July 6, 2010 – This project will involve a comprehensive restoration and cleaning of the Memorial itself, as well as the installation of new drainage systems for the Monument, electrical upgrades, new blue stone walkways, and modifications and additions to the existing landscape.
The District of Columbia War Memorial was built in 1931 and commemorates the citizens of the District of Columbia who served in World War I. It stands in West Potomac Park slightly off of Independence Avenue in a grove of trees. Funds to construct the Memorial were provided by the contributions of both organizations and individual citizens of the District. It was the first war Memorial to be erected in West Potomac Park, part of the National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial, and remains the only local District Memorial on the National Mall. Construction will begin in August, 2010 and will be completed by March, 2011.