When WWI first started, no one knew the impact it would have across the centuries. Join us on Saturday, Dec. 9th at 2 pm as we hear how the first Christmas during WWI changed the world. This program is free and open to the public. The first Christmas celebrated during WWI in 1914 looked a lot different than those in the following years.
One of the most talked about stories is the unofficial and un-sanctioned Christmas Truce. A few brief hours during which men from both sides on the Western Front laid down their arms, emerged from their trenches, and shared food, carols, games and fellowship. Commands on both sides disapproved and this type of truce never happened again during the war.
One of the greatest humanitarian efforts to happen during WWI was the Christmas ship. The writer and editor of the Chicago Herald were determined to help the children orphaned from the war. Their article spurring Americans into action, solicited enough donation for over 5 million toys to send overseas! The USS Jason was loaded with gifts in New York harbor and set sail in November in 1914.
Come learn about these two Christmas stories and more in December!