World War I Commemoration Ceremony: April 2017

Many people from the surrounding area attended the Commemoration of the Centennial date the United States entered World War I: April 6, 1917.

(left) Diane Kuebert greeted guests and talked about the United States’ involvement in the war.

(right) Cindy Sellers read a few excerpts from a small New Testament belonging to her great uncle who served in World War I. These small books were distributed to soldiers as they left for Europe and they carried them to France, as did Cindy’s great uncle.


In the Time of Remembrance, attendees gave the name and rank of a relative that served.

Norma Eckard then spoke about the historical significance of the rifle range. Saving this structure helps us honor the men that perished while fighting for freedom during the Great War, while also serving to remind future generations of the country’s sacrifice.

Carl Mauney, a reenactor from Pennsylvania, held everyone’s attention as he described his uniform and presented the experience in full detail. We appreciate him volunteering his time to educate us!

A tour of the rifle range was led by Norma Eckard and Paul Shivers. Paul Shivers, the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range project engineer, gave historical remarks about the construction of the rifle range. His valuable knowledge due to his extensive involvement in the history of the area as well as all he has contributed to the stabilization of the rifle range was a great addition to our ceremony.

The event was sponsored by the Brunswick Town Chapter DAR and the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range at the site of the historical rifle pit.

For another story read Ceremony honors 100th anniversary of World War I
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