Guardsmen heading to France for WWI centennial events
TROY, N.Y. (AP) — A contingent of New York Army National Guard members will be heading to Europe to participate in ceremonies commemorating the World War I centennial.
National Guard officials say 25 members of the Troy-based 42nd Infantry Division will depart Monday for France. They’ll attend a week of events marking the 100th anniversary of the Second Battle of the Marne.
The U.S. Army has units taking part in commemorative events in France this year, leading up to the centennial of the Armistice on Nov. 11.
The New York guardsmen will visit battlefields in France where the 42nd Division’s soldiers fought under officers including Douglas MacArthur, William “Wild Bill” Donovan of Buffalo and Quentin Roosevelt, youngest son of former President Theodore Roosevelt. The younger Roosevelt died in action 100 years ago this month.