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5 Finalist Designs for the National World War I Memorial

There’s only one worth keeping, and it’s not even in the contest.
The "Plaza to the Forgotten War" design, submitted by Andrew Cesarz and Johnsen Schmaling Architects.
The "Plaza to the Forgotten War" design, submitted by Andrew Cesarz and Johnsen Schmaling Architects. United States World War One Centennial Commission

A new memorial to those who fought in World War I could take the form of a winding pedestrian path through a garden or a plaza with framed images sunken into the ground. Or, the monument might be a series of 1,166 illuminated bronze markers. Or a plaza framed by walls with soldiers carved in bas-relief, combining features of memorials to the wars in Vietnam and Korea.

But the design that wins final approval for a National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C., likely won’t preserve much of the World War I memorial that already exists on the site chosen for the next monument to the Great War.