State Of Georgia Commemorates 100 Years Since America Entered The Great War

The State of Georgia has become the latest US State to publicize its contribution marking the centennial of America’s entry into World War I on April 6, 1917.

Georgia’s branch of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, established in 2013 by Congress, was founded in 2015 by the Georgia General Assembly.

On the Georgia commission’s website is a link entitled ‘Monuments, Memorials and Historic Sites,’ listing memorials cataloged by the commission in each county or city.

On the home page is the WWI Georgia Memorial Book, a continuing project led by state librarian Dr. Lamar Veatch Jr. The book lists all those from Georgia who were killed in the First World War.

He will be adding information from several other sources and books to augment material pertaining to Georgia soldiers and sailors from

Information from the Georgia State Memorial Book (1921) will be included.   He will later add information from two additional major books: ‘Soldiers in the Great War’  (1920), which contains a state-by-state listing of people who died in the Great War, and ‘Georgia’s Participation in the World War’ (1936) by the American Legion.  It is a good source of information but without an index.

The Georgia Archives possess all three books, in addition to the ‘World War I Casualty Scrapbooks,’ created between the end of the war in 1918 to 1920 and is a wonderful resource on Georgians who lost their lives due to the war.

The 17 unpublished scrapbooks, naming soldiers in alphabetical order, can only be viewed at the state’s archives.

The commission’s website includes history concerning the war and a continuing list of exhibit openings statewide, myAJC reported.

The website link ‘Commemorate’ will direct viewers to national segments, such as Documenting Doughboys and Genealogical Resources. They provide additional information for anyone who served in the First World War.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE