Traveling WWI Exhibit in Auburn

It’s the 100th anniversary of the United States involvement in WWI.

Alabama is commemorating the soldiers with a traveling exhibit making it’s way throughout the state.

Right now, it’s at The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill located at 101 S. Debardeleben St. in Auburn.

“WWI is a subject that we often joke about that it’s the war that came before WWII. But, we want people to understand the experience of WWI for the soldiers and for our country and our state,” said Mark Wilson, Director of The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill.

Industrial design students helped create the exhibit, so it can be displayed all over the state.

“We hope that the exhibit shows that their stories are very important and for others to preserve those materials for the next generation,” said Wilson.

Cathy Clark wears her grandfather’s WWI dog tag and war cross around her neck.

“He was in the 53rd pioneer infantry out of Tallapoosa County,” said Clark.

Clark always looked up to her grandfather and said an exhibit like this helps her understand more of the person he was when he came back from the war.

“i just can’t help but think of all those young men and what they went through and thankful for what they endured so I can sit here today and talk to you,” said Clark.

They also ask you to place a poppy at the base of the Croix Rouge Farm memorial display to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The exhibit will be at Pebble Hill until Saturday, so if you would like to tour it or find out where it’s going next visit, www.RemembertheGreatWar.org

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