Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Friday, January 15, 2016

Big Announcement Coming Soon: The National World War One Memorial Concept and Design Team

On Monday, 25 January 2016, an event that your editor has hoped for these past 30 years will take place. The design concept and team for America's long-overdue World War One Memorial will be announced. General Barry McCaffrey USA (Ret.) issued this statement in support of the project and the design teams:

There is a good argument that World War One, this immense tragedy that ended empires, changed the political and economic map of the world, was one of the most senseless wars that was ever fought, and arguably one of the most consequential.  At the end of the day this is about American soldiers, sailors, Marines, the beginning of the Army Air Corps, and how they ended the war.  We need you to support the Commission so these service men and women get the recognition they deserve.

We thank you all for your time in this effort! We can't hope to truly commemorate the centennial of WWI without your help in every state across the country!

Barry McCaffrey, General, USA (Ret.)

Here are the five competing final designs.


  1. Don't ever forget the other National WWI Memorial, which has been in Kansas City, MO, since it was dedicated by President Coolidge in 1926.

    1. I agree Dennis. I know the WW1 Museum at Liberty Memorial very well. What a wonderful tribute to our veterans and our country and allies as well.

  2. Good designs indeed. Looking forward to the final choice.