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

Peace Cross

“This Memorial Cross”


— 1917–1918 —

This Memorial Cross Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
1. This Memorial Cross Marker
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
West Side of Cross image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
2. West Side of Cross
This side has the marker on it.
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peace. We shall fight for the things we have always carried nearest our hearts. To such a task we dedicate our lives. —Woodrow Wilson.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, World I. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #28 Woodrow Wilson series list.
Location. 38° 56.362′ N, 76° 56.454′ W. Marker is in Bladensburg, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Memorial 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. Marker is in the middle of the interchange, and referred to by locals as Peace Cross. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bladensburg MD 20710, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bladensburg.
Also see . . .  Judge: Forty-foot cross is not a government endorsement of religion
West Side of Cross image. 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.
. 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 commentary.
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, 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.

Additional keywords. Bladensburg Cross
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 5, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,674 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 5, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.

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