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Please help us thank and honor a Brunswick County World War I veteran

The list of Brunswick County World War I Veterans is now available. Any veteran born, raised, lived, or served in Brunswick County is included. Please help us thank and honor the World War I veterans from Brunswick County.

Click here for the announcement: Announcement: Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran
Click here for directions to donate and honor a veteran: How to Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran

After the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range receives your donation, a certificate will be sent via email for you to print and frame, as well as an image of the soldier’s service card.

A design for the memorial has been proposed as shown. A historical booklet is also planned for the dedication on November 11, 2018, the Centennial of Armistice Day. The booklet will include some history of the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range and the veterans and donors.

 

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Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran

“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them” – George Eliot

Honor the sacrifices of the brave men and women from Brunswick County
who served in World War I

As we continue to commemorate the Centennial of World War I, the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range have been planning to honor the sacrifices of the brave men and women from Brunswick County, North Carolina. Many of them likely trained at the Fort Caswell Rifle Range, which was built in 1918 due to the number of soldiers arriving at Fort Caswell in preparation for the US entrance into the Great War.

We need your help.

The Friends of Fort Caswell have been raising funds for many years to stabilize the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range, which was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. This work is still continuing.

A memorial will be placed onsite to honor the men and women from Brunswick County who joined the military for the war effort. This memorial will be dedicated next year, Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, the Centennial of the end of World War I.

Brunswick County recruits from 1914
Courtesy of Jane B. Henry

“Honor a World War I Veteran”

  • To help us honor the veterans, this website will list the names of all men and women from Brunswick County using the North Carolina World War I Service Cards and other archived sources. Any veteran born, raised, lived, or served in Brunswick County will be included.
  • These names will be available on the website in various sorted lists such as alphabetical order, by service (Navy, Army, National Guard, etc).
  • You choose one (or more) to sponsor and send a donation.
  • A certificate will be sent via email for you to print and frame, as well as an image of the soldier’s service card.
  • Your name will be listed on the website as honoring that veteran.

We hope to have all veterans honored through your donations. Any additional funds will be added to continue the stabilization efforts of the Fort Caswell Rifle Range. Subscribe or visit the website often to follow progress throughout the year.

The Centennial year of World War I is upon us. The rifle range is the only freely accessible structure in Brunswick County that remains of the war.

This year is the perfect time to thank and honor the men and women who fought in World War I from Brunswick County.

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Brunswick Historical Society to meet Monday, November 13

The next meeting of the Brunswick County Historical Society will be Monday, November 13, at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp on Hwy 17 just south of Supply. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Dr. Norma Eckard, who will talk about the Friends of Fort Caswell World War I Rifle Pit and its efforts to stabilize the rifle range.

Eckard is a former professor at Campbell University and North Carolina State University and is the president of the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range, Inc.

Anyone interested in preserving and studying the history of Brunswick County and genealogy is invited to attend. The meeting is free to the public.

 

Please make a note of the date (Monday, November 13).

The Brunswick County Historical Society meets the second Monday of February, May, August, and November.

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