Lancaster in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
World War I Memorial
Spirit of the American Doughboy
The men and women
of the Seventh Ward
who by their patriotism
courage and devotion
The World War
1914 - 1918
for humanity, liberty and righteousness
erected by the
Citizens of the Seventh Ward
Erected 1925 by Citizens of the Seventh Ward.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, World I. In addition, it is included in the Spirit of the American Doughboy - E. M. Viquesney series list.
Location. 40° 1.968′ N, 76° 17.607′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Memorial is on South Ann Street 0 miles south of Juniata Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is now back in front of Edward Hand Middle School, where it was originally placed in 1925. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 431 S Ann St, Lancaster PA 17602, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sgt Joseph E Jackson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg (approx. half a mile away); Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg, S.T.B. (approx. half a mile away); Thaddeus Stevens (approx. half a mile away); George Ross (approx. 0.6 miles away); Colonial Mansion (approx. 0.6 miles away); James Buchanan (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Evangelic Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
More about this memorial. The Doughboy was originally dedicated November 11, 1925 at East End Junior High, now known as Edward Hand Middle School, in a ceremony in which the Lancaster Gold Star Mothers, American Legion, Knights of Malta, and students of the Junior High, played prominent roles. It was unveiled by three Gold Star Mothers, and tribute was paid to the 482 men and women of the Seventh Ward who served during the war. It was purchased with funds raised by public subscriptions of residents of the Seventh Ward, and had been in Lancaster nearly a year while an appropriate site was selected. The Doughboy was moved to the Stahr Armory location in 1962. The doughboy's arms and rifle barrel have been cut off and replaced. By 1986 it had lost its right hand and grenade. They were restored. In 1992, vandals pushed the whole sculpture off its base and onto the grass. The statue currently appears to be in very good condition.
On June 12, 2013, The statue was moved back to its original Seventh Ward neighborhood location on South Ann Street after 51 years. The Armory was put up for sale, so the statue needed be moved to City property. The Mayor and the City Arts Director, acting independently and without any public hearings, decided to return it to its original location. There is no plan for its protection other than a spotlight and (perhaps) the addition of a surveillance camera.
Regarding World War I Memorial. Now in front of Edward Hand Middle School on South Ann Street. It was formerly located at Pennsylvania National Guard Stahr Armory, 438 North Queen Street. The sculpture was moved back to its original location in front of the school on June 12, 2013. The photos show the statue at its former location in front of the armory, making them historically interesting, but now inaccurate as to location.
Also see . . . Earl D. Goldsmith's Spirit of the American Doughboy Database - Lancaster, PA. This Spirit of the American Doughboy, by E.M. Viquesney, was originally dedicated November 11, 1925 at End Junior High, later known as Hand Junior High, in a ceremony in which (Submitted on February 12, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 11, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,523 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on July 2, 2013, by Les Kopel of Oxnard, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 11, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.