Despite its location and age, visitors often overlook this memorial on the National Mall that President Herbert Hoover dedicated in 1931. Unlike the neighboring memorials on the Mall, this relatively small structure isn't a national memorial. The 47-foot-high circular domed, columned temple is dedicated to the 499 men and women (military and civilian) from Washington, D.C., who died in the Great War. Unofficially referred to as the World War I memorial, the marble structure
was in disrepair and hidden by trees for decades. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the memorial was restored to its original grandeur and is now maintained by the National Park Service. On November 10, 2011, the memorial, which had the John Phillip Sousa band playing at its original dedication, was rededicated as local musicians from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts performed.