It’s been a century since the first wall was raised at Camp Lewis and nearly that long since the United States entered World War I.
On Oct. 19, two local historical societies will present a program and fundraising dinner to commemorate the war and the start of what today is called Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The Lakewood Historical Society is joining with the Tacoma Historical Society to present “Salute Pierce County” at the American Lake Conference Center at JBLM.
Speakers will include Myles Grant, current director of the Lewis Army Museum. He will give an overview of the world events that led up to the war and the United States’ entry in 1917 along with the creation of Camp Lewis.
Retired Maj. Gen. Jimmy Collins, former deputy commander of 1st Corps at JBLM, will speak on the involvement of the U.S. military and JBLM in today’s wars.
Other elements of the evening will focus on the era’s military and civilian culture. A combo from the 56th Army Band, America's Corps, assigned to I Corps on JBLM, will perform.
An exhibit will display female WWI era uniforms.
Retired U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks will receive the Tacoma Historical Society’s Star of Destiny Award.
The event will interest anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of current affairs, not just military history buffs, said Becky Huber, president of the Lakewood Historical Society.
“The repercussions of the decisions made at the end of that war are still reverberating in today’s world events,” she said.
Tickets must be purchased by Friday.