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Posted Friday, April 7th, 2017

Wreath Laying for the 100th Anniversary of the United States Entry Into World War I — 

N.J. World War 1 Centennial logoRead about Morris County’s World War I Veterans

Lt. Gov Kim Guadagno joined leaders from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs this week in laying a wreath in honor of the sacrifices made by New Jerseyans throughout World War I, as the nation commemorated the 100th anniversary of its entry in the Great War.

The ceremony took place at the Trenton War Memorial in Trenton, which originally opened in 1932 as “a great community center” dedicated to the memory of the soldiers and sailors from Mercer County who died fighting in World War I. Family members of New Jersey WWI heroes, such as Joyce Kilmer and Needham Roberts, joined the Lt. Governor.

Corporal George Rutherford Flartey of Dover served in France in World War I

Corporal George Rutherford Flartey of Dover served in France in World War I

“On the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the Great War, it is fitting for us to recall and salute those from every service and station from New Jersey, who contributed to the Allied victory,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno.  “So, let us honor all those who have rendered the highest service any New Jerseyan can offer — those who have fought for our freedom and our security.”

World War 1 Parade in Dover

World War 1 Parade in Dover

Morris County heroes like Harry Benson-Anderson of Dover, Charles Bender of Butler, Bertrand Francis Cox of Mount Freedom, Leslie Mulligan of Wharton, Giovanni Ricci of Morristown, brothers Adolph Ralph Swenson and Alwin Howard Swenson of Stirling, and nurse Amabel Scharff Roberts of Madison – to name a few — were among those killed in the “War to End All Wars.’’

To see the full list, visit: https://morriscountynj.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/World-War-I-Soldiers.pdf

New Jersey’s contributions to WWI included nearly 140,000 men in uniform and material resources of every type, ranging from ammunition to medical supplies. For more information, visit:  http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/nj-wwi-centennial-home.html or http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/nj-wwi-stories.html

Lt. Gov. Gudagno Honors Veterans of World War I -- 130 Morris County soldiers perished


Macculloch Hall Historical Museum: Women on the home front: http://www.maccullochhall.org/exhibits/exhibits/

Morristown and Morris Township Library: “Called to Serve. World War I in Morristown and Morris Township. http://www.jfpl.org/ or https://morristourism.org/events/called-to-serve-world-war-i-exhibit-4-5-to-8-14

On Sunday, April 9, there will be an admission-free and joint event of Morris County Historical Society (Acorn Hall), Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, and the Morristown and Morris Township Library. For more information, call the library at please call the Library at 973-538-6161, MacCulloch Hall at 973-538-2404, or Acorn Hall at 973-267-3465.

Also, for more information on these and other events in Morris County and across the state, visit: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/nj-wwi-centennial-events.html