New Tread of Pioneers exhibit honors WWI veterans
October 3, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Tread of Pioneers Museum has opened its newest exhibit, "Honor Roll of Routt County in the Great World War," which honors individuals from Routt County who served in World War I and highlights the local American Legion's history.
"Not only did they serve their country, they came back and served their community," said Jim Stanko, local veteran, historian and VFW and American Legion Post 44 member.
Nearly 4 million Americans of all backgrounds entered military service in World War I, either voluntarily or through the draft. In Routt County, service numbers exceeded Uncle Sam's requirements.
A large contingency of foreign-born immigrants, or children of foreign-born immigrants living in the county at the time were from the Baltic States. These community members were ready to fight for their homeland and prove their loyalty to the United States.
Many local native-born sons were eager for a chance to see the world or felt the call to serve. The exhibit will be on display through May 2019. Visit TreadofPioneers.org for more information.