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.
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 in this post office area: Hopewell VA 23860, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Army of the James Monument (approx. ¾ mile away); Peter Francisco (approx. 0.9 miles away); Confederate Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dr. M. L. King, Jr. (approx. 0.9 miles away); John Randolph (approx. Depot Field Hospital (approx. one mile away); Weston Manor (approx. 1.1 miles away); Union Fort (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hopewell.
More about this marker. "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
Murals, Monuments and Statues of Hopewell, Virginia.
Categories. • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 835 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.