Available now: A tribute to the 100 official Centennial World War I Memorials

On April 5, 2018, the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range was officially designated one of 100 World War I Centennial Memorials in the United States.

The tribute to the one hundred official Centennial World War One Memorials is now available for purchase.

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library gift shop website describes the publication. The website may be used to purchase the book.

100 CITIES 100 MEMORIALS: RESTORATION, RECOGNITION & REMEMBRANCE is the first work to commemorate the 100 official national World War One memorials of the United States.

As selected by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Chicago, and the Congress-appointed World War I Centennial Commission, these diverse monuments mirror the depth and breadth of the stories of dedication, sacrifice, and heroism they reflect.

With more than 230 archival images, vintage posters, and contemporary and specially commissioned photographs, this richly illustrated volume journeys from Hawaii to Maine, North Dakota to Florida, and Arizona to Illinois to celebrate the varied tributes formed of metal, stone, and memory.

Published to coincide with the fall 2024 installation of “A Soldier’s Journey” frieze at the National World War One Memorial at Pershing Park, Washington, D.C., 100 CITIES 100 MEMORIALS is much more than a picture book.

Through the powerful and personal stories it tells, this volume stands as a moving testament to those who answered the call of duty and shaped a pivotal era in American history.

The two page spread detailing the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range Memorial was created from the proposal written by the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range in 2017 to appeal for the honor.

The following sentence demonstrates the diverse group of individuals that joined in tribute to the Brunswick County WWI veterans.

“In 2011, a dedicated group of residents, including retirees, local politicians, journalists, artists, history and genealogy enthusiasts, professional engineers, attorneys, and leaders of other historic sites” began the work to save the historic structure.

The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range nonprofit, now defunct, was established for this mission. What followed was countless hours and years planning and implementing fundraisers, commemorations, stabilization and restoration, and the research and historical research necessary. Notable accomplishments include:

Some members of the community and supporters of the mission are mentioned in the book. We thank them again for their support and involvement.

A quote by Jim McKee, Site Manager at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site, is included in the text detailing the rifle range restoration.

Dylan Phillips, editor of Brunswick Beacon, was listed in the image credits for his photo of the rifle range. The photo was also featured in the September 2023 Brunswick Beacon supplement, Hidden history in Caswell Beach (A supplement to the newspaper issue)

Christine Urick was listed in the image credits for her familiar photo of the South Brunswick High School JROTC members during the April 6, 2019, WWI Commemoration.

Note: The publication was based on the 2017 proposal for the WWI Commemoration project, written by the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range. Some details have changed since, including the number of Brunswick County WWI veterans and nurses, and Jim McKee’s title.

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