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April 6th marks the centennial of American entrance into World War I. On that date, 100 years ago, the United States officially joined Allied efforts and declared war against Germany; over 4.5 million American men and women came to serve in the war effort, more than 200,000 people were wounded and over 116,000 soldiers—or “doughboys—died overseas.
Today, there are physical reminders of the Great War all around us, which we can see year-round. In commemoration of the centennial, however, we’ve rounded up 10 WWI-themed events taking place in New York — many of which are free and presented by the Cultural Services of The French Embassy.
1. World War I New York: Book Talk with Kevin Fitzpatrick
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Join Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, author of World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War, as he discusses New York’s role during the war effort in an evening event hosted by the New York Transit Museum; you’ll learn about war monuments, hear transit-related stories and see items from the museum’s collection, which reveal the role of the city’s transit system during the war. Tickets are $10 or free for Museum Members and Untapped readers with the code “WORLDWAR1.” See more details here, and read our WWI article by Kevin Fitzpatrick.
Also check out World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War below: