World War I Memorial Refurbished
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Many visitors to Washington, D.C. ask about the purpose of a small stone rotunda temple nestled in the trees near Independence Avenue, one of two major thoroughfares that bound the National Mall. And some of those same visitors have asked why among memorials to the Second World War, Korean War, and Vietnam War on the Mall, there does not appear to be a memorial to the First World War.
The building actually provides a partial answer to the second question, as it is the District of Columbia War Memorial commemorating 499 District of Columbia citizens who were killed in World War I and 26,000 Washingtonians who served in that war. If smaller than the surrounding national war memorials, that is not surprising, given that it is a local, rather than national, memorial.
On November 10, 2011, a re-dedication ceremony will celebrate a year-long effort to renovate and restore the structure, originally built in 1931. The effort included fixing cracks in its stones, addressing drainage issues, and improved landscaping. Some are now calling for creation of a national World War I memorial at the site of the D.C. War Memorial.