This day we honor veterans of all of America’s wars, but especially our doughboys of the Great War, which began in 1914 and consumed a generation of men. Veterans Day was established originally by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 as “Armistice Day,” to mark the signing of the armistice that ended hostilities of the “war to end all wars” on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Over the next twenty five years, memorials would be established to those who fought in World War I. The World War I Memorial Inventory Project is attempting to document the location of those monuments across America.
The World War I Memorial Inventory Project is a volunteer-based effort to assemble a comprehensive, online record of World War I memorials and monuments in the United States. Its mission is to promote the documentation, preservation, appreciation, and interpretation of these memorials, and in so doing, to raise the profile of World War I in American public consciousness.
You can see the Mississippi memorials that have been added at the link below.
The seven memorials entered for Mississippi are in Belzoni, Jackson, Meridian, Picayune, Ripley, Starkville, Vicksburg. There are many more across the state, perhaps as many as one in each county? Harrison County has two I am aware of–one in Biloxi and one in Gulfport–while I believe there is no monument to veterans of the Great War in Jackson County. The WW1 memorial database appears to seek out memorial monuments specifically, rather than parks or open spaces that have been dedicated to World War I veterans.
If you have the day off of work today maybe consider entering another Mississippi monument to World War I veterans.
Veterans Days past…
Categories: Historic Preservation