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LSC professor, students commemorate 100th anniversary of end of WWI

November 7, 2018

For a few weeks now, students at Lone Star College-Montgomery may have heard the sound of bagpipes resonating throughout campus intermittently.

The man behind the pipes, professor Craig Livingston, has been performing on campus to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The so-called “war to end all wars” ended in an armistice on Nov. 11, 1918.

While donning his traditional kilt, Livingston played songs such as “The Bloody Fields of Flanders,” “King George V’s Army” and “Battle of the Somme,” all of which are remembrances of the sacrifices made in WWI.

Sacrifices which were indeed great: millions of people, both military and civilian, died during the fight involving more than 30 countries.

“World War I was a huge tragedy,” said Linvingston, a U.S. History professor.

That aspect, he added, is important for students to realize.

“For the Americans who died there, they went there for an ideal to restore harmony to the nations. The Americans died for France, and France remembers it that way,” Livingston said.

Livingston said that though lives were lost, the war proved that the sacrifices were not made in vain.

“It showed that there were things worth fighting for.” he added.

In 2014, Livingston organized a similar commemoration on the start of WWI in which he taught a class on the war. This Sunday closes out the four-year remembrance.

In addition to the piping and the class, Livingston has also organized special lectures, movie nights and a slate of students to man an information table about the war around campus in the week or so leading up to the anniversary.

While short student-made videos played on a television next to her, Jessica Caruth interacted with students walking by. She’s taking a history class covering the war, taught by Livingston, during this semester.

“It’s nice to be able to inform people about World War I,” Caruth said.

Caruth and Jocelyn Haro, another student at the information table, were also making felt sticky-backed poppies to hand out to students.

Poppies, usually red or white flowers, have become a symbol of remembrance for the soldiers who lost their lives during wartime, as well as the coming of peace.

Haro said that a few students knew some details about the war, but she was able to tell them about the importance of the felt flowers. Several students took flowers with them to wear on their shirts.

jane.stueckemann@chron.com

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