Commission selects “Weight of Sacrifice” design concept for WWI Memorial in DC


By Chris Isleib
Public Affairs Officer, World War One Centennial Commission

The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission picked last week ‘THE WEIGHT OF SACRIFICE” for the new national World War I Memorial project.

Many countries within the U.S. European Command will be hosting multiple events starting later this year and lasting throughout 2017 to commemorate World War I.

“THE WEIGHT OF SACRIFICE” was selected from a group of five Finalists, and culminates an open, international design competition that has run since May, 2015. The Commission’s decision endorses the recommendation of the design competition’s independent jury.

“We were thrilled by the quality and creativity by all the submissions in this competition” stated Commissioner Edwin Fountain, who directed the competition. “This selected design concept reflects a high level of professional achievement”.

Imagery of “THE WEIGHT OF SACRIFICE”, and of the other four Finalists, can be found here:


The design concept was submitted by Joseph Weishaar, an architect-in-training currently located in Chicago, IL, and collaborating artist, veteran sculptor Sabin Howard, of New York, NY. Mr. Weishaar, received his professional architecture degree at the University of Arkansas in 2013.

Mr. Weishar’s full professional team, necessary to implement the design concept, includes the Baltimore architectural firm GWWO, Inc;, landscape architect Phoebe Lickwar; and engineering consultants Henry Adams LLC, Keast & Hood and VBH.