First Division Monument


The monument was conceived by the Society of the First Division, the veteran's organization of the U.S. Army's First Division, to commemorate the lives of members of the division who died during World War I. The stately column surmounted by an allegorical statue of Victory was dedicated on October 4, 1924, and was the first memorial built in Washington, DC, in honor of the valiant efforts of the soldiers who fought in World War I. Later additions to the monument commemorate the lives of First Division soldiers who fought in subsequent wars.  Cass Gilbert was the architect of the original memorial, and Daniel Chester French was the sculptor of the Victory statue.

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