World War I monument in Lynchburg to be moved to new location
By Rachael Smith
via the Lynchburg News and Advance newspaper (VA) web site
A World War I monument at E.C. Glass High School will be moved this month to a new location at Jones Memorial Library, just a half-mile down Memorial Avenue.
At 2 p.m. Nov. 6 at Jones Memorial Library, the Lynchburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a rededication ceremony revealing the monument at its new home, combined with a program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknowns.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, which was dedicated in 1921.
The monument has provided a final resting place for one of America’s unidentified World War I service members, and Unknowns from later wars were added in 1958 and 1984. The Tomb also has served as a place of mourning and a site for reflection on military service.
Sue Reeves, honorary regent and chair of commemorative events within the Lynchburg chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, said the anniversary was the chapter’s impetus to do a commemoration over Veterans Day weekend and to unveil the monument at the same time.
She said DAR had wanted to move the monument for a while due to its lack of visibility.
“Nobody knows it’s there, lost on the ground to E.C. Glass, and people just drive by and they don’t see it,” she said.
Ted Delaney, director of the Lynchburg Museum System, said the DAR’s WWI monument was initially sited along Memorial Avenue on what would later become E.C. Glass High School grounds.
It was placed near the road in between the “avenue of trees” planted along the road in 1920 to commemorate the WWI dead, he said.
“The monument honors the 42 local men who died in World War I — or as they called it, ‘the World War,’” Delaney said. “Interestingly, the list of names on the plaque is racially integrated, unlike the listing on Monument Terrace behind the ‘Listening Post’ statue.”
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