Thursday, March 1, 2012

District of Columbia War Memorial

The 499 people memorialized here were District residents who fought and died during World War I. It was dedicated in 1921 and recently underwent a cleaning and landscaping project. It is distinctly a DC memorial (built and paid for by the District), but city and federal officials have long discussed whether it makes sense to share custody, or relegate upkeep and maintenance to one entity entirely. The DC World War I Memorial (as it is more commonly known) is located on Independence Avenue NW, north of the Martin Luther King Jr National Memorial and just west of 17th Street NW.