World War I Memorials

Memorials honoring those who served in the First World War can be found throughout the Archdiocese of New York, although the type of memorials vary. In many instances, churches issued honor roll plaques, some listing all who served, while others just listing those who died. Other parishes dedicated monuments outside the churches like flag poles, statuary, and other stone memorials to honor the dead. Chapels and other types of living memorials, physical places in use, were dedicated in memory of the First World War. Less traditional memorials such as tree plantings and stained glass windows can also be found throughout the Archdiocese. The diversity of memorials in the Archdiocese reflects the general notion of remembering the First World War and how each community had their own way of remembering. Some memorials lived on the church grounds, while others were erected in nearby cemeteries.

Locating memorials throughout the Archdiocese of New York is an ongoing process. Click through the map below to learn more about the known memorials. It is our hope to continue adding to the map as more  are found. If you know of any memorials from the First World War that are in your church, please let us know so we can add them to our map. Send us an email with the subject “Arch NY WWI Memorial” to archives@archny.org.

In addition to our map, we have also created a brochure that highlights the memorials.  We encourage you to download the brochure and use it as a guide to WWI in the Archdiocese of New York.  To download a copy of the World War I Catholic Memorials brochure for printing, click here.