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100 Years Ago Today, America--and Indiana--Entered World War I

"The Great War" had raged on for three years by the time the United States entered the conflict on April 6, 1917.

(Hoosier soldiers march down a street in Muncie, Ind. in 1917.)

INDIANAPOLIS --  On this date 100 years ago, Indiana marched off to fight in "The War to End All Wars", "The Great War", World War I.

State leaders marked the anniversary on Thursday afternoon with a ceremony at the Indiana War Memorial. The commemoration was the first event in a 19-month-long project to recognize Indiana’s involvement in World War I.

"Few states have answered the way Indiana has. In fact, every time our freedom has been challenged, we have answered that call to protect it," said Governor Eric Holcomb.

Some 135,000 Hoosiers answered the nation's call to serve in World War I; 3,000 of them died. And even though "The Great War" may seem like something very remote that happened long ago, we can never remember those who served and the impact they made.

"We can never allow the memory to end of those who served and why they served; we can never allow that to fade. Days like today are so encouraging to me, and remind me of the fact that we won't," Holcomb said.

(Public domain image courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society.)

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