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Museum to honor North Carolina’s World War I past

By DREW BROOKS | The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer | Published: September 22, 2018

(Tribune News Service) — The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh will honor the state’s World War I service later this month.

A special program Sept. 29 on the museum’s Military Services Day will mark the 100-year anniversary of “Breaking the Hindenburg Line.”

Breaking the line was a milestone considered a turning point of the war. It also claimed more North Carolinian lives than any other battle in World War I.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Museum of History will host a concert and other events. The day is centered around the museum’s award-winning “North Carolina & World War I” exhibit, which commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. entering the war.

The World War I exhibit has been seen by more than 450,000 visitors since it opened in April 2017 and is the most-visited temporary exhibit in the museum’s history.

“North Carolina & World War I” is set to close Jan. 6.

Military Services Day will feature a bagpipe-and-drum band, personal accounts of American war veterans, hands-on WWI-related crafts for children and living history interpreters.

“The museum’s Military Services Day and WWI special centennial exhibition commemorate the service and sacrifice of North Carolinians during World War I,” said Jackson Marshall, museum deputy director and lead curator for the World War I exhibit. “September 29 is the date when North Carolina troops broke through the German ‘Hindenburg Line’ defensive stronghold that helped bring an end to the war, but with a loss of nearly 2,500 Tar Heels killed or wounded.”

Admission and parking are free, officials said.

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