Remembering the Events of WWI, 100 Years Ago
During the centennial of the Great War (1914-1918), the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri will host a series of special exhibitions, programs, and events to commemorate the first global war in history.
On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war on Germany and officially entered World War I. Six weeks later, on May 18, 1917, the Selective Service Act was passed, which authorized the president to increase the military establishment of the United States. As a result, every male living within the United States between the ages of eighteen and forty-five was required to register for the draft.
The Euless Historical Preservation Committee would like to commemorate our local history of this time period with special exhibits of pictures, stories, newspaper articles, etc. about Euless and surrounding cities residents and families.
Did you have a family member that served during the War, or perhaps farmed to provide provisions, or worked in the factories, or mailed memorabilia to the soldiers, or provided any kind of assistance for the War effort? Was your ancestor one of these men that were required to register?
To help recreate our local WWI history, we would like to have copies of these draft registrations available for display. In order to get these copies, we need the names of your ancestors who were or might have been drafted. The draft registrations and other memorabilia, like photos, etc. can be displayed and maintained at the Euless Heritage Park Museum as part of our local history.
Please let us know by posting these names on the Euless Historical Preservation Committee Facebook page and we will attempt to locate their draft registration. You may also contact Mary with the City of Euless at firstname.lastname@example.org / 817-685-1649.