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Along the mall resides this Doric temple which was dedicated in 1936 to honor all those from Washington who served in the military during World War I. The small temple was conceived as a bandstand and used in first half of the century during holiday celebrations such as the Fourth of July. It is comprised of Vermont marble and around the top of the rotunda is etched the words of dedication to all those who served in the armed forces. Around the base are inscribed the names of the more than 500 who lost their lives. Within the cornerstone are sealed the names of the 26,000 Americans who served in the World War I. The funds for this memorial were raised with voluntary contributions from Washingtonians.

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