Bladensburg in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Honoring their Service
— Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —
The large Memorial Cross in the center of the crossroads, constructed between 1919 and 1925, is dedicated to the "soldiers, sailors, and marines" who died in World War I. Memorial Cross marks the beginning of the National Defense Highway between Bladensburg and Annapolis.
A tablet installed in 1944 and updated in 1946 and 1953 honors those who died in World War II. The bronze plate reads "In Memory of the Men and Women of Prince George's County who made the supreme sacrifice that freedom might live." The fourth monument, begun in 1982, is dedicated to those who served and died in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The memorial is inscribed with "Duty, Honor, Country."
After the tragedies of September 11, 2001, the town of Bladensburg dedicated a memorial to those who died in the attacks. The inscription reads "Prince Georges County honors those who lost their lives
Erected 2014 by National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War of 1812 • War, World I • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 11, 1857.
Location. 38° 56.455′ N, 76° 56.467′ W. Marker is in Bladensburg, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Upshur Street and Alternate U.S. 1. Marker is on the north end of Bladensburg Balloon Park. 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. British Advance (here, next to this marker); The Road to the Capital (a few steps from this marker); George Washington House (a few steps from this marker); Indian Queen Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Undaunted In Battle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peace Cross (about 600 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away); World War II Honor Roll (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bladensburg.
Also see . . .
1. Peace Cross. HMdb. (Submitted on October 20, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. World War II Honor Roll. HMdb. (Submitted on October 20, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
3. Veterans Memorial. HMdb. (Submitted on October 20, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
4. Undaunted in Battle. HMdb. (Submitted on October 20, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 575 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 20, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.