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Remembering WWI and the Sons of Cloverdale

Sunday, August 24th, 2014 | Posted by

The Cloverdale Historical Society will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I in their Fall Speaker Series that begins this week.

WWIAll programs will include speakers, poetry readings, music and dramatizations designed to make them moving, thought-provoking, educational and entertaining.

The Cloverdale Historical Society is a member of the First World War Centenary Partnership Program, led by the Imperial War Museum (IWM). Through this Centenary Program, Cloverdale has been linked to over 3,000 organizations from more than 50 countries commemorating the First World War Centenary through events around the world.

Their five-part Fall Speaker Series, which goes from the start of the war in 1914 through 1918 and the “peace to end all peace,” will remember, in particular, the men from Cloverdale who served in World War I.

The first program in the series, “The Sons of Cloverdale and the Great War 1914-1918; A Centennial Remembrance,” will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd.

Featured will be a poetry reading by Steven David Martin, as well as a Parade of Nations Opening Ceremony. A dramatic presentation will introduce those in attendance to Attilio Amaroli, one of Cloverdale’s Sons.

Guest speakers will be, in person, Christopher O’Sullivan, Ph.D., USF, who will present “1914-The Road to Catastrophe,” and by audio, David J. Dunn, Ph.D., Keele University, U.K., speaking on “Britain and the Great War.”

Dr. Dunn is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow, School of Politics and International Relations, Keele University, England. His audio presentation was created exclusively for this Speaker Series.

Produced by CHS member and supporter, Joaquin Espinosa, the WWI Centenary Program has been developed with Cloverdalians Al Delsid, Gene Marcinkowski and Don Green, in conjunction with the local VFW and American Legion posts and funding from the Cloverdale Historical Society and its members.

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online, at the Mail Center, 207-A N. Cloverdale Blvd. or at the History Center, 215 N. Cloverdale Blvd. A reception will be held at the History Center immediately following event.

Future programs will take place on Sept. 17, Oct. 7, and Oct. 28, concluding with a special Armistice Day program Nov. 11 at the Citrus Fair.

For more information, visit the Historical Society online or call 894-2067.

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