Ruppersberger Praises Designation of Fort Meade World War I Memorial as Part of 100 Cities/100 Memorials Initiative
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) today released the following statement on the designation of the Fort George G. Meade World War I Memorial as one of the first 50 “WWI Centennial Memorials” through 100 Cities/100 Memorials.
“Over 400,000 soldiers were trained at Fort Meade after they were drafted during World War I. It is an incredible honor for the monument to receive this designation which will help preserve the history of Fort Meade’s ties to the Great War. Over 62,000 Marylanders bravely served in the war and this monument belongs to them and the nearly 2,000 Marylanders who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. I applaud efforts to preserve and protect this and similar monuments across the country for future generations.”
The 100 Cities/100 Memorials project aims to highlight United States WWI memorials and encourage public access across America to the WWI Centennial Commemoration. Due to weather exposure, lack of maintenance, and in some cases, vandalism, many of the memorials highlighted by the Commission have begun to deteriorate. As a result, the Pritzky Military Museum & Library and the World War I Centennial Commission have contributed $200,000 in matching funds for future maintenance, with further support from the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign War. These restoration efforts will also help garner public awareness of our nation’s service members and the lasting effects of World War I on global society.
All 100 recipients of Commission funds will receive a matching grant of $2,000 for restoration projects and be officially designated by the United States World War One Centennial Commission as a WWI Centennial Memorial.