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The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission
and Doughboy Foundation
Proudly Announce The

Please join The World War I Centennial Commission and The Doughboy Foundation on Friday, September 13, 2024 at sundown for the First Illumination of "A Soldier's Journey," the magnificent bronze sculpture that will serve as the centerpiece of the National World War I Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue. The event is open to the public.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2024
7:15PM ET
NATIONAL WORLD WAR I MEMORIAL
14TH STREET AND PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW
WASHINGTON, DC

This marks the completion of the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“Across five scenes and 38 larger-than-life-size human figures, it will be nearly 60 feet long and ten feet high. And it may become the greatest memorial bronze of the modern age." - Smithsonian Magazine

The National WWI Memorial honors the heroism and sacrifice of the 4.7 million American sons and daughters who served in WWI. Their sacrifice in this war was great. In just a short 18 months the Nation raised and trained a massive fighting force. Over 2 million deployed "Over There".  204,000 Americans returned home wounded and 116,516 did not come home at all. Their service, valor and courage equalled that of veterans from later wars and now at last our WWI veterans are being remembered in our Nation's capital.

National WW1 Memorial in Washington DC - Flythrough from July 19, 2018
The National WWI Memorial in Washington DC

The above animation represents the final concept as approved by the U.S.Commission of Fine Arts on September 19, 2019 and by the National Capital Planning Commission on October 3rd, signaling the completion of the Memorial design phase.

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The WWI Memorial Construction Time Lapse
Construction launched on December 12, 2019 and was accomplished during a raging global pandemic with its associated challenges of supply chain, labor and safety.
These time lapse videos salute those whose dedication, sweat and toil manifest this tribute to our Doughboys under difficult circumstances, to honor the men and women who served in the name of Liberty and Freedom just over a century ago.
Construction Video
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First Colors for 2024 home page
First Colors Ceremony
On April 16, 2021, with basic construction completed, and though the main sculpture was not yet ready, an Inaugural Raising of the Flag of the United States over the National World War I Memorial opened the venue to the public.
Joe Weishaar video
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THANK YOU
To everyone who has helped make this Memorial possible.
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