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By Tom Hawkins

This year, 2017, is the 100th anniversary of the entry of United States of America into World War I. Upon the entry of this nation into World War I, U. S. President Woodrow Wilson described World War I as “the war to end all wars.” Unfortunately, that was not the case. The spring issue of The Medallion, a publication of the Texas Historical Commission, includes some very interesting information on World War I, its effect on Texas, and the impact of this state on the war effort. Texas hosted dozens of training facilities for U. S. troops. Some of these facilities remain active military complexes today.

Nearly 200,000 Texans served in the military during World War I with more than 5,000 giving their lives in service to their country. As the nation entered the war nearly one million Texans registered for the draft. The Medallion includes numerous stories about the role of Texas during the World War I. A copy of the Medallion may be seen at the Groesbeck Maffett Library.


A few weeks back the Journal carried an article about the Honest Ridge/Central Institute Cemetery. The article pointed out that monetary donations were needed to maintain the cemetery in a satisfactory condition. Some very nice donations have been received for which the cemetery is most grateful. Donations may be sent to Honest Ridge Cemetery, c/o Tom Hawkins, P. O. Box 708, Groesbeck, Texas 76642.

To read more of this story, pick up a copy of Thursday's edition of The Groesbeck Journal! You can also subscribe online or call 254-729-5103.

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Groesbeck, TX 76642
Phone: 254-729-5103
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