A new First World War Commemorative Garden will be dedicated in Laclede on Sept. 15.
The dedication ceremony will be held at the Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site from 2-5 p.m. The dedication is designed to commemorate the garden as a place of solemn reflection on the many lives that were lost during the Great War.
During the ceremony, soil from the first eight First World War American Cemeteries, which were established by Gen. Pershing as chairman of the American Battlefield Monument Commission, will be scattered within the historic site’s garden.
The featured speaker for the garden dedication ceremony will be Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of the Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Also attending the ceremony will be representatives from organizations including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site is located at 1100 Pershing Drive, Laclede. For more information about the event, call (660) 963-2525.