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Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

World War I

1914-1919

 
 
World War I Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 16, 2021
1. World War I Marker
Inscription.  World War I, “The Great War,” began in Sarajevo with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary by a Bosnian Serb in June 1914. Germany, under Kaiser Wilhelm, was Austria's ally and went to war against Serbia. Soon all of Europe was drawn into a war based on political alliances. The United States remained neutral for much of the war until German submarines threatened US ships in the Atlantic and were spotted off the coast of Florida. The US declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. 117,000 Americans died in the war. The war inspired nationalist movements around the world including the Russian Revolution, the Irish Revolution, and the rise of Nazi Germany. The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919 bringing an end to the war but imposing such punishment on Germany that World War II was the result.

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Left: The broken column memorial in Veterans Memorial Park originally stood in Fifth Street Park (now Centennial Park) at 5th Street and Park Avenue. On it are listed the names of the Sanford men who died in World War I. It was donated to the city by T.J. Miller and his son Frank.
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Sanford's Campbell-Lossing American Legion Post #53 was formed in February 1920 and was named for Frank Campbell and Arthur Lossing who were both killed in the war in 1918. In 1927, a flagpole with a fountain at the base was placed at the entrance to the City pier (now Veterans Memorial Park) in memory of the Sanford men who died in World War I.
Right: The ladies of the Sanford chapter of the DAR won first place for their Armistice Day parade float in 1920. Parades were held in Sanford on November 11, Armistice Day, to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Today this is observed as Veterans Day.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasWar, World I. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
 
Location. 28° 48.912′ N, 81° 16.077′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker can be reached from West Seminole Boulevard. Marker is in the City of Sanford's Veterans Memorial Park, which extends over a pier into Lake Monroe. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 West Seminole Boulevard, Sanford FL 32771, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War of 1812 (a few steps from this marker); World War II (a few steps from this marker); Vietnam War (a few steps from this marker); Civil War (a few steps from this marker);
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American Revolution (a few steps from this marker); City of Sanford World War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Korean War (within shouting distance of this marker); Seminole County World War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on May 24, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
 
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