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(Note: I don't know whether this will cross-post to LJ because I haven't accepted LJ's new TOS yet. We shall see what happens.)

Today makes the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I. Of course, the war has fallen out of living memory -- the only people who were alive back then and still exist were tiny children then. Of course we don't go around reenacting it much, because it wasn't full of "exciting" maneuvers, just a long, static, disgustingly miserable slog that was only peripherally relevant to our continued existence as a nation. (One could argue that we as a species did not learn a damned thing from that war because people are STILL using chemical weapons in Syria -- HORRIBLE.)

I honestly don't know whether I have any relatives who served in World War I. Once I found an online listing of WWI soldiers from my mother's hometown and it included a man with the same name as my grandfather. However, I have a hard time believing that my grandfather served. His first two kids were born in 1914 and 1915, then my Uncle Rene was born in September 1917, and my mother was born in September 1919. Do the math. IMHO, my mother looked more like her father than any of her siblings. So if he had served in any capacity, he probably remained on the home front.

Since my hometown's city hall was built in the 1930s, probably with New Deal funding, the community's memorial to World War I got pride of place in front of the main entrance. It's a granite obelisk with four statues, one on each side, one each representing the Army, the Navy, the Marines ... and the nurses. Yes. A woman with a calf-length skirt on a military memorial. I wonder why this is not more famous nationally.

Date: 2017-04-07 10:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zhelana
Did people go to war and stay for years back then? Because now, you go to war for like 3-6 months and then come home for a while, which would let you have kids even if you did go to war.

Date: 2017-04-07 11:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zhelana

yes, I know they kept fighting right up to the armistice, but it would be an interesting question to see whether we were still at full strength then, or whether some had gone home early.

Date: 2017-04-15 02:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thoughtsbykat
My husband served in the Army and he deployed twice. Each time it was for 1 year with a 2 week leave during the year. During the WW1 & 2 transportation back to the states wasn't as easy.

Date: 2017-04-10 12:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cz_unit
Indeed. Here in Relay we still have the WWI plaque on the wall of the children's center. I remember the first time seeing it, with all the names of those who served. Of course there was a separate section for "colored" people, but I have to say it was pretty progressive of them to include everyone.

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