Restored memorial in Hudson, OH recognizes 81 veterans of WWI
By Laura Freeman
via the MyTownNEO Northeastern Ohio News web site
Note: This restored memorial in Hudson, Ohio recognizes 81 veterans of Great War, with help from U.S. World War I Centennial Commission partner reenactors Seth and Garrett Moore. The restoration of this memorial was part of the Commission's 100 Cities/100 Memorials program -- Chris Isleib, Director of Public Affairs, United States World War One Centennial Commission
HUDSON, OH — At the 11 hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, the “Victory Bell” tolled 21 times on the southwest green to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting in World War I.
The 21 tolls, based on the 21-gun salute, symbolize the nation’s highest honor.
During the ceremony last year, a member of Boy Scout Troop 321 tolled the bell 21 times while WWI reenactors Seth and Garrett Moore stood at attention on each side, at 11am on 11 NOV, to commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. Photo by Laura Freeman, MyTownNEO.comThe Nov. 11 ceremony ended with the unveiling of the restored 30-inch by 60-inch bronze tablet displayed on a temporary wood pedestal, containing the names of 80 men and one woman from Hudson who served in World War I. The United States participated from April 6, 1917, to Nov. 11, 1918.
About 150 veterans and visitors gathered at the memorial, located near the the Boy Scout log cabin. A member of Boy Scout Troop 321 tolled the bell while WWI Doughboy reenactors Garrett and Seth Moore of Columbus stood at attention on each side. Bugler Steve Masowick from American Legion Post 685 in Streetsboro played taps.
Inside the cabin, the Rev. Richard Shipley gave the invocation, and Mayor David Basil read a proclamation to recognize “Bells of Peace: A National World War I Remembrance” for the 4.7 million Americans who served.
Western Reserve Academy historian and archivist Tom Vince talked about the 81 people from Hudson who served in World War I.
Word of the end of the war was transmitted by telegraph, and Hudson First Congregational Church of Hudson tolled its bells at 7 a.m. in 1918 to let people know peace had arrived, Vince said.
“We know by noon Nov. 11 all businesses in Hudson closed their doors and people of Hudson rallied on Main Street,” Vince said. “The old bandstand near the clock tower was festooned with flags and bunting.”
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From the World War I Centennial News Podcast
Remembering Veterans: Writer Elizabeth Foxwell on the Roles, Experiences of Women in the Great War
In March 8th's edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 113, host Theo Mayer spoke with writer Elizabeth Foxwell about stories and experiences of female service in WWI, many of which have been neglected or forgotten. The following is a transcript of the interview, edited for clarity:
Theo Mayer: Our second Remembering Veterans story is a bit more serious and definitely more poignant. Let me set it up this way: World War I did not merely engaged armies. It engaged nations and their populations in an unprecedented scale and scope. And although the gender of the armies was predominantly male, the gender of the world was, and is pretty much 50/50. And so, this cataclysmic event in world history was also a pivot for the 20th century perception and the role of womanhood. As the armies absorbed an ever larger percentage of the adult male population, the other half began to take on new roles and new responsibilities. With us today is Elizabeth Foxwell, a journalist and author focusing on the stories and neglected accounts of and by women who served in various roles in the war. She's the editor of a collection of first-person accounts by US women in the war called In Their Own Words: American Women in World War I. Elizabeth, welcome to the podcast.
Elizabeth Foxwell: Thank you, Theo. It's very nice to be here.
>Theo Mayer: So Elizabeth, before we start talking about the women of World War I, how did you get interested in the subject?Elizabeth Foxwell is a journalist and author with a particular interest in how WWI affected women
Elizabeth Foxwell: Well, Theo, it's a very simple answer. It was Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth, which was published in 1933 and has never been out of print. Brittain was a British nurse in World War I, and the book, to me, was just so incredibly wrenching, with the number of people she lost, and her experiences. So I actually wrote my Master's thesis at Georgetown on her World War II experiences. She was an ardent pacifist as a result of her World War I experiences, and it made me start looking for equivalent US accounts. And yet, there isn't a sort of book on the same footing as Testament of Youth in the United States, I think. And so that made me set out on the hunt for first-person accounts by US women.
Theo Mayer: Now, you've immersed yourself in first-person accounts of these women. Is there a common theme that motivated them to change their lives at this point in time?
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