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Virginia’s First World War I Monument

 
 
Virginia’s First World War I Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
1. Virginia’s First World War I Monument Marker
Inscription. On Memorial Day 1921, Hopewell American Legion Post 80 dedicated the Commonwealth of Virginia’s first tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice during World War I. The monument now honors Hopewell’s fallen heroes from succeeding wars and conflicts. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 637 currently maintains the structure ensuring its survival for generations to come.

This story board was made possible by the generosity of the Hopewell Rotary Club and the City of Hopewell.
 
Erected 1921 by American Legion.
 
Location. 37° 17.69′ N, 77° 17.871′ W. Marker is in Hopewell, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Circle and South 15th Avenue, in the median on Washington Circle. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hopewell VA 23860, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Army of the James Monument (approx. ¾ mile away); Peter Francisco (approx. 0.9 miles away); Confederate Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dr. M. L. King, Jr. (approx. 0.9 miles away); John Randolph (approx.
Hopewell's World War I Monument. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
2. Hopewell's World War I Monument.
0.9 miles away); Depot Field Hospital (approx. one mile away); Weston Manor (approx. 1.1 miles away); Union Fort (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hopewell.
 
More about this marker. "Designed and erected by Hopewell American Legion Post #80, the first monument in Virginia dedicated to the men who made the supreme sacrifice in World War I, was introduced to the public on Memorial Day 1921. Post #80, organized on October 2, 1919 remained viable through the late 1950’s.

The veterans who built this wonderful monument established a “Last Man Standing Club”. Having purchased an expensive bottle of whiskey to be left sealed, the “Last Man” was sworn to set up glasses, open the bottle and drink a toast to his fallen comrades. This decades old pact was fulfilled by Augustus “Gus” Robbins in 1980, the “Last Man Standing”.

The monument has been refitted and restored over the years. The titanic columns and delicate iron grillwork pay tribute to Hopewell’s war dead, POW’s, and MIA’s from World War I to the present. VFW Post #637 currently cares for the structure ensuring that the monument will survive
WW I Artillery Piece. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
3. WW I Artillery Piece.
for many generations to come."
Murals, Monuments and Statues of Hopewell, Virginia.
 
Categories. War, World I
 
War Memorials in Washington Circle, Hopwell, Va.. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
4. War Memorials in Washington Circle, Hopwell, Va..
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 786 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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