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Bladensburg in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Peace Cross

“This Memorial Cross”

 
 
This Memorial Cross Marker Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
1. This Memorial Cross Marker
Inscription. 1917–1918. This memorial cross dedicated to the heroes of Prince George’s County, Maryland, who lost their lives in the Great War for the liberty of the world.

Albert N. Baden, Henry H. Boswell, Herman E. Burgess, Clarence Butler, Vincent G. Cooley, James Cooper, Matthew Curtin, H. Irvin Dennison, Wilmer A. Disney, Joseph B. Edelen, George W. Farmer, Thomas N. Fenwick, Edward H. Fletcher, Joseph Henry Ford, Ernest O. Garner, Milton E. Hartman, Thomas E. Hawkins, Frank Holmes, Henry Lewis Hulbert, Charles F. Huntemann, William Lee, E. Pendleton Magruder, E. Monshuer Maxwell, Clarence McCausland, Lee Earle Merson, Howard H. Morro, Isaac Parker, James F. Quisenberry, William Redmond, Frank Richmond, Harry P. robinson, Theodore Rochester, Frank C. Rorabuagh, Robert C. Rusk, John H. Seaburn, Edward Shoults, Albert Smith, Maurice B. Snyder, John A. Sprigg, Pierre O. Stevens, Kenneth P. Strawn, William A. Tayman, Elmer Thomas, Benjamin E. Thompson, Herbert Page Tolson, Elzie Ellis Turner, Herbert J. White, Walter E. Wilson, Herman Winter
Valor • Endurance • Courage • Devotion

The right is more precious than peace. We shall fight for the things we have always carried nearest our hearts. To such a task we dedicate our lives. —Woodrow Wilson.
 
Location.
West Side of Cross Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
2. West Side of Cross
This side has the marker on it.
38° 56.362′ N, 76° 56.454′ W. Marker is in Bladensburg, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue (U.S. 1) and Annapolis Road (Maryland Route 450), on the left when traveling south on Baltimore Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in the middle of the interchange, and referred to by locals as Peace Cross. Marker is in this post office area: Bladensburg MD 20710, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World War II Honor Roll (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Undaunted In Battle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Road to the Capital (about 500 feet away); Bladensburg Monuments (about 600 feet away); British Advance (about 600 feet away); George Washington House (about 600 feet away); Indian Queen Tavern (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Bladensburg.
 
Also see . . .  Judge: Forty-foot cross is not a government endorsement of religion. 2015 Washington Post article by Matt Zapotosky. This article describes the ruling that ended the controversy over this monument. (Submitted on December 2, 2015.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Peace Cross
Growing up in this area, in the 1940’s and ’50’s this area was known as “Peace Cross.” The intersection was known as the Crossroads,
West Side of Cross Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
3. West Side of Cross
The cross makes an impressive sight from all sides when approaching the MD-202 and MD-450 intersection.
as was a Bar/Lounge there (not unlike the building in picture 2, behind the flag). My mother sang there on weekends. Also in the intersection was “The Honor Roll” memorial.
    — Submitted February 5, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
Categories. War, World I
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,814 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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