UrbaNerd: Remembering WWI in NYC 99 Years after U.S. Jumped In

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Dawn of Glory, a WWI memorial statue in Highland Park.

Eden, Janine and Jim

Dawn of Glory, a WWI memorial statue in Highland Park.

Wednesday marks the 99th anniversary of the United States entering World War I. Few areas of my understanding of world history are as weak as my grasp on why people killed each other in large numbers between July 1914 and November 1919.

What’s clear is that New York City paid a fairly steep price for it: More than 7,400 dead, according to the database maintained by the New York State Military Museum.

In light of that, the city boasts at least seven World War I memorials, according to the Parks Department.

The World War I Centennial Committee is beginning to prepare for next year’s larger anniversary.

In the meantime, below is a list of New York City casualties culled from the larger Military Museum roster.

  • native new yorker

    There is a WW1 memorial on New Dorp Lane & Richmond Road. It was placed there by the Richmond County chapter of the daughters of the American Revolution.

  • native new yorker

    There is a WW1 commemorative plaque on Staten Island at New Dorp Lane & Richmond Road.