Reflections on a Centenary for World War I

Gina Strack

The Utah State Archives is wrapping up a yearslong recognition of the 100th anniversary since the end of World War I (also known as a centenary). As a repository of a number of military records, we knew there would be an opportunity to introduce  them to a new audience keen to learn about the Great War. The motivation came from …

“To us in America,” Armistice Day 1919

Rae Gifford

President Woodrow Wilson commemorated the First Armistice Day (now Veterans Day) with a proclamation. Today on the centenary of the Armistice we honor those who answered the call to fight on foreign shores — Not just our men and women from Utah, but from every corner of the globe.

New World War I Records Online: Foreign Citations & Decorations

Rae Gifford

In 1922, the War Department forwarded a packet of translated documents to Utah’s Adjutant General. The War Department had been working to publish a book identifying all of the American soldiers who had received a foreign citation or decoration, such as the French Croix de Guerre (Cross of War) and the Polish Kryzyż Walecznych (Cross of Valor). Unfortunately, they were not able to fund such a project and were providing the pertinent records to each state with the hope that the states could publish them.