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Join Southlake Historical Society for WWI Centennial Commemoration

Mar 29, 2017 06:59AM ● By Audrey Sellers

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On April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I. To help citizens remember what was going on here and “Over There,” the Southlake Historical Society is sponsoring a World War I Centennial Commemoration from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. April 9 at the gazebo in Southlake Town Square. All are invited to this free event.

Get a glimpse into the past through heartfelt letters sent home to Texas in 1917 and ’18 by a cowboy turned doughboy and letters sent to him by his mother, along with letters of a UT student who trained with the Royal Air Force and became a flying ace. Southlake librarian Cynthia Pfledderer and Carroll grad and history buff Paul Porter, who will be dressed in an authentic WWI uniform, will read the letters.

A trio specializing in patriotic songs, The Sorta Sisters, will sing such favorites as “Over There,” “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” and “K-K-K Katy.” They’ll also lead an audience sing-along.  

World War I soldiers’ sons, daughters and other family members in the audience will be recognized. There will also be a flag ceremony and a mayor’s proclamation. Everyone will receive a Buddy Poppy.   

“We hope this program will inspire people to find their family's connection to World War I,” said Anita Robeson of the Southlake Historical Society via press release.

The Southlake Historical Society is planning an exhibit for summer 2018 that tells the stories of local men who went to war and their families and communities.

Click here to learn more about the effort in Texas to commemorate World War I.