American troops in World War I. This is the 100th anniversary of US entry into that war.
Over 350 Hickman Countians answered the call of duty in 1917 when America called millions of men and women to go "over there" to fight in World War I.
Some lost their lives. Some were wounded. Those who served came home after the war, to take up where their lives left off. The list of veterans contains many familiar names, among them Bugg, Byassee, Evans, Jewell and Jackson, to name a very few.
In the 100th year commemorating the beginning of America's entry into World War I, the Hickman County Historical and Genealogical Society will honor those who went to that war. The Society is creating both a database of names and an archive of research into the participants of the Great War. Families who have photos, clippings, stories of their relatives who served are urged to share their family history with the Society.
Heritage Week, a celebration of the history of Hickman County, runs Tuesday September 5th to Saturday September 9th. The Historical Society will kick off its third Heroes Campaign with a dinner on Tuesday, September 5th at 6:00 p.m. at the Hickman County Extension Office on James Phillips Drive in Clinton. All veterans, regardless of the time of their service, are invited to attend. Families of World War I veterans will be recognized.
Lists of veterans' names are posted on the windows of the Historical Society on S. Washington Street and Clinton City Hall.
Photos, news clipping, written family recollections can be shared with the Historical Society by dropping off at the Historical Society on Wednesday afternoons or Saturday mornings or at Clinton City Hall. The documents should clearly state the name of the veteran and anything that is known about their service. It is especially important to leave contact information with drop offs.
World War I was a time of great turmoil for America. It was the first time that America involved itself in a foreign war. It was also the first time many young Hickman Countians got a chance to go "over there" to fight for their country. The Historical Society looks forward to sharing their stories during Heritage Week and having the information available for serious history and genealogical researchers.