National World War I Memorial Proposal Is Unveiled

There were 350 teams that last summer submitted proposals for the site, and after narrowing those to five in August, the commission announced that it had selected the design of Joseph Weishaar, a 25-year-old architect who graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2013.

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There were 350 teams that last summer submitted proposals for the site, and after narrowing those to five in August, the commission announced that it had selected the design of Joseph Weishaar, a 25-year-old architect who graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2013. Mr. Weishaar, who works for Brininstool & Lynch in Chicago, developed the parklike design called “The Weight of Sacrifice” during his free time while he was an intern.

Echoing elements of other memorials already on the Mall, Mr. Weishaar’s plans call for the creation of a raised central lawn propped up on three sides by walls bearing bas-relief images of American soldiers interspersed with quotations from war leaders, politicians and soldiers.

At the center of the lawn — which Mr. Weishaar intends to be symbolically held up by the sacrifice illustrated on the walls — a sculpture will be the focal point. Mr. Weishaar worked with Sabin Howard, a New York sculptor, to develop the artwork included in his proposal.

The memorial is not the first to honor those who fought in the war. There is a national World War I memorial and museum in Kansas City, Mo., and countless other memorials to local veterans are scattered across the country, including one in Washington near the Lincoln Memorial commemorating Washington residents who died in the war.

(Read the full story at The New York Times)