Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA) is seeking local participants to take part in a “Show and Tell” style discussion entitled, Remembering the Great War on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Grand Ecore Visitor Center.
World War I, known as “The Great War,” has long been acknowledged as a major turning point in American history, as much for the social forces it unleashed at home as for the nation’s military efforts abroad. In fact, the United States’ direct involvement extended for only a year and a half, and required a minimum of sacrifice from most of its citizens. Nevertheless, the war shaped a whole generation of Americans in a very profound way.
More than four million American families sent their sons and daughters to serve in uniform during the Great War. Over 116,000 U.S. soldiers died from combat and disease. Another 200,000 were wounded, a casualty rate far greater than in World War II. In addition, more than 350,000 African Americans served in the U.S. military, as did Native Americans and members of other minority groups; and for the first time, women joined the ranks of the U.S. armed forces.
“Americans often talk about the Greatest Generation and those who fought in World War II, but we often forget about the sacrifices of those who went overseas to fight the ‘war to end all wars,’” remarked CRNHA Heritage Ranger, Michael Mumaugh. “We’d like this event to include both national and local stories about our WWI history,” continued Mumaugh. To accomplish this endeavor, CRNHA is seeking 5-6 local citizens to participate in the show and tell experience. Participants will be asked to share their family story of WWI or show any objects they may have that are connected to World War I.
“In addition, we’ll have an opportunity for a few folks not keen on speaking in front of a crowd, but who have pictures, uniforms, maps, etc. that they would like to share,” commented Mumaugh. These display opportunities are limited to 5-7 individuals.
Participants interested in volunteering as a presenter or who would like to display their objects are encouraged to contact Michael Mumaugh at 318-356-5555 or by email at MMumaugh@CaneRiverNHA.org . Once all the slots are filled we will only accept two extra presenters as “standby” candidates. The Deadline to volunteer is 4PM October 5, 2018.
The event is free and open to the public and is scheduled to take place at 11AM on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Grand Ecore Visitor Center.