World War I Commemorative Garden Dedication Ceremony at Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site will hold a ceremony to formally dedicate its new First World War Commemorative Garden 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the historic site in Laclede.
The public is invited to attend this historic dedication. Soil collected from the eight First World War American cemeteries, established by General Pershing as the chairman of the American Battlefield Monuments Commission (ABMC), will be incorporated into the grounds of the First World War Commemorative Garden landscape ceremonially by attending dignitaries.
A series of interpretive panels will be unveiled telling the story of the American war effort and the establishment of the American cemeteries in Europe following the First World War.
The First World War Commemorative Garden will be a fantastic addition to the overall interpretation of the historic site and the last years of General Pershing’s life. The garden will highlight his personal determination during the last years of life spent honoring and memorializing those that paid the ultimate price and sacrificed so much in the “war to end all wars.”
The featured speaker for the garden dedication ceremony will be Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of the Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and commandant of the Army Command and General Staff College.
Also attending the ceremony will be representatives from the following entities:
- Government of Belgium
- American Battlefield Monuments Commission
- United States World War I Centennial Commission
- The Smithsonian Institute
- American Legion
- Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
- Military Order of the World Wars
- American Field Service
- Daughters of the American Revolution
Performing will be the 399th Army Band from Fort Leonard Wood. They will perform a medley of patriotic and First World War themed music throughout the day.
Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site is located at 1100 Pershing Dr., Laclede. For more information about the event, contact the historic site by calling 660-963-2525.
For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.