World War I

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2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. In the span of four years, the “Great War” cost the lives of more than 15 million people worldwide.

The United States entered the war in 1917. Seeking adventure, patriotic young men enlisted to serve overseas. They soon realized the battlefront was not as they’d imagined. Battlefronts stagnated for months, forcing soldiers to huddle in deep trenches that offered some protection from enemy shells, but little hope against gas attacks, disease, and inclement weather.

Fighting in the “War to End All Wars” officially stopped on November 11, 1918. “Armistice Day” as it was called, is now celebrated as Veteran’s Day and reminds us to honor all those who have served.

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Exhibit developed by Joscelynn Garcia & Dr. Bryan Howard

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