The First Division Monument In Green

Cora Wandel

Washington, D.C., United States

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This is the First Division Monument, which honors the soldiers who died while serving in the 1st Infantry Division of the United States Army beginning with World War I, and subsequent wars including World War II, Vietnam and Desert Storm. The tall pillar of the monument is made of pink Milford granite and is topped with a golden figure of a woman known as Lady Victory (or Lady Fame) holding a trumpet and wreath, symbols of victory. Cass Gilbert was the architect of the monument, and sculptor Daniel Chester French made the Lady Victory statue. The monument is 78 feet tall, and Lady Victory is the top 15 feet. The First Division Monument was dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge on October 4, 1924. It is located in President’s Park, to the immediate west of the White House grounds and south of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on 17th Street in Washington, DC.

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