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World War I Memorial Design Chosen for 2018 Completion

A replica of the World War I Memorial (Photo courtesy of the Centennial Commission).
A replica of the World War I Memorial (Photo courtesy of the Centennial Commission).

The World War I Memorial will be a three-sided wall depicting images of the so-called War to End All Wars, and will be located at Pershing Park in downtown Washington, D.C.  

At an event at the National Press Club Tuesday, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission announced their memorial of choice, “The Weight of Sacrifice ” by Chicago artist Joseph Weishaar and New York sculptor Sabin Howard. The design competition began in May 2015 and included entries from all over the world. On Jan. 6, five finalists gave their final presentations to an independent jury.  

Weishaar is a 25-year-old architect in training, according to the Centennial Commission. He received his architecture degree from the University of Arkansas in 2013.  

Construction is expected to begin in November 2017 and completed the following November. Funding for the memorial will all be privately donated, and the construction is estimated to cost between $30-35 million.  

In 2013, Congress set up the Centennial Commission and in 2014 designated the site.  

The memorial will be located in Pershing Park, named after Gen. “Black Jack” Pershing, between Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th and 15th streets NW. The park is located one block from the White House, next to the Willard Hotel and the Wilson Building, the seat of D.C. government.

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