The WW1 Centennial Commission’s design competition for a National WW1 Memorial at Pershing Park is nearing completion. The five second-round finalists have given their presentations and the winner will be announced on January 25; a date which coincides with the WW1CC’s tenth Commission Meeting.
Congress authorized this new national-level World War 1 Memorial in D.C. However, it will be done through an update of Pershing Park, a one-block urban park on Pennsylvania Avenue. It will not be on or connected to the Mall, as the other war memorials are.
Also, Congress did not fund the memorial; so completion of the memorial, which is expected to be +/- $25 million will be entirely dependent on individual, corporate and sponsor donations; with the Pritzker Military Museum and Library offering to match individual donations.
Readers wanting to view the five finalist concepts can find them here: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/stage-ii-design-development.html.
Readers desiring more details on the overall concept and on making a donation can find them here: https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/memorial/memorial-fundraising.html.
Readers are encouraged to make a donation in honor of the veteran of their choice; or to just make a donation.