9/15/2018 | Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site | Laclede, MO
Come to the historic site for a formal dedication of the First World War Commemorative Garden. Soil collected from the eight First World War American cemeteries, established by General Pershing as the chairman of the American Battlefield Monuments Commission (ABMC), will be incorporated into the grounds of the First World War Commemorative Garden landscape ceremonially by attending dignitaries. A series of interpretive panels will be unveiled telling the story of the American war effort and the establishment of the American cemeteries in Europe following the First World War.
The First World War Commemorative Garden will be a fantastic addition to the overall interpretation of the historic site and the last years of General Pershing’s life. The garden will highlight his personal determination during the last years of life spent honoring and memorializing those that paid the ultimate price and sacrificed so much in the “war to end all wars.”
The 399th U.S. Army Band from Fort Leonard Wood will perform a medley of patriotic and First World War themed music.