World War I

Memphis in World War I

Aug 6, 2014
American Red Cross

Memphis played an important role in World War I, a war which began 100 years ago this month. 

The Harahan Bridge

Jul 15, 2014

rickgrainger /

The onset of World War I came as a surprise to many Mid-Southerners, yet, like much of the rest of the nation, Memphians joined the war effort with unprecedented determination. When the armed forces set up recruiting stations at the Tri-State Fair, able-bodied men lined up to enlist.

Citizens organized preparedness parades, and Memphis homemakers rallied to raise awareness about wartime rationing. Local mothers attended demonstrations on how to plan a menu for “Meatless Mondays” and “Wheat-Less Wednesdays.”