NEWPORT, R.I. – The centennial of America's involvement in World War I has drawn attention to the state of disrepair of many monuments honoring soldiers, galvanizing efforts to fix them.
A WWI monument in Rhode Island no longer bears the names of soldiers who died fighting; the bronze plaques were stolen decades ago. The wooden rifle stack on top of a monument in Washington state has rotted away.
Many monuments were forgotten about over time or no one took responsibility for their care.
Some were looked after, but they're in need of repairs, too, after being outside for so long.
The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago are helping communities that are restoring and rescuing their memorials.