The Landmarks Illinois WWI Monuments of Illinois Database contains detailed information on World War I monuments and memorials throughout the state. At the time of publishing the database in November 2021, the database contained more than 300 WWI monuments, such as doughboy statues, plaques, sculptures and public spaces dedicated to honoring those who served in the Great War.
The unique database is the result of a years-long survey of existing WWI monuments throughout the state, made possible through generous financial support from the Pritzker Military Foundation. In 2017, in preparation for the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into WWI, Landmarks Illinois launched the statewide survey to better learn about the remaining WWI monuments in Illinois. In partnership with Landmarks Illinois Director of Reinvestment Suzanne Germann, former Landmarks Illinois Regional Advisor, the late Steve Thompson of Mattoon, and preservation consultant Matt Seymour, conducted the comprehensive survey of WWI monuments throughout Illinois.
(Pictured: Gold Star Memorial in Riverside. Left to right: Tom Sisulak, Commander of Sons of American Legion Post #488; Bonnie McDonald, Landmarks Illinois President & CEO; Joseph Baar Topinka, Commander of American Legion Post #488; Jim Connelly, Vice Commander of Sons of American Legion Post #488; Suzanne Germann, Landmarks Illinois Director of Reinvestment. Credit: Pivot Photography)Explore the WWI Monuments of Illinois Database