A Letter from Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I.  In New Jersey, we recognize the important and multi-faceted role our State played in the history of the “war to end all wars” – from the three million troops who passed through the port in Hoboken on their way to the Front – to the 100th anniversary of Fort Dix, one of 16 national Army training camps built in 1917 to train World War I soldiers – to the notorious act of sabotage at the Black Tom Depot in Jersey City, a terrible explosion that scarred the Statue of Liberty forever – to our over 140,000 residents who ultimately served in the conflict.

The history of New Jersey’s role in the war can be experienced at more than 160 sites across our State.  As a Blue Star Mom, with a son flying F-16’s for the United States Air Force, I am fascinated by this history.  I encourage you all to visit those sites and to take part in the centennial events happening across New Jersey this year.

In particular, I encourage you to visit a new exhibit, “Embattled Emblems: Posters and Flags of the First World War,” which opened September 16 at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.  This exhibition showcases posters and flags used to stir patriotism and support the war effort.  The exhibit runs through August 19, 2018.  For more information please visit http://www.nj.gov/state/museum/dos_museum_exhibit-embattled-emblems.html.

Also, I encourage World War I enthusiasts and educators to participate in the New Jersey Historical Commission’s 2017 annual conference on November 3 at Rowan College at Burlington County and November 4 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.  The conference will focus on many of the economic, social, technological, military, and artistic impacts of World War I on our State, which continue to affect us to the present day.  For more information and to register, please visit: http://discovernjhistory.org/dont-miss-new-jersey-and-the-great-war-nov-3-4-at-rowan-college-at-burlington-county-joint-base-mcguire-dix-lakehurst/.

In this centennial year, let us honor all those who have rendered the highest service any New Jerseyan can offer – those who have fought for our freedom and our security.  To learn more about World War I exhibitions, programs, and memorials in New Jersey, please visit http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/nj-wwi-centennial-home.html

Kim Guadagno
Lt. Governor

The Lt. Governor and Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff participate in a World War I Wreath Laying Ceremony at the War Memorial

The Lt. Governor and Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff participate in a World War I Wreath Laying Ceremony at the War Memorial

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