Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Recommended: The 314th Infantry Descendants & Friends Website

This is one organization that is still highly active in remembering the Doughboys of the AEF.  The Descendants and Friends of the 314th are a group of people dedicated to honoring and preserving the story of their fathers, grandfathers, and family members in the First World War. 

The were originally organized as the Veterans of the 314th Infantry AEF. The veterans have since passed on, but they have not been forgotten. The group takes a broad view of the 314th to include the activities of its parent unit, the 79th Division. Their website includes a great amount of information on the division's training at Camp Meade, their very nifty memorabilia-filled memorial cabin that now rests at Valley Forge (shown above), operations in France, and details about the lives of the soldiers.  The image of the checkers set sent to the troops below is from their "Artifacts" section.

Also, see the information on their home page about their Memorial Day Commemoration on 29 May 2016 at the Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. 

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  2. I'd be very interested in contacting friends and descendants of the 318th!