December 2, 2006 |
World War I ended nearly 90 years ago, only a few of its U.S. veterans are still alive and, about a decade ago, its national monument was closed after years of neglect and deterioration. But this weekend, the "war to end all wars" takes center stage when the National World War I Museum opens in Kansas City, Mo., giving the public a chance to learn about -- and from -- the conflict that catapulted the United States toward superpower status.
November 10, 2004 |
The remains of an unidentified New Zealand soldier arrived home to a stirring traditional welcome by Maori warriors, 88 years after his burial in France during World War I. The soldier, who died in the Battle of the Somme in northern France, is to become the nation's official Unknown Warrior after his burial Thursday at the National War Memorial in Wellington. The dedication will take place on Remembrance Day, Nov.
July 2, 2006 |
Church bells tolled across northern France to mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, one of history's worst blood baths. Britain led Allied forces into battle hoping to end 18 months of deadlock with a decisive victory over German forces. When the fighting ended Nov. 18, Britain had only advanced about six miles, and more than 1 million troops lay dead. Prince Charles called the World War I battle "a most profound shock" for Britain, and "an unutterable hell."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1998
Two World War I veterans will receive France's highest honor, the Legion of Honor, Wednesday at the French consul general's home in Beverly Hills. The two recipients are Albert Willard, 101, of Sherman Oaks and Fred Roberts, 102, of Temple City, said Yo-Jung Chen, vice consul at the French Consulate in Westwood. The men are being recognized for their service in France during World War I and to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the end of that war.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1998 |
Two World War I veterans, one of them from the Valley, will receive France's highest honor--the Legion of Honor medal--on Wednesday at the French consul general's home in Beverly Hills. Albert Willard, 101, of Sherman Oaks, and Fred Roberts, 102, of Temple City, will receive the National Order of the Legion of Honor medal, said Yo-Jung Chen, vice consul at the French Consulate in Westwood.
May 26, 2002 |
America's largest World War I memorial, scrubbed clean and accompanied by a museum of war relics, reopened to fanfare and rededication speeches attended by representatives of Belgium, France, Italy, Britain and by the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers. Then, as now, "they are with us there, side by side," Myers said to a cheering crowd of about 8,000. As the war receded into the history books, so did interest and care for the 217-foot Liberty Memorial.