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Mar 28

Virginia War Museum to Commemorate American Entry in WWI

Posted on March 28, 2017 at 9:17 AM by Communications Department

United States Entered First World War April 6, 1917

The Virginia War Museum is holding aWWI uniform_SC commemoration of the centennial of American Entry in the First World War at 12 p.m., Thursday April 6. The highlight of the commemoration is the unveiling of the display Old Dominion, Over There. This new exhibit honors Virginia’s military units that served in the war. The special exhibit will run through 2019. Following the unveiling, the museum is showing the 1925 silent WWI movie The Big Parade at 1 p.m.

Some of the highlights of the display are uniforms, artifacts, photos, and memorabilia from units that served in the 29th, 42nd and 80th divisions during the war. Visitors to the exhibit can also see the flag of the 117th MP Company of the 42nd Division and the uniform of William Bloxom of the 116th Infantry. Additional artifacts and photos that are not part of the regularWWI photo1_SC exhibit are being displayed in the museum foyer. Admission to the museum is free between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for the event. After the event, the display will be open for viewing with regular museum admission.

For more information, visit the War Museum Facebook page or contact the Virginia War Museum at 757 247-8523 or