OSWEGO – The Oswego County Historical Society will host a lecture entitled “Oswego County World War I Commemoration: Celebration, Remembrance & Reflection” on November 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Room of the Oswego Public Library at 120 E. Second St.
The event is free and open to the public.
The guest speakers will be Oswego County World War I Commemoration Committee members Dan Allen and Mark Slosek, Oswego City Historian.
This lecture coincides with the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, ending World War I on November 11, 1918.
One of the lasting memorials initiated by the committee is a commemorative plaque generously provided by the Oswego County Legislature.
The plaque will be placed in the Oswego County Veterans’ Memorial Park along West Linear Park on November 11.
On the plaque is a list of 132 individual veterans from Oswego County that made the ultimate sacrifice as causalities during the war.
“The Oswego County World War I Commemoration Project has focused on an important centennial of our American patriotic history, in particular the end of World War I on November 11, 1918,” said Justin White, Oswego County Historian and member of the commemoration committee. “The war had a major impact in communities around the country and Oswego County was equally affected. There was a strong enlistment from the local men who served in the war and the county citizens that diligently helped with the cause. There are many incredible stories that have been rediscovered through research. The goal is to have an accurate master list of the veterans that served to begin sharing their stories.”
The program will highlight the many significant projects that have occurred to bring awareness and appreciation of the contributions to the “Great War” history in Oswego County.
Projects have included a flag program for individual memorial graves stateside and abroad. The committee planned long-term improvement of historic World War I memorials located in parks of the city of Oswego.
The program will also focus on some personal stories of the men that served and made the ultimate sacrifice for peace and freedom around the world.
The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1896 and dedicated to the collection, promotion and interpretation of the historical resources of the county.
It owns and operates the historic landmark Richardson-Bates House Museum at 135 E. Third St. in Oswego.
The museum is open for tours Thursday – Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit www.rbhousemuseum.org or call during regular hours at 315-343-1342.