WAR BEGINS

The assassination of Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, launched the world into the greatest war it had ever seen. Less than three years later, the United States could no longer remain neutral in this conflict and declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, and then on Austria-Hungary on December 7. By 1918, American troops were arriving in Europe by the tens of thousands.

Every town had young men who joined the military, and families from all walks of life sacrificed sons, fathers, and husbands. At the local level, businesses sold war bonds, women made supplies, and children raised money to support the troops.

 

Hinsdale was no different. 

 

From the Home Guard to the Junior Jills, Hinsdaleans did their part to show their patriotism and aid in the national war effort.

Creator: Renesch, E. G. Poster shows a soldier embracing his wife as he is about to leave for war. Soldiers march in the background holding the American flag.

HINSDALE WAS PROUD TO SEND ITS FINEST YOUNG MEN TO THE FRONT

Of the 378 from the Hinsdale and Fullersburg area who enlisted in the military, eleven lost their lives and 21 casualties sustained injuries. 

All of them served with gallantry, honor, and distinction.

They’re gone - - - 

some of them where the Hun filled the air with shrapnel,

 some in the training camps of France, England and in the states;

 on the land, on the water and in the air. 

Wherever they fell, 

say for them that they “played the game.”

 ~Memorial War Review, April 9, 1920

THE GREAT WAR GALVANIZED CITIZENS INTO ACTION

Hinsdaleans organized various groups to provide local protection, raise funds, stage patriotic displays, plant gardens, roll bandages, and more.

 

They proved that service at home was just as significant to winning the war as military might.

Red Cross Headdress

Hinsdale Guard 

Hinsdale Red Cross

Junior Jills

Liberty Loans & Bonds

HONORING THE HEROS:

INDEPENDENCE DAY, 1919

 

The Village League of Hinsdale, dedicated to improving the material, social, and civic conditions of the village, had been organizing Independence Day festivities since 1907.  

 

And on July 4, 1919, the town really had something to celebrate; the Great War had ended, and veterans were finally returning home.

 

The day was filled with a grand parade in the morning, ball games and athletic events in the afternoon, and a band concert and dancing in the evening.

AN ARMISTICE WITH GERMANY ON NOVEMBER 11, 1918, ENDED THE WAR, AND HINSDALE SOON BEGAN EFFORTS TO HONOR THOSE WHO SERVED.

Returning veterans organized and quickly published a commemorative booklet entitled, "Memorial War Review".

 

Today, Memorial Hall stands as a reminder of those lost, and as a lasting testament to this community’s patriotic service.

Memorial War Review Booklet

Memorial Building

Memorial War Review

American Legion  #250

Victory

Statue

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