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War Memorial

 
 
War Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 16, 2008
1. War Memorial Marker
Inscription. "It is a fearful thing to lead this great, peaceful people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars, civilization itself seeming to be in the balance. But the right is more precious than the peace, and we shall fight for the things which we have always carried nearest to our hearts..." Woodrow Wilson, April 2, 1917

Deeply moved by the unprecedented enormity of World War I (1914-1918), the citizens of Baltimore and Maryland erected this War Memorial in 1925 to honor those Marylanders who fell in the defense of Freedom. The austere, neo-classical design was the work of the prominent Baltimore architect Laurence Hall Fowler. Inside on the marble walls of a large auditorium are the names of the 1752 Marylanders killed in the War. At the west end of the auditorium is an allegorical mural depicting "A Sacrifice to Patriotism" by Baltimore artist R. McGill Mackall. The two stone horses flanking the front terrace represent the "Might of America crossign the seas to aid our Allies. They were sculpted by Edmond R. Amateis of New York.

In 1977, the War Memorial was rededicated to honor all Marylanders who lost their lives in America's wars since World War I.
 
Erected by the City of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, Mayor, rededicated 2005, Martin O'Malley, Mayor.
North entrance to the War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 16, 2008
2. North entrance to the War Memorial
Marker is to the left of the door.

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.468′ N, 76° 36.505′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on East Lexington Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles H. Dorsey, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); James Cardinal Gibbons (within shouting distance of this marker); Boundary Lines of Baltimore Town (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baltimore City Fire Department (about 300 feet away); Dr. Hiltgunt Margret Zassenhaus (about 400 feet away); A Tribute to Our Unsung Heroes (about 400 feet away); Discover Holliday Street: A Stage for Culture, Politics, and Worship (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
More about this marker. The marker features an illustration of "Troops on parade on Holliday Streeet."
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsWar, World I
 
War Memorial Building image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten
3. War Memorial Building
Martin B-26 in front of War Memorial Building during WW II image. Click for full size.
circa Abt 1943
4. Martin B-26 in front of War Memorial Building during WW II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,891 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   3. submitted on September 24, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   4. submitted on November 29, 2012, by Charles Harden, MD of Helena, Georgia.
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