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

Friday, November 19, 2021

Moline, Illinois, Has a Magnificent World War I Memorial

Moline, Illinois, World War I memorial is located at 630 18th Street, adjacent to the Township offices.  Around the flagpole is a sculpture by C.S. Paolo consisting of a circular grouping of bronze figures.  The figures include a soldier, an angel of glory, an angel of mourning, a boy, and father time. Another angel stands behind holding a semicircular garland. It was dedicated in 1929.

On Veterans Day 2021, Landmarks Illinois published its new comprehensive database containing more than 300 WWI monuments and memorials throughout the state. Explore the database HERE.

Thanks to Steve Miller for bringing this new resource to our attention.


  1. Can we grandparents today explain the meaning of this memorial to our children like our grandparents explained to us?

  2. Great pictures of a beautiful and moving memorial. Thank you!