Victory by Daniel Chester French is hard to see 80 feet in the air atop her marble column on top of a pedestal behind the Old Executive Office Building.
He [Summerall] complained that the figure was “too voluptuous and not sufficiently spiritual.” She thrust her hips forward too suggestively; the bare arms and scantily clad legs “suggest material rather than spiritual emotions”; and “the breast plates emphasize the development in a way that is most beautiful but that in my judgment is not of the highly spiritual type desired.” The depiction challenged Summerall's vision "of spiritual exaltation, of sacrifice glorified by renunciation, of pride, and of reward," but he eventually acquiesced.
Various inscriptions explain the monument. On the base of the column on the north side, we find a quotation from General Orders 201, issued by General Pershing on November 10, 1918.
On the east and west sides, we find lists of battles in which the 1st Division fought.
Calvin Coolidge, speaking at the Dedication of the First Division Monument.(LOC)