MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Since 1925, a World War I doughboy statue has stood in downtown Martinsburg, honoring those from Berkeley County who fought in the “Great War.”
But more than 90 years of time has taken its toll. That’s why the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary has called for the statue to be refurbished. The county’s Parks and Recreation Board is planning to send it to a bronze company in the Pittsburgh area to get it done properly.
After it’s returned, the statue would also get a new location in War Memorial Park. Currently, you can find it across from U.S. District Court on West King Street.
“It would get more exposure at the park, more visibility,” said Stephen Catlett, the executive director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Board. “I think it would be greatly appreciated there.”
Park officials estimate the total cost to refurbish the statue will be anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000. They would mostly rely on fundraising to make it happen.