Whittier World War I Memorial (CA)

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Information

Title

Whittier World War I Memorial (CA)

Date

dedicated May 30, 1921

Description

The unusual Whittier World War I Memorial comprises a concrete rostrum with a plaque at front listing 18 Whittier war dead and, behind the rostrum, 15 connected concrete chairs in a line. The names on the plaque may have been added in three tranches. The first twelve are alphabetical; then the next three; then the final three. It is conceivable, but not certain, that each chair was intended to represent one of the 15 Whittier dead known at the time of the memorial's construction and that the final three names were added to the plaque at a later time.

Sponsored by the Whittier Women's Club, the memorial was unveiled on Memorial Day, 1921. It is located in Rose Hills Cemetery (near Gate 14). A Pasadena Independent article from 1959 described the memorial as "the site of the annual Whittier area Memorial Day program, where thousands of men and women gather to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for their country in all wars." The incorporation of a rostrum and chairs into the memorial was obviously intended to make it the site of such gatherings.

The memorial is in need of conservation, especially several of the badly deteriorated concrete chairs.

Location

3888 Workman Mill Rd
Whittier, Los Angeles County, California

Contributing Institution

Courtland Jindra and Melissa Angert