World War I Memorial

Intersection of W. Main St. and S. Gilbert St., Danville, Illinois

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Circa 1923

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Inscriptions

Front:

Whereas: it is the desire of the City of Danville to erect some permanent structure as a Monument and Memorial to the Gallant Soldiers and Sailors of Danville who participated in the World’s War of 1914 and 1918 , and Whereas: the bridge over the Vermilion River at Gilbert Street in said City needs to be replaced Therefore: be it resolved by the City Council of Danville Illinois that a new bridge be built over the Vermilion River at Gilbert Street in said City Said bridge to be a Monument and memorial to our Soldiers as set forth in the Preamble hereof and to be known as “The Victory Bridge.”

Adopted March 10, 1919

Back: They made the Supreme Sacrifice. Proudly you gathered rank on rank to war as who had heard God’s message from afar. All you had hoped for all you had. You gave to save mankind Yourselves you scorned to save.

Names of Danville's 54 area men who died in WWI are inscribed around the sides of the base.

Update Log 

  • September 4, 2010: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • September 2, 2010: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • August 14, 2010: New Street View added by Jacob P. Bernard
  • July 12, 2010: Added by Jacob P. Bernard

Sources 

  • Jacob P. Bernard