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About the Mid-America Honor Flight
· The Chadron based Mid-America Honor Flight program transported 206 area veterans and guardians in eight groups (through July, 2016) to visit the War Memorials in Washington, DC. $151,256.96 was raised locally to accomplish this feat. To learn how you can donate to the Mid-America Honor Flight contact us at First National Bank.
About the First World War, Selective Services Act of 1917, and Liberty Loan Act of 1917
Our purpose is to provide you resources to learn about important events nearing 100 years ago. The entrance of the United States in the First World War, also known as the Great War, shaped our country as a premier world power. We honor the American Veterans and citizens that sacrificed so much so that we may continue to enjoy the freedoms envisioned by our forefathers.
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The First World War
In 1917 the US was desperately needed to relieve exhausted allied forces in midst of the Great War. President Woodrow Wilson declared war April 6, 1917. Our fledgling country had an army of only 100,000 and no mechanism to fund a massive war effort.
Selective Services Act of 1917
The first troops of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF), began arriving on the European continent in June 1917.
“No commander was ever privileged to lead a finer force; no commander ever derived greater inspiration from the performance of his troops.”
General John J. Pershing, Commander in Chief (1917 to 1919)
The First National Bank of Chadron collection at the Nebraska State Historical Society contains original documents on local implementation of the Selective Service Act of 1917. A sampling of those archives are available for review at our bank locations.
The Blue Star Flag
The Service flag, also called the Blue Star Flag, was designed and patented by WWI Army Captain Robert L. Queisser of the 5th Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving on the front line. The flag quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in service. President Wilson became part of this history when in 1918 he approved a suggestion made by the Women's Committee of the Council of National Defenses that mothers who had lost a child serving in the war wear a gold gilt star on the traditional black mourning arm band. This led to the tradition of covering the blue star with a gold star on the Service flag to indicate that the service member has died.
An original “Blue Star Flag” (circa 1918) from the Whitney, Nebraska community is on display at the Chadron bank. Each star recognizes a local boy that was serving in the First World War.
Liberty Loan Act of 1917
“We must be willing to give up something of personal convenience, something of personal comfort, something of our treasure – all, if necessary, and our lives in the bargain, to support our noble sons who go out to die for us.”
William Gibbs McAdoo, Secretary of the Treasury (1913 to 1919)
A “Third Liberty Loan” banner is on display in the Chadron and Ainsworth bank lobbies. The First National Bank of Chadron Liberty Loan collection is available for viewing at the C.F. Coffee Gallery (located on the campus of Chadron State College). A sampling of the archives are available for review at our bank locations.
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