A project to mark the war's centennial by assembling an online inventory of World War I memorials and monuments in the United States.
In the aftermath of World War I, Americans erected thousands of memorials throughout the country to commemorate US participation. Many were the work of the leading sculptors, artists,
and architects of the day; others, such as simple honor rolls, were more modest but no less heartfelt. Sadly, as we approach the war’s centennial, these memorials and their original purpose – to honor in perpetuity the more than four million Americans who served in the war and the more than 116,000 who died – have largely been forgotten. Many of the memorials have fallen into disrepair through neglect, theft, or vandalism.
The World War I Memorial Inventory Project is a volunteer-based effort to assemble a comprehensive, online record of World War I memorials and monuments in the United States. Its mission is to promote the documentation, preservation, appreciation, and interpretation of these memorials, and in so doing, to raise the profile of World War I in American public consciousness.
The World War I Memorial Inventory Project has been formally endorsed by the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.