The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
District of Columbia War Memorial
National Mall and Memorial Parks
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
”This temple will recall for all time their services and sacrifices.”
President Herbert Hoover, November 11, 1931
The Great War of 1914 to 1918 transformed the world. The war introduced lethal new technologies, inaugurated unparalleled battlefield slaughter, fostered mass genocide, took nine million lives, unleashed history’s worst epidemic, swept away four empires and redrew international boundaries. The United States participated in just the last year of World War One but lost over 125,000 men and women to combat, wounds and disease.
Donations from Washington, D.C. residents funded the design, construction and deduction of this tribute to over 26,000 Washingtonians that served in the Great War. In a manner atypical for that era, the names of the nearly 500 that died appear on this memorial in alphabetical order, regardless of rank, race, gender or ethnicity. On Armistice Day 1931, native residents such as famed band director John Philip Sousa joined with temporary residents such as President Herbert Hoover and General of the Armies John J. Pershing to dedicate what then was known
Erected 2013 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker memorial is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • War, World I. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #31 Herbert Hoover series list.
Location. 38° 53.222′ N, 77° 2.625′ W. Marker is in The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on Independence Avenue Southwest west of 17th Street Southwest, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Japanese Cherry Trees (about 600 feet away); The 1912 Cherry Tree Plantings (about 700 feet away); A Symbol of International Friendship (about 700 feet away); Lighting the Way (about 700 feet away); Korean War Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Canada's Gift to the United States (approx. ¼ mile away); John Paul Jones Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
More about this memorial.
Photo caption, lower left:
Background image of the memorial dedication, November 11, 1931 [Courtesy of the National Archives.]
Photo caption, upper right:
National Park Service Photo
Throughout 2011, the National Park Service restored the memorial and rehabilitated the adjacent landscape to reflect the 1930s period of significance. The project also featured replacement of the lighting system and fabrication of a reproduction bronze lid (above), missing from the chamber floor since the 1980s.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This maker has replaced the linked marker.
Also see . . . Frank W. Buckles: last living American veteran of World War I [born 1 Feb 1901 - died 27 Feb 2011]. - a leader in the cause of transforming the present "District of Columbia War Memorial" into the official "U.S. National World War I Memorial." (Submitted on August 27, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Formerly: the "District of Columbia World War Memorial." Frank Woodruff Buckles - the last of the "Doughboys"
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 582 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 27, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4. submitted on August 31, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • William J. Toman was the editor who published this page.