Centennial Commemoration U.S. Entrance Into World War I
Posted on April 6, 2017
Write-Up by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com
Today, April 6, 2017, marks 100 years since the United States joined the World War I fight “over there”. Titled “In Sacrifice for Liberty & Peace”, the National Centennial Commemoration of the Entry into WWI by the United States will be hosted in Kansas City, Missouri at the National World War I Museum. The anniversary has special meaning for me because my Great Uncle Frank Sheedy served in World War I. This past Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2016, I wrote about Great Uncle Frank in a newsandviewsjb post.
Uncle Frank was a modest man who would be the first to say he need not have a fuss made over him. Nonetheless, it is for those of us in the generations that come after the American warriors who face down the enemies of their eras to herald their service and sacrifice.
A live stream of the ceremony in Kansas City is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. W.W.I is considered the first “global conflict” because it involved all inhabited continents, as noted in a press release from the National W.W.I Museum. According to the museum, as a result of W.W. I by the time the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918 the ranks of the American military had grown significantly. Thousands of U.S. soldiers, sailors and women in service however, died during the war.
The phrase ” the war to end all wars” is associated with W.W. I. It originated with British author and social commentator H. G. Wells who contended that bringing an end to “German militarism” would end war. Another phrase associated with W.W. I was used by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in his request to Congress on April 2, 1917 for a Declaration of War on Germany. Wilson said it was a war “to make the world safe for democracy”. The term “doughboy” is also most closely tied to W.W.I as a description of U.S. Army or Marine Corps members.
Take a listen to a popular W.W. I song written by George M. Cohan “Over There” which declares that “The Yanks are comin’… and we won’t be back till’ it’s over – over there.