At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ended when Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies. The participants took a moment at 11AM to quietly remember this historic event.
Part 1 of the Learning in Retirement program was presented by Chuck Gillies - The Americans Come to France and John dos Passos, Three Soldiers.He created a PowerPoint presentation around 2007 for a seminar entitled The Literature of World War I. His father fought in the American sector in WW1, and in the late 70's, when they were living in Brussels, his family took a tour of the American sector based on a description of his father's experiences he wrote 65 years after "The Great War" had ended.He chose to report on the book Three Soldiers by John dos Passos, to help him re-connect with his father. The PowerPoint is a blend of the overall history of the War, his 1970’s tour, and some musical interludes.
Part 2was presented by Bobbie Reitt and Kay Klausewitz - The WW1 Military Service–or Not–of Our Forebears.Drawing on her family research in family and government records for the Finding Family Interest Group, Bobbie will describe the workings of the WWI draft system in the U.S., the first modern one for the country, and Kay will describe how her West Virginian ancestors who served in WW1 came home to the flu pandemic, and how that pandemic affected the war and those at home.
The guests and residents were encouraged to tour the display in the Applewood Private Dining Room where 20 resident and staff member’s awards, medals, uniforms and other memorabilia from the Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Gulf War were on display.Along with this impressive exhibit many residents chose to display their family’s military decorations and keepsakes right outside their apartments.
At 3:00 P.M. Applewood’s oldest female and male residents raised a new flag to commemorate the day.It was a great day for us all to reflect on how and why American is a free and great country.Thank you to all who have and do serve in our Armed Forces.
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