American Expeditionary Forces Memorial

The American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) Memorial, located on Pennsylvania Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, NW in Washington D.C., commemorates the two million American military personnel, ,who made up the AEF of World War I, and the Commander in Chief, General of the Armies John J. Pershing.

It consists of a stone plaza 52 feet by 75 feet, an 8-foot statue of General Pershing on a stone pedestal, a stone bench facing the statue and two 10-foot high walls, one along the south side of the memorial area and one along the east. The south wall contains two battle maps with appropriate inscriptions. Inscribed on the reverse side of the east wall is General Pershing's tribute to the officers and men of the AEF:

In their devotion, their valor, and in the loyal fulfillment of their obligations,
the officers and men of the American Expeditionary Forces
have left a heritage of whom those who follow may ever be proud.

The AEF Memorial was established by ABMC, but is now administered by the National Park Service.

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Established by Congress in 1923, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces.