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To Make a Difference: American Volunteers in World War I

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Knights of Columbus Museum

1 State Street

New Haven, CT 06511

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Before the United States entered the war on April 6, 1917, Americans had been volunteering since August of 1914. Individual Americans undertook humanitarian and military service primarily with the Allies after the war broke out. They volunteered as ambulance and truck drivers, as hospital workers, as doctors and nurses. They crossed into Canada and received military training and were sent to Europe to fight under Allied flags. Americans joined the French Foreign Legion. A large number of volunteer organizations including the Knights of Columbus mobilized and contributed.

They volunteered for adventure, and to see the world — even one torn by war. They volunteered to make a difference.

Doran Cart, Senior Curator for the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri will present an illustrated program including first-person accounts, photographs and artwork.

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