You are likely to notice the tall gold plated statue from a distance away. It stands on the south side of the Eisenhower Executive Building (Old Executive Building), the building that stands next to the West Wing of the White House. The Memorial was erected in 1924 to commemorate the sacrifice of the men of the US Army First Division in World War I. The money for the memorial was entirely from private funds, no taxpayer money was involved.
Subsequent additions have been made to the memorial, honoring the role of the First Division in World War II, Vietnam and Desert Storm.
located in front of the eisenhower executive office building is the first division monument. built in 1924 the monument honors the first division of the american expeditionary force in WWI. a gold plated "winged victory" was sculpted by daniel chester french and is on top of a 65 foot granite column.
The First Division Memorial commemorates the members of the First Division of the US Army. The centerpiece of the memorial is a tall, golden statue of victory gesturing forward. On either side of the statue are two plots of soil, with a stone at the end of each plot that memorializes the men of the First Division who fell either in the Vietnam War or in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. At the base of the statue, the names of the dead of the First Division are carved into plaques.