The Great War: 1918-2018, Honoring the Centennial of the Armistice

November 11, 2018 marked 100 years since the signing of the armistice between the World War I Allies and Germany. The signing took place at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Around the country, commemoration activities are took place to mark the centennial, including a grand event at the works at the Washington State Capital. 

Click here for a list of World War I monuments and memorials in Washington.

Washington Soldiers carvings in quarries discovered in Loire River Valley 

WWI 300 dpi McCoolTake a look at the graffiti in these three images. These names were carved into the stone walls of quarries in the Loire River Valley by soldiers from Washington during World War I. 

The graffiti is located in central France, in and near the town of Noyers sur Cher, the location of U.S. Army supply depots and training camps during the war. French historians note that soldiers had free time after completing the mandatory 30-day training and before deployment to the front lines, or while waiting for transportation home after the end of the war. The nearby limestone quarries were ideal for inscribing names and messages. Tuffeau limestone is relatively soft and has been used to construct the world-famous chateaus of the Lorie River Valley. 

Our sincere thanks for the research and photographs provided by Valérie Chapeau, historian for the French region of Vallee du Cher et du Romoantinais, and photographer Nicolas Xavier, for the images and history of some of Washington's soldiers serving in the 41st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in central France during WWI.

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Image at page top:  Black and white photographic image of an Armistice Day parade on a Wilkeson, Pierce County, Washington, circa. 1918. A group of small boys and girls are clustered in the street at image lower left corner. They are followed by a rank of young people wearing uniforms and marching. Many boys march in following ranks: the class of 1926, honoring those who served in World War I. Men and women watch from the sidewalk in front of stores behind the parade. Stores include: The Reliable Shoe Store; Carlson's, housing the Carlson Hotel and Bar. Washington State Historical Society, Stuart Miller Collection, 2014.45.1.14.