Poetry, track and historical past reverberated off the marble columns of the Utah Capitol on Thursday as the state formally marked the centennial of the finish of World War I — “The Great War” — with reminders of the sacrifices made for the explanation for freedom then and now.
“There’s still the fight against evil in the world,” Gov. Gary Herbert mentioned in his remarks at the Veterans Day rite, marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice on Nov. 11, 1918. The first Armistice Day observances have been held the subsequent yr.
The match, arranged by means of a government-mandated centennial fee, drew an target market of about 200 veterans, active-duty army, legislators, scholars, civilians and history-minded re-enactors.
Herbert held up a weathered reproduction of the Nov. 11, 1918, version of The Salt Lake Tribune, with the banner headline “Germany Surrenders.” He famous that 21,000 Utahns served in World War I; 665 died in combat, or from illness or hunger, and 864 have been wounded.
Herbert recounted the tales of Utahns who served in “the war to end all wars.” He discussed Capt. James B. Austin, mortally wounded in the Argonne wooded area, and whose mom raised cash for a World War I monument in Memory Grove. He cited Maud Fitch, a Eureka lady who purchased a Ford Model T together with her personal cash and used it as an ambulance.
Herbert attached the ones sacrifices to that of Brent Taylor, the mayor of North Ogden and a significant in the Utah National Guard, who was once killed Saturday all the way through an insider assault in Kabul, Afghanistan.
“The freedom and liberty that we enjoy, he believed Afghanistan should enjoy also,” Herbert mentioned.
Speakers at Thursday’s rite famous that the finish of World War I didn’t imply an finish to struggling for individuals who fought, their households, and the international at massive.
Branden Little, a historical past professor at Weber State University, recounted two Utahns who died 5 days aside, only a month prior to the armistice: George Gidney, 28, of Brigham City, and James Wesley Chipman, 24, of American Fork.
“The armistice did little to lessen the grief of their families,” Little mentioned.
Meanwhile, the treaties that ended the battle “did not produce complete peace,” Little mentioned. Some have blamed the call for for reparations from the defeated Germans for sowing the seeds of Nazism prior to World War II, however Little countered that “Hitler’s hate-filled actions were not the inevitable result of the Treaty of Versailles.”
For others, the scars of World War I have been interior.
Charlotte Schurtz, a senior English main at Brigham Young University, learn a poem written by means of her great-grandmother and namesake, Charlotte Avis Levey Scholl. The poem was once impressed by means of Scholl’s observations of her brother, Daniel Levey, a promising younger legal professional who enlisted to fight in World War I, and got here again a damaged guy — struggling what then was once referred to as “shell shock” and now is named post-traumatic tension.
The rite started with the Utah National Guard Brass Quintet appearing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” as a colour guard of veterans from all branches of the defense force offered the U.S. flag, Utah’s state flag and the banners of the ones army branches. The quintet closed the match with a medley of the ones branches’ fight songs.
In between, Salt Lake City’s Tribeca Ensemble, a chamber quartet, carried out “Banks of Green Willow,” a piece by means of English composer George Butterworth. The composer, 31, died in the Battle of the Somme, and his track has develop into symbolic of the tradition and creativity misplaced to the battle.
The tales of World War I still have which means nowadays, Little mentioned at the finish of his historical past lesson.
“We should always be wary,” Little said, “of leaders who advocate war yet dismiss the reality of death and its enduring consequences.”
More occasions are scheduled alongside the Wasatch Front in the subsequent week to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice.
- Saturday, 2 p.m. — Rededication of the Ogden Doughboy statue, Ogden Cemetery, 1875 Monroe Blvd., Ogden.
- Saturday, round three:30 p.m. — Flyover of a KC-135 Stratotanker, by means of the 151st Air Refueling Wing of the Utah Air National Guard, over Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City. The flyover will occur simply prior to Saturday’s Utes soccer sport against Oregon. The KC-135 is also observed circling over both Davis County or the south finish of Salt Lake County.
- Saturday, 7 p.m. — Utah National Guard’s Veterans Day live performance, Tabernacle at Temple Square, South Temple and Main Street, Salt Lake City.
- Sunday, 2 p.m. — Armistice Day poetry studying, with The Babcock Readers reciting works by means of World War I poets, Chapman Library, 577 S. 900 West, Salt Lake City.
- Monday, midday — Dedication of the new/renovated Utah State University War Memorial, USU campus, Logan.
- Thursday, Nov. 15, midday — Brown bag at the Utah State Archives, 346 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City.