DC War Memorial
The District of Columbia War Memorial commemorates the citizens of the District
of Columbia who served in World War I. The memorial stands in West Potomac
Park slightly off of Independence Ave 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 Nov 11, 1931 (Armistice Day).
It was the first war memorial to be erected in West Potomac Park, and remains
the only local District memorial on the National Mall.
Designed by Washington architect Fredeirck 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 tall circular, domed, peristyl Doric
temple. Resting on concrete foundations, the 4 foot high marble base defines
a platform, 43 feet 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 tall fluted Doric marble columns support the
entablature and dome.
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The District of Columbia War Memorial
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