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World War I Memorial

Spirit of the American Doughboy

 
 
World War I Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, February 9, 2008
1. World War I Memorial Marker
Inscription.
Dedicated to
The men and women
of the Seventh Ward
Lancaster, PA.
who by their patriotism
courage and devotion
helped win
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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Spirit of the American Doughboy - E. M. Viquesney marker series.
 
Location. 40° 1.968′ N, 76° 17.607′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on South Ann Street 0 miles south of Juniata Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is now back in front of Edward Hand Middle School, where it was originally placed in 1925. Marker is at or near this postal address: 431 S Ann St., Lancaster PA 17602, United States of America.
 
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); Fulton Opera House
Full view of monument. image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, February 9, 2008
2. Full view of monument.
This Spirit of the American Doughboy statue, by E. M. Viquesney, is six foot high on a five foot tall base.
(approx. 0.6 miles 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 marker. 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.
Marker is in front of Stahr Armory image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, February 9, 2008
3. Marker is in front of Stahr Armory
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 . . .
1. 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 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 is believed to have been moved to the current location sometime before 1970. By 1986 it had lost its right hand and grenade. They were restored, and the statue currently appears to be in very good condition. (Submitted on February 12, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Lancaster Doughboy Moved Back to Original South Anne St. Location. The Lancaster Doughboy was moved back to its original Seventh Ward location on South Anne Street on June 12, 2013. (Submitted on June 13, 2013, by Les Kopel of Oxnard, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 11, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,382 times since then and 37 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.
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