World War I Centennial
As we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Great War, we remember those from Washington State who fought with allied forces.
More than four million American families sent their sons and daughters to serve in uniform during the Great War.
116,516 U.S. soldiers gave their lives in combat. Another 200,000 were wounded,
a casualty rate far greater than in World War II.
More than 350,000 African Americans served in the U.S. military, as did Native Americans and members of other minority groups. And, for the first time, women joined the ranks of the U.S. armed forces.
Washington State Monuments
Winged Victory Monument
The winged victory monument on Capitol Campus, honoring those who served in World War I, was first conceived in 1919. Plans were approved in 1927, soon after completion of the main buildings of Capitol Campus. It was designed by noted sculptor Alonzo Victor Lewis. The monument was dedicated in 1938. The central figure represents the Greek goddess Nike, or Victory, flanked by members of the then-three armed forces: sailor, soldier, and marine, along with a Red Cross nurse.
Listed below are a few of the World War I memorials in Washington.
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• Causland Memorial Park – Anacortes
• City Hall World War I Memorial – Arlington
• Peace Arch State Park – Blaine
• Veterans Memorial World War I – Bremerton
• Spirit of the American Doughboy – Centralia
• Road of Remembrance – Des Moines Memorial Way, Des Moines
• Stonehenge Memorial – Maryhill
• World War Monument Plaque – Mount Spokane State Park, Mead
• War Memorial – Montesano
• World War I Memorial – Okanogan
• Winged Victory Monument – Capitol Campus, Olympia
• City of Puyallup Veterans Memorial – Puyallup
• Doughboy (Bringing Home Victory) – Seattle
• Memorial Way – University of Washington Campus, Seattle
• Veterans Memorial Stadium plaque – Snohomish
• War Memorial Park – Tacoma
• Woodland Community Veterans Memorial – Woodland
• Find additional WA State Memorials here:
Events & Exhibits
- Washington's Great War, World War I in Washington Washington State Historical Society
- Museum of History and Industry - WWI America Stories from a turbulent nation - 100 years ago
Profiles & Notables
In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Charles Stann Sicade, the son of prominent Puyallup Indian and civic leader, Henry Sicade, enlisted during World War I and went off to fight in France. He returned and worked for many years in the work in the naval shipyards in Bremerton.
Deming Bronson, was a member of the 91st Division during the Muse-Argonne Offensive in 1918. Bronson was hit by a grenade blast, but continued to hold his position and helped capture an enemy trench, during which he was shot in the arm. The next day he helped lead an attack on a French village, where he was hit a third time. Later recovering, he became the only Washington resident to be awarded the Medal of Honor in World War I.
Norman Archibald, son of a prominent Washington family. Archibald enlisted in the Army air corps just days after the U.S. joined the war. He went through training and became a member of the 95th Aero Squadron in France. Shot down and captured by the Germans in 1918, he spent the rest of the war in a prison camp, while his sister became a nurse and his family tried desperately to locate him. Released at the end of the war, he later published a memoir about his experience entitled Heaven High and Hell Deep.
William John “Wee” Coyle, a star Quarterback at the University of Washington from 1904-1908, became an officer in the 91st Division and won a medal for bravery leading a night attack against German lines. Later, he was elected to the State Senate and rose to become Lieutenant Governor from 1921-1925
Monrad C. Wallgren from Everett was a proud citizen-soldier in the Washington National Guard, served in World War I and became a U.S. Representative, a U.S. Senator and the 13th Governor of Washington State
- Learn more about the First World War here.
WWI Commemoration Resources
Resources from the
Washington Secretary of State's Office
- World War I Soldiers Remembered
- Selected photos from “American armies and battlefields in Europe"
- American Battle Monuments Commission
- Soldiers of the Great War, Volume 1
- Soldiers of the Great War, Volume 2
- Soldiers of the Great War, Volume 3
- Haulsee, W. M.; Howe, F. G.; Doyle, A. C.
- Army art of World War I.
- U.S. Army Center of Military History
- 600 DAYS' SERVICE
- A History of hte 361st Infantry Regiment of the United States Army