Fall Lunch and Lecture

Fall Lunch and Lecture
Veterans Memorial Hall Presents Lunch and Lecture Series
Understanding the First World War –A Century Later

Cost $12.00 (per session including lunch)
for reservations contact
Veterans Memorial Hall at 815.969.1999

Wednesday August 16 2017 11AM-1 PM- Part IV
“Wake Up America – Civilization Calls!”
How was it that we became so involved in Europe’s War, especially when so many Americans favored staying out of the conflict and the President of the United States Woodrow Wilson, promised a policy of neutrality.
Wednesday September 20 2017 11AM-1 PM-Part V
“For the Want Of America – America Goes Over There!”     
It all seemed so very far away, this hellish war with death tolls that were so large in numbers it was almost too much for the human mind to comprehend. And yet events were beginning to shape attitudes that would draw the U.S. into the very conflict it had tried for so long to avoid.
Wednesday October 18 2017 11AM-1 PM-Part VI   
“America Enters the Fray – Organizing For War”
When the United States declared war on the German Empire on April 6, 1917, it could not be more unprepared for a major conflict. The effort needed to transform the nation for a world war was massive beyond description.

Each session will follow the same agenda:
10:45- Arrival
11:00- Lecture
Noon- Lunch
12:30- Building Tour (optional)
Presented by Terry Dyer-Terry Dyer was born in Rockford and is a lifelong resident of northern Illinois. Terry’s passion for military history began when at an early age his father took him on a tour of Veterans Memorial Hall and spoke of his great-great uncle who served with the 12th Illinois Cavalry in the Civil War.
Terry currently holds the position of Docent at Veterans Memorial Hall and is the  past State Commander of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, a member S.U.V.C.W John A. Logan camp #26, and the Rock River Civil War Round Table.