The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
District of Columbia War Memorial
”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 as the District of Columbia World War Memorial.
Photo caption, lower left:
Background image of the memorial dedication, November 11, 1931 [Courtesy of the National Archives.]
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.
Erected 2013 by U.S. Dept. of the Interior: National Park Service.
Location. 38° 53.222′ N, 77° 2.625′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Independence Avenue, SW west of 17th Street, NW, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. District of Columbia World War Memorial (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Japanese Cherry Trees (about 600 feet away); A Symbol of International Friendship (about 700 feet away); Japanese Stone Lantern - Lighting the Way Korean War Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Paul Jones Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); World War II Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
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"
Categories. • 20th Century • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 452 times since then and 11 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.