5pm ET. America’s new National World War I Memorial.

In this place, at this time, every day, without fail…

Taps will sound in perpetuity.

Special Events 


Ensembles of “Pershing’s Own” U.S Army Band will play on selected Thursdays this summer at 6:30pm. 

July 7 Jazz Combo
August 7 Chamber Ensemble
August 18 Concert Band
August 25 Chamber Ensemble
September 1 Concert Band
September 8 Chamber Ensemble
September 15 Concert Band
September 22 Saxophone Quartet
September 29 Brass Ensemble

Weather permitting. Check the Doughboy Foundation Facebook page for updates. 


Daily taps

Daily Taps honors those who perished in the ‘war that changed the world’ and all who have served in the armed forces of the United States.

As a joint effort between the Doughboy Foundation, the National Park Service, and the World War I Centennial Commission, the ceremony keeps faith with the American Doughboy and pays tribute to all our service members and veterans.

As we honor them, let us renew our pledge:

To protect our future by remembering our past










Sign up for more information on how to honor veterans with the sounding of Daily Taps, or to learn more about the WWI Memorial’s story and programs:


Recruited by Taps for Veterans, the buglers who sound our “National Song of Remembrance” include many former military musicians dedicated to the cause of freedom and the commitment it demands.


Jari Villanueva, one of our nation’s foremost experts on military bugle calls, leads this effort. Having sounded the first Daily Taps on November 11, 2021, Jari organized the corps of buglers who honor all American service members and veterans, rain or shine.


Former U.S. Navy Surface Warfare officer Daniel Sharp personifies the determination that maintains this tradition in all conditions.


“As a professional musician, nothing is more humbling than playing Taps.”
– Matthew Barker, Daily Taps bugler

The World Premiere of


On Memorial Day, PBS affiliate WETA in our nation’s capital debuted LAST BATTLE, the remarkable story behind America’s national World War I Memorial.

Conceived and constructed 100 years after the conflict, the new Memorial in Washington DC is an amazing triumph of inspired collaboration. Told through the words of those who made “the impossible plausible,” LAST BATTLE is a compelling tale of a unique bipartisan vision brought to life by a diverse coalition of Americans who overcame all odds to deliver a stunning achievement.

“You want to know what our democracy is all about? It functions because people have the patience and the dedication to try to get something done in the face of every possible barrier. But because they have the determination to keep going, that’s how we pass laws. That’s how we make changes. That’s how we solve problems. And ultimately, it’s how you build memorials.”

– The Honorable Leon E. Panetta, 23rd Secretary of Defense

Two innovative apps have been created to enhance the WWI Memorial visitor experience. One for use at the WWI Memorial site, and one for use at home or in the classroom.

The WWI Memorial VIRTUAL EXPLORER App provides an AR (augmented reality)-driven, virtual field trip to the Memorial.

The related WWI Memorial VISITOR GUIDE allows memorial to explore a variety of WWI AR objects as they visit the 1.8-acre park-like site. This includes WWI planes and tanks, a 50-foot timeline tower, and virtual kiosk screens that help tell the story of WWI.

Nominated for two prestigious Webby Awards, as well as for the 2022 EdTech Awards, and just receiving two Communicator Awards for innovation, the WWI Memorial Apps have been created with grants from Walmart, Verizon, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and others.

All the Doughboy Foundation Apps are available for both iOS and Android.

Click to access, or simply search for “WWI Memorial” on your mobile device’s store.

“The new National World War I Memorial is a true 21st Century Memorial. The traditional visitor experience that’s amplified by Daily Taps is accompanied by a stunning ‘virtual’ experience–our award winning, interactive, augmented reality Apps.”

Dan Dayton
Executive Director of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and Chairman/CEO of the Doughboy Foundation

Doughboy Foundation partners with Verizon to bring WWI EdTech App to K-12 educators

The Verizon Innovative Learning HQ education portal focuses on delivering free Next-Gen learning for all. Aimed at K-12 students and teachers, the portal offers innovative augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) apps, tailored lesson plans and professional development resources that make learning contemporary, engaging, and immersive. The initiative is part of Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan to help move the world forward for all and a key driver to providing 10 million students with digital skills training by 2030.

The Doughboy Foundation will be making available its WWI Memorial Apps, WWI lesson planning and other resources through the Verizon portal for the start of the 2022-23 school year.

“Through Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon has demonstrated a commitment to democratizing access to emerging technologies. In partnership with the Doughboy Foundation, we are providing access to an immersive augmented reality experience that will enable a new generation to engage with and better understand a key moment in our global history.”  

Alex Servello
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Verizon