The Great War remembered

BOALSBURG — In spring of 1916 more than a million American soldiers, sailors and Marines were deployed to France for service on the Western Front to fight in a war that raged since August 1914. Although the U.S. declared war on Germany in April of 1917, it had taken nearly a year to recruit, enlist and train an army that began with the size of two PSU home football games.

The Pennsylvania Military Museum in Centre County remembers this event by interpreting the first industrial war with a living history bivouac and lectures beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“World War I is the reason the museum exists,” said museum educator Joe Horvath. “We’ve been hosting this program since the centennial remembrance of the war in 2014.”

Uniformed re-enactors will talk about life on the front in a re-created trench/bunker system. Saturday programming includes a 10:30 a.m. presentation of “The Stories I’ll Tell When I Get Home: The Legacy of American Nurses in WWI” by Dr. Julie Decker, PSU Nursing.

A lecture, “Armor After the Armistice: What Do We Do With All These Tanks?” by armor historian Mike Siggins will be held at 2 p.m.

On Sunday, at 2 p.m., USMC veteran Mike Poorman will present, “The U.S. Marines at Belleau Wood.”

Admission is charged for inside programming.

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