A day of remembering World War I will be hosted on Saturday by Muskogee Public Library to mark the end of The Great War, which ended 100 years ago on Nov. 11.
Several displays will be available to view including “A Day in the Life,” World War I books, “What did it cost” game, the story of the poppy, and patriotic coloring sheets. Stars honoring all veterans will be posted throughout the library. Veterans can claim a star for themselves or a family member can honor them. Staff members are also making poppies to present to veterans and flag pins will also be available.
Knitting workshops are scheduled at 10 a.m. and at 3:30 p.m. in recognition of the knitting effort that involved people of all ages during World War I. Knitting for the troops was a passion across the United States with not only women, but men and children contributing to the effort. Bring your needles and yarn.
Ed Warren will perform World War I music during the noon hour.
A Tasting of World War I foods will be held at 1 p.m. in the Grant Foreman Room. Civilians and troops all experienced deprivation and recipes were created to conserve beef, wheat and other products to help fuel the war. A recipe booklet of World War I recipes will be available.
A display of World War I servicemen and women can be viewed during this entire month. Area persons having a family member or friend who served are welcome to bring in a photograph and/or information, says Debbie Goodwin, head of circulation. This will be similar to the veteran’s display she creates annually for Memorial Day.
People are also welcome to attend the program at 2 p.m. on Saturday and share some information on their World War I patriot. This is in combination with a program being presented on “Researching World War I Ancestors” by Nancy Calhoun, department head of Genealogy and Local History. It is a common misconception that all World War I service records were destroyed by a fire In St. Louis. However, not all is lost and there are other resources for gaining information on those who served in World War I. Those attending will be treated to doughnuts and coffee.
Members of the Muskogee County Genealogical Society and staff members will be present to assist with researching World War I ancestors. Have a cup of coffee and get some expert help during the morning.
Children and youth are also making and offering Blue Star banners to families who have a family member currently serving in the Armed Forces. This tradition originated during World War I and were displayed in the windows of family homes. The Blue Star Service Banner was designed in 1917 by World War I Army Capt. Robert L. Queisser of the 5th Ohio Infantry. His two sons served on the front line. His banner quickly became the unofficial symbol for parents with a child in active military service. The banners can display up to five stars if multiple family members are serving. These are available at the library as long as supplies last. Call to reserve one or stop by the library.
Those attending are welcome to wear period clothing: civilian or military. Live stream events and documentaries will be available to view all day in the Grant Foreman and Glass Room on the second floor.
Christmas cards to sign will be offered through November 14 to be sent to troops currently serving. Over 100 cards have been signed with a goal of 300. Donations of cards are welcome.
Proud editor’s note: My maternal grandfather, Forrest S. Marmor, fought in World War I and left notes he intended to turn into a book on the war. He was very old when I was very young, but I used to love to sit with him and listen to his stories.