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The DC World War I Memorial, a small marble bandshell in West Potomac Park, honors the 26,000 local women and men who served in World War I, including 535 who died in the conflict. The memorial was funded with contributions from DC residents, including federal workers and schoolchildren. The memorial, a Peristyle Doric temple, was completed in 1931 and is the only memorial on the National Mall featuring local history. Henry Chapman Gilbert, an African American, was the first person from Washington to enlist in the armed forces.


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