Friday, November 4, 2016

Never Forgotten

 Around 1912 , the National Guard began using an area north of Anniston for training; however, in 1917, the War Department established Camp McClellan, with that same approximate 19,000 acres of farmland.
During World War II, the then named Fort McClellan became one of the largest military installations in the U.S., training a near half million troops. During BRAC in 1999, Fort McClellan was placed on the list for closure.
One thing many don't know about McClellan is that, during World War II, Fort McClellan had many POWs , mostly German and some Italian.
These men were artists, who painted Remington Hall's Murals, stonemasons who helped build bridges, and some did wood carving and more. The writers of the group also created their own newspaper, complete with games, articles and drawings, capturing life at camp.
There were POW Camps throughout the South, and some POWs became sick or succumbed to their injuries. McClellan was chosen as a location for burial. Today, each second Sunday in November is reserved for an German/Italian Memorial Service at the Cemetery, located on Shipley Road in Anniston. German and Italian delegation from nearby Redstone Arsenal attend, speak and participate in a wreath laying ceremony. This event is very unique and special, so join us, Sunday, November 13, at 11 a.m.

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