The District of Columbia War Memorial

<i><small>Courtesy of Janet McFarland</small></i>
Courtesy of Janet McFarland

The District of Columbia War Memorial honors the District's citizens who served in World War I.

Located on the National Mall along Independence Avenue, the District of Columbia War Memorial was erected in 1931, after being authorized by an act of Congress on June 7, 1924. President Herbert Hoover dedicated the memorial as part of a commemoration of Armistice Day November 11, 1931.

As the only local District memorial on the National Mall, it honors the citizens of the District of Columbia who served in World War I. Encased in the cornerstone of the structure is a list of the 26,000 DC citizens who served. The names of the 499 citizens killed while serving in the Great War are inscribed on the base of the monument.

The National Park Service administers the memorial under the National Mall and Memorial Parks unit.

DCDAR's Contribution

On a regular basis, the District of Columbia Daughters of the American Revolution visits the memorial and honors the fallen World War I soldiers of the District of Columbia and all those who served through wreath-layings and memorial services.

An ongoing project of the DCDAR is the cataloguing of each name inscribed upon the monument, sharing the stories and sacrifices of the individuals honored. The names of the 499 killed are listed below. Biographical information and pictures will continue to be added to this site, so check back regularly.

District of Columbia World War I Fallen Soldiers

 

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