American Legion Post 24 presented a plaque to the City of Alexandria containing the names of the 27 Alexandrian veterans who died in service to their country in WWI. The plaque is located on the Cameron St. side of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (courtesy photo)

The armistice ending World War I was signed on Nov. 11, 1918. One hundred years later, the City of Alexandrian and American Legion Post 24 held a ceremony to commemorate that centennial and to remember those Alexandrians who died in service to our Country during World War I.

T. C. Williams High School JROTC served as the honor guard and posted the colors. Dr. Lee Anthony, a WWI historian, was the featured speaker. The ceremony culminated with the unveiling of a plaque listing the names of the 27 Alexandrians who gave their lives as members of the U. S. military in World War I.

World War I Memorial (Photo: Kevin Baten)

As part of the ceremony, more than 8,000 knitted and crocheted red poppies were displayed and handed to guests in memory of Alexandria’s veterans. Local visitors and residents created the poppies over the last 18 months for the event. Poppies were officially adopted as a symbol of remembrance for those who died in service to their country shortly after World War I.

For a small city in the shadows of the Nation’s capital, Alexandria was fully involved in World War I.  More than 4,000 residents participated directly in uniform, while hundreds more worked in war industries including aircraft construction, shipbuilding, and other war-related production. Effects of the war can still be seen in Alexandria today.