District of Columbia War Memorial

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District of Columbia War Memorial

The District of Columbia War Memorial commemorates the citizens of the District of Columbia who served in World War I.

History[edit]

The memorial under restoration in 2011

As in the title, this memorial stands for WWI soldiers that fought and gave their lives. The memorial stands in West Potomac Park slightly off of Independence Avenue in a grove of trees. Authorized by an act of Congress on June 7, 1924, funds to construct the memorial were provided by the contributions of both organizations and individual citizens of the District. Construction of the memorial began in the spring of 1931, and the memorial was dedicated by President Herbert Hoover on November 11, 1931 (Armistice Day). It was the first war memorial to be erected in West Potomac Park, part of the National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial, and remains the only local District memorial on the National Mall.

Designed by Washington architect Frederick H. Brooke, with Horace W. Peaslee and Nathan C. Wyeth as associate architects, the District of Columbia War Memorial is in the form of a 47 foot (14.3 m) tall circular, domed, peristyle Doric temple. Resting on concrete foundations, the 4 foot (1.2 m) high marble base defines a platform, 43 feet 5 inches (13.2 m) in diameter, intended for use as a bandstand. Preserved in the cornerstone of the District of Columbia World War Memorial is a list of 26,000 Washingtonians who served in the Great War. Inscribed on the base are the names of the 499 District of Columbia citizens who lost their lives in the war, together with medallions representing the branches of the armed forces. Twelve 22 foot (6.7 m) tall fluted Doric marble columns support the entablature and dome.

In September 2008, Rep. Ted Poe of Texas, with the support of Frank Buckles, then the last living US veteran of World War I, proposed a bill in Congress stating the memorial should be expanded and designated the national memorial to World War I.[1][2][3]

In July 2010, the National Park Service announced that restoration work, funded by the federal stimulus package, would soon begin on the memorial.[4] Work began in October 2010,[5] and the memorial reopened on November 10, 2011.[6] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.[7]

The memorial is administered by the National Park Service under its National Mall and Memorial Parks unit.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Courson, Paul (2009-12-03). "Last U.S. veteran of World War I testifies for memorial". CNN. 
  2. ^ Henry, Beth (2009-12-04). "Buckles seeks dedication of national WWI memorial". The Journal. 
  3. ^ "Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act". OpenCongress. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  4. ^ Press, Associated (2010-07-18). "World War I memorial to get stimulus-funded makeover". Washington Times. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Renovations begin on neglected World War I memorial on National Mall". CNN. 2010-10-11. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  6. ^ "WWI memorial reopens". The Washington Post. 2011-11-03. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  7. ^ "Weekly list of actions, 7/7/14 through 7/11/14". National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 

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Coordinates: 38°53′15″N 77°2′37″W / 38.88750°N 77.04361°W / 38.88750; -77.04361