Loudoun and The Great War 1917 to 1918: 100 Anniversary of America's entry into World War I
In 1914 most county residents, as well as the rest of the United States, believed that the country should avoid the battlefields of Europe. After three years of following the war in newspapers, many people in the United States and Loudoun began to accept the possibility that the U.S. was going to enter the war.
On April 6, 1917 the United States declared war on the German and the Austro-Hungarian Empires.
The entry of the United States in World War I began a massive shift of the country's population from rural communities to urban centers. The war impacted and changed America's agriculture, industry, banking, transportation, and especially its future role in the world. In less than 100 years, and two world wars, Loudoun County become a microcosm of America's 20th century transformation from a rural base society to an international urban center.
"Vote for peace-vote for smiles on our women's faces-vote that our boys may live out their allotted lives-vote that our daughters may never face what those of Belgium faced and suffered."
Loudoun Times Mirror, November 1, 1916
"The Time has come, when we, the American people, must awaken to the fact, that we are living in an atmosphere of false security. We cannot longer afford to disregard danger signals seen on every side nor ignore recent bloody history."
Loudoun Times Mirror, September 27, 1916
Loudoun County historic sites and local government jurisdictions have formed a World War I Centennial Committee to commemorate Loudoun's role in the Great War. Over the next three years, residents and visitors will have the opportunity to view unique World War I documents and artifacts at a variety of programs and events offered by the Centennial Committee.