April 6, 2013

Dayton's World War I Memorial

We came upon this huge German gun along Main Street (U.S. 42) in Dayton, VA. I was impressed that it traveled all the way from Europe to the Shenandoah Valley in spite of it's size and weight.

A sign tells us that it had a range of 13.7 miles. It is a 15cm (5.88 inch) Krupp 16Kp with a 237 inch barrel.

Another plaque gives the years of the first "world war" (1914-1918) and is "Dedicated to the men of Dayton and vicinity who offered their lives in humanity's defense."


  1. I am very glad to be able to appreciate the beauty of your photos. Hug and thanks for the entertainment prospects.

  2. I don't know why you'd want to usea giant gun from the enemy to memorialize the people who died in war. But I definitely like the sentiment.

  3. That is a big piece of equipment to have traveled so far. Nice photos!

  4. those are important memorials. we need to remember their sacrifice and service.

  5. This is a fascinating and unique memorial. I've never seen one that had a German gun. I'm glad the town has remembered the men who served.


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