2018 is a special year for the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range. What began seven years ago as an effort to save a irreplaceable piece of history, a relic from 1918, reaches a milestone of 100 years old.
At the same time, an important date in history is the signing of the armistice on November 11, 1918, a day which is commemorated every year. This year, we commemorate the centennial of the signing, when the tragic war came to an end and the death and destruction from the war in Europe ended.
We have seen how our young men and women bravely volunteered or heeded the call to service and traveled across the ocean to fight with the Allies. Many of them had never before left the county or state. Many of them left behind families. Many of them did not return.
The focus since November 2017 has been on the veterans in Brunswick County and their sacrifices and this continues with our two events this year. We have received donations for the planned WWI memorial at the site of the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range. The thermometer at the right side of the website indicates the amount of funds still needed for the memorial. It also shows the number of Brunswick County WWI veterans who have been honored and the number not yet honored. Please take a moment to read through the veteran list and donor list, and view the WWI Profiles that are being posted weekly. Their stories can be both inspiring and tragic.
Our next event is April 6, 2018, the Commemoration of the Centennial +1 of the United States entering WWI. A flyer will be posted soon. This event is similar to last year’s commemorating the Centennial. The names of those Brunswick County veterans who have been chosen for honor by residents and donors will be read aloud.
The 2018 Derby Fundraiser is also being planned. As years past, it will be held at the Caswell Dunes clubhouse on May 5, 2018, from 2:30pm – 7:00pm. See the Fundraising section for details, or click on this link to go directly to the 2018 Derby Day Fundraiser webpage.