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World War I Remembered: 100 Years Later (Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project, Library of Congress
2014 marks the centennial of the start of World War I. So massive was the destruction wrought by this conflict that many thought it would be the war to end all wars—hence the eventual designation of it as “The Great War.” The United States had over 4.7 million men—and several thousand women—in uniform during World War I. With the passing of these veterans, oral histories are no longer feasible, so we must rely on the generosity of relatives and friends of deceased veterans to donate written accounts in letters, diaries, and memoirs, as well as collections of photographs. While small in number, these collections are a treasure trove of original primary sources, all of which offer insights into the experience of serving in the Great War. This Veteran’s Day, we remember the veterans of World War I by presenting a selection of these manuscripts and photographs. [read press release]

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