We Forget Today: April 6, 1917–America Joins the Allies

The Webmaster has been awaiting this day for the last few years.  Funny, now that it has arrived he has no brilliant speeches / no words to say; except for the line he uses to being a “We Forget Today” blog post:  “We forget today just what an impact World War I had on the lives of its participants and their families.”  It took months to mobilize and train Pershing’s Army and to ship it overseas, but the impact was already being felt across the U.S. and world-wide on that Good Friday in 1917.

Many readers, including the Webmaster, will be taking part in commemoration ceremonies around the U.S. and around the world today.  May we all take a moment to commemorate the entry of the U.S. in the war today.

The Webmaster leaves you with a sketch by C. Leroy Baldridge, Pvt. A.E.F. and a poem by Hilmar R. Baukhage, Pvt. A.E.F.  The source is “I was There: with the Yanks on the Western Front 1917 – 1919 by illustrator C. Leroy Baldridge.


Poilu and Baldridge at Chemin des Dames



Poilu Poem