Hopewell, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Virginia’s First World War I Monument
This story board was made possible by the generosity of the Hopewell Rotary Club and the City of Hopewell.
Erected 1921 by American Legion.
Topics. This historical marker monument is listed in this topic list: War, World I. A significant historical year for this entry is 1921.
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1507 Lynchburg St, Hopewell VA 23860, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Army of the James Monument (approx. ¾ mile away); Cpl Philip R Smith (approx. ¾ mile away); Pvt. John G. Smith City Point National Cemetery (approx. ¾ mile away); A National Cemetery System (approx. ¾ mile away); In Honor of Those Who Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice (approx. ¾ mile away); "Captain Francis Eppes Making Friends with the Appomattox Indians" (approx. ¾ mile away); Peter Francisco (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hopewell.
More about this monument. "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 for many generations to come."
Murals, Monuments and Statues of Hopewell, Virginia.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 938 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.