On November 11, 1918, at 11am (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month), World War I ended. In the years following, ceremonies were held to honor the day, known as Armistice Day.
Armistice Day became a national holiday in the United States in 1938. It was a celebration of the “war to end all wars.” But a few years later, a new world war broke out.
Veterans Day became the new national holiday in 1954, a day to recognize all veterans.
In April of this year, The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range completed their mission to honor the World War I veterans from Brunswick County by reading their names. World War I is commonly known as the Forgotten War. These Roll Calls ensured that the names of the men and women and their sacrifices would not be forgotten.
Today we honor all who served.
Most of the photos of Brunswick County WWI veterans in their uniforms were shared by their descendants. From the top left: Harry Clayton Chinnis (pictured at right), Henry Lindon Clemmons, Lennox Walker Clemmons, John Daniel Eriksen, David Bertram Frink, John William Lancaster, David Elton Lewis, Dorman Lowell Mercer, William Winfield Millinor, Jackson Berry Potter, Robert Eugene Robbins, Craven Ledrew Sellers, Robert Bollie Stanley, William Thompson White, George Finnis Willetts, Henry David Williams and Albert Warren Williams, Susan Adkins Williams (unconfirmed)
To see the list of veterans who served in World War I from Brunswick County, and the names of the nurses who served at Fort Caswell during WWI, use these links. Those veterans with a written profile may be accessed using the links on these lists.
Brunswick County WWI Veterans
Fort Caswell WWI Nurses
Read more about the origins of Veterans Day here.