructed of concrete and placed in a square garden bordered by colored concrete edge blocks. The lower portion of the monument, sheathed in stucco, consists of three stages, each square in cross-section descending in size as they rise.  The lower section, the base, is undecorated on each of its four faces.  The second and third stages contain bronze plaques honoring those from the township who fought in World War I.  The top stage is crowned by a stuccoed obelisk.  A small metal eagle sculpture rises from the top of the obelisk.

Photo courtesy of: NJ State Historic Preservation Office

Kings Highway & West Atlantic Avenue
Haddon Heights
NJ
USA

The Haddon Heights memorial consists of a vertical concrete slab finished to resemble rusticated stone to which is attached a bronze plaque listing those from the borough who served in World War I. 

The memorial is located in the western portion of the VFW post lot, at 615 E. Atlantic Avenue.

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

Johnson American Legion Post 370, 430 N. Warwick Road
08049 Magnolia
NJ
USA

This memorial consists of a rectangular quarry-faced, dark granite slab with an attached plaque listing names of Magnolia residents who served in World War I. 

The memorial is located in a brick plaza that also commemorates other wars. 

Photo courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

Veterans Park, 100 Route 50
08330 Mays Landing
NJ
USA

This monument is a shallow gable, granite slab set on a granite base.  A rectangular bronze plaque is attached to the front.  Its frame is topped by a broken pediment containing a bas-relief eagle.  The plaque contains an honor roll of Mays Landing residents who served in WWI. 

The monument is one of several in a brick plaza situated around an octagonal fountain with a sculpture of a woman rising from the raised central bowl. 

Photo courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

  • LL Manning & Son
  • Dedication Date: 1920
Route 71 (Main Street)
07756 Neptune
NJ
USA

This monument, dedicated to the people of Neptune who served in World War I, consists of a stone figure, column & base. A doughboy stands in uniform atop the column. The three-sided base is marked by inscribed bronze plaques. Three pedestals project from the corners each topped by a cannon.

The monument was purchased from LL Manning & Son, a Plainfield, NJ monument firm.  It was dedicated on Memorial Day 1920 by Rev. Edward Mount of West Grove ME Church. 

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000137.

Photo courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

602 Broadway
07648 Norwood
NJ
USA

The Norwood World War Memorial was once a tall pedestal monument topped by a granite eagle, with a bronze honor roll plaque honoring residents who fought in WWI.  It sat in a small traffic circle in front of the Eastside Train Station.  When the station closed in the 1950s or 60s, the eagle was moved to its present location, which at that time, was the Norwood municipal building.  (It is now the Fire Department.)  The pedestal & honor roll plaque have been lost. 

(See vintage postcard image in Pictures Gallery for original monument image.)

Today, the eagle sits on a small granite pedestal, low to the ground, on the lawn of the Norwood Fire Department.  Its wings are outstretched, one talon resting on top of an American flag shield.  A small, recent plaque mounted on the pedestal front is in memory of two soldiers, presumably from Norwood, one from WWI & one from WWII. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office
Vintage Postcard courtesy of:  Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 35 Church Street
07866 Rockaway
NJ
USA

This monument, located in a church cemetery, consists of an upright boulder slab set on a two-part concrete base.  An brass honor roll plaque is attached to the front.  The plaque contains an elaborate eagle in relief and the list of names of Rockaway residents who served in WWI. 

Photo courtesy of:  Bill Coughlin & Historical Marker Database

600 East Park Avenue
08360 Vineland
NJ
USA

Vineland's World War I memorial, located in Landis Park, consists of an upright slab of quarry-faced granite to which is mounted a bronze plaque containing the names of all those from Vineland who served in the war. 

Landis Park, named for Charles Landis, the founder of Vineland, was developed as the city's memorial park with a series of monuments honoring those who served in each of the country's major foreign conflicts. The WWI monument is the first one encounters when entering the main drive off Park Avenue. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office
Vintage postcard courtesy of:  Rutgers University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

  • Works Progress Adminstration (WPA)
  • Dedication Date: 1936
Veterans Park, 5504 JFK Boulevard East
07093 West New York
NJ
USA

This unusual pyramid-shaped World War I memorial sits along the Hudson River, with the Manhattan skyline as its backdrop.  It is a concrete structure, painted white, sitting on a two-stepped base. 

On the front center face are three square, bronze bas-relief panels, placed in a vertical line.  The top panel features the bust of a WWI soldier; the middle the bust of a WWI sailor; the bottom panel the bust of a WWI female nurse. 

A plaque on the side of the memorial says it was built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1935-36.  On the front, horizontally beneath the above panels, are plaques listing the names of the workers. 

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000587.

Photo courtesy of:  World War I Centennial Commission website