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The United States World War One Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Announce the First 50 official “WWI Centennial Memorials” through 100 Cites/100 Memorials
With support from The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, 100 Cities/100 Memorials Will Recognize 100 World War I Memorials Across the United States
CHICAGO (September 27, 2017) – The World War One Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, in partnership with The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, today announced the first 50 memorials officially designated as WWI Centennial Memorials. The memorials are in 28 different states and each will receive a $2,000 matching grant funds towards the restoration and maintenance of these memorials through 100 Cities/100 Memorials.
The 100 Cities/100 Memorials was created to help draw attention to WWI memorials across the United States and enables all of America to take part in the WWI Centennial Commemoration. Many of these World War I war memorials have deteriorated due to exposure to the elements, neglect and even vandalism and all require maintenance. Two-hundred thousand dollars in matching funds have been allocated by the World War One Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, with additional support from The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War, to restore these memorials back to their physical beauty and to help actively raise public awareness of those who served and of the effect this global conflict still has on today’s society. These community treasures are a tangible connection to the profound impact this war had on local towns and cities, securing an important place in military history.
“More than 4 million American families sent their sons and daughters to serve in uniform during World War I, 116,516 U.S. soldiers died in the war and another 200,000 were wounded,” said Terry Hamby, commissioner of the United States World War One Centennial Commission. “100 Cities/100 Memorials is a critically important initiative that will have an impact beyond these grants. These memorials represent an important part of remembering our past and preserving our culture.”
A second round of submission period will be open from September 27, 2017 through January 15, 2018 at http://bit.ly/2iqqDR6. Valid applications not selected during the first round of awards will be rolled over to the second phase for consideration. 100 Cites/100 Memorials plans to announce the remaining 50 WWI Centennial Memorials on April 6, 2018, the anniversary of the U.S. entry to WWI. All 100 recipients will receive a matching grant of $2,000 for memorial restorations and be officially designated by the United States World War One Centennial Commission as a WWI Centennial Memorial. Memorials must be completed by Veterans Day, November 11, 2018, the one-hundred-year anniversary of the day that WWI fighting ceased, leading to the end of the war.
“By designating 100 WWI memorials across the nation, we believe the breadth and scope of this initiative will have a ripple effect beyond these 100 centennial memorials,” said Kenneth Clarke, president and CEO of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library and founding partner of the Centennial Commission. “By restoring these monuments and memorials —whether it is a simple project like landscaping, cleaning, or making significant repairs—as a nation, we honor the names of those who served and the history of the communities where they lived.”
The first 50 projects due to receive the WWI Centennial Memorial designation and funding include:
|Name of Memorial||Organization/Team||City||State|
|‘The Survivor’ WWI War
|“Over the Top to Victory” Doughboy Statue (Missoula County, MT)||Missoula County||Missoula||MT|
|“Spiritualized Life” sculpture located in Memorial Park, Jacksonville, Florida||Memorial Park Association, Inc.||Jacksonville||FL|
|Baldwin (NY) WWI Memorial||American Legion Post # 246 & Community||Baldwin||NY|
|Berkeley, California World War I Commemorative Plaque (circa 1923)||Berkeley Historical Plaque Project||Berkeley||CA|
|Brown County Texas WWI Memorial||Central Texas Veterans Memorial, Inc||Brownwood||TX|
|Burlington City Sons of the American Legion Rock of the Marne||BC Rocks of the Marne||Burlington||NJ|
|Cape May Soldier and Sailors Monument||Greater Cape May
|Cape May City||NJ|
|Carmel-by-the-Sea World War I Memorial Arch||American Legion Post 512||Carmel-by-the-Sea||CA|
|Chinese Americans Veterans Memorial||VFW Post 4618 & American Legion, Cathay Post #384 & SF Recreation & Parks Department||San Francisco
|Doughboy Statue||Morton Grove Historical Society||Morton Grove||IL|
|Dover Patrol War Memorial – City of New York||City of New York, NYC Parks, Art & Antiquities||Brooklyn||NY|
|Fort George G. Meade WWI Memorial||Descendants & Friends of the 314thInfantry A.E.F.||Ft. Meade||MD|
|Gold Star Memorial at Guthrie Park, Riverside, IL||American Legion Post 488 and Village of Riverside||Riverside||IL|
|Gosman Statue||American Legion Post #20||Dillon||MT|
|Harvard World War I Monument||War Monument Restoration Committee, Town of Harvard, MA||Harvard||MA|
|Highbridge War Memorial Doughboy Plaque Replication||City of New York, NYC Parks, Art & Antiquities||Bronx||NY|
|Hudson World War One Memorial||Peninsula Architects||Hudson||OH|
|Jacob Cousins Memorial Renovation Project||Friends of the Eastern Promenade||Portland||ME|
|Jenkintown Borough WW1 Monument||Jenkintown War Monument Restoration Committee||Jenkintown||PA|
|John Burke Memorial Park- Polk County Gold Star Monument||Iowa World War I Centennial Committee||Des Moines||IA|
|Memorial Belltower||Rear Admiral Ralph E. Suggs, U.S. Navy (Ret.) NCSU, Douglas G. Morton, U.S. Navy (Ret.) NCSU||Raleigh||NC|
|Memorial Grove at Green Hill Park||Green Hill Park Coalition Inc. and The City of Worcester, Massachusetts||Worcester||MA|
|Memorial Park||Stewards of Memorial Park||Mobile||AL|
|Memorial Tablet at Victory Memorial Grove||Los Angeles – Eschscholtzia Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter of Southern California||Los Angeles||CA|
|Miantonomi Memorial Park Tower||Miantonomi Memorial Park Commission; City of Newport, RI; American Legion Newport Post 7; Newport Open Space Partnership||Newport||RI|
|Muskogee Doughboy||Reverend John Robinson Chapter, NSDAR, Muskogee Doughboy Restoration Project||Muskogee||OK|
|Ninth Ward victory Arch||Monumental Task Committee, Inc.||New Orleans||LA|
|Pierson World War l Monument||Harrison F. Pedersen Post 291, The American Legion||Pierson||IA|
|Rutherford World War l Memorial||Borough of Rutherford||Rutherford||NJ|
|Sgt. Alvin C. York Gravesite||Sgt. York Patriotic Foundation and Jamestown Rotary Club||Pall Mall||TN|
|Soldiers and Sailors Memorial||Friends of Wilmington Parks, Inc.||Wilmington||DE|
|Soldiers Memorial Military Museum||Missouri Historical Society||St. Louis||MO|
|Spirit of the American Doughboy||Sculpture Valley||Appleton||WI|
|The Spirit of the American Doughboy||Village of Swanton||Swanton||OH|
|The World War Memorial||VFW, Pacific Post 968||Raymond||WA|
|Trafford World War l||Trafford Veterans Memorial Renovation Committee||Trafford||PA|
|USS Tampa Memorial Window||USS Tampa 100 Committee||Tampa||FL|
|Veterans of World War l of the U.S.A Monument||Arizona Statewide World War l Memorials and Monuments Restoration Team||Phoenix||AZ|
|Victory Eagle WWl Memorial||KU Endowment Association||Lawrence||KS|
|Victory Memorial||Friends of the 370th INF Regiment||Chicago||IL|
|Village of Glen Carbon WWl Seaton/Trenatz Doughboy Statue||Glen Carbon Historical Museum Commission||Glen Carbon||IL|
|War memorial Natatorium||Hawaii WWl Centennial Commemoration Task Force||Honolulu||HI|
|Wheaton Illinois WWl Obelisk||Wheaton Park District||Wheaton||IL|
|Winnetka Cenotaph Memorial||New Trier Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4831||Winnetka||IL|
|Word War l Memorial||Village of Ridgewood||Ridgewood||NJ|
|World War l Doughboy Memorial||Althenthal-Joerns American LegionPost 158||Jackson||MO|
|World War l Memorial Fountain||West Tennessee Great War Project||Jackson||TN|
|World War l Monument||Borough of Danville||Danville||PA|
|WWl dough boy monument||Weber County Historical Society and American Legion Post 9 Ogden Utah||Ogden||UT|
For more information about the 100 Cities/100 Memorials, to view an official project timeline or to find out more about the application process, visit http://bit.ly/2iqqDR6. To learn more about the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, visit http://www.pritzkermilitary.orgor @PritzkerMilitaryLibrary on Facebook. Information about the challenge can also be found on The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars websites.
About the World War I Centennial CommissionThe Commission was established by the World War I Centennial Commission Act, passed by the 112th Congress and signed by President Barack Obama on January 16, 2013, and is responsible for planning, developing and executing programs, projects, and activities to commemorate the centennial of World War I. The mission is to educate the country’s citizens about the causes, courses and consequences of the war; honor the heroism and sacrifice of those Americans who served, and commemorate the Great War through public programs and initiatives. To learn more about the Commission activities, visit ww1cc.org/tools.To further the mission, the Commission is leading the effort to build the National World War I Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, D.C. to honor the 4.7 million American Veterans who served. To learn more about the Memorial, visit ww1cc.org/memorial.The Commission’s founding sponsor is the Pritzker Military Museum and Library (PMML) in Chicago, Illinois. The PMML is a nonpartisan research institution dedicated to enhancing public understanding of military history and the sacrifices made by America’s veterans and service members. To learn more about PMML, visit www.pritzkermilitary.org.
About the Pritzker Military Museum & Library
Founded in 2003, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, located in downtown Chicago, is a nonprofit center where citizens and soldiers come together to learn about military history and affairs. The Museum & Library features an extensive collection of books, programs, artifacts, and rotating exhibits covering many eras and branches of the military. Programs include a lending library, the archives, recorded TV shows, podcasts and oral histories, and museum exhibits. To learn more about the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, visit www.pritzkermilitary.org or @PritzkerMilitaryLibrary on Facebook.
About The American Legion
The nation’s largest wartime veterans organization, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans care and rehabilitation, Americanism and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 14,000 posts across the nation. www.Legion.org.
About the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW)
The VFW is a nonprofit veterans service organization composed of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. The VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to veterans service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs.