Sneak Peak: World War I Memorial

Julia LeDoux
January 02, 2019 - 2:12 pm

World War I Centennial Commission

If the partial government shutdown has you missing your monument and memorial fix, never fear. You can now take a virtual tour of the National World War I memorial planned for Washington, D.C. 


Proposed for Pershing Park on 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, the memorial is scheduled to open on Veteran’s Day, 2021. It will include sculptures of service members and a cascading fountain, according to information on the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission’s website.

RELATED: Rundown Park to become World War I Memorial

Washington is already home to memorials honoring those who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. About a decade ago, the World War I Memorial Foundation began efforts to revamp the District of Columbia's World War I Veterans Memorial in Potomac Park into a national tribute. Congress finally approved Pershing Park as the memorial's location in 2014.

"This is exactly one century overdue," said Thomas Moe, retired Air Force colonel and commissioner colonel for the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission, during a weekend of events during Veteran's Day 2018 that revealed plans for the memorial. "We're going to put it here right next to General Pershing and his memorial as well — so that when General Pershing's image stands there with his field glasses, he's looking across the way at his men." 

The animation now available on the website brings to life the memorial’s revised concept as it was reviewed and approved by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts on July 19, 2018. It includes a free-standing sculpture wall, winding paths and landscaping.

More than 4.7 million American’s wore the nation’s uniform during the “war to end all wars” and the memorial is designed to honor their service and sacrifice.

The commission is seeking to raise $40 million in funding to complete the project. You can donate to the project by clicking here.

RELATED: 'Exactly one century overdue:' the artists behind DC's new national WWI memorial

Want to get more connected to the great stories and resources Connecting Vets has to offer? Click here and sign up for our weekly newsletter