World War I

War Horse

By Michael Murpurgo

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A horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master.

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The Night Flyers

By Elizabeth McDavid Jones

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In 1918, caring for her family's homing pigeons while her father is away fighting in World War I, twelve-year-old Pam comes to suspect that a mysterious stranger in her small North Carolina town is a German spy.
Part of the History Mysteries series.

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The Language of Doves

By Rosemary Wells

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On her sixth birthday, Julietta's grandfather gives her one of his beautiful homing pigeons and tells her a story of his experience raising and training doves in Italy during the Great War.

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Summer Soldiers

By Susan Hart Lindquist

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Not all wars are fought on battlefields. After his father goes off to France during the summer of 1918, eleven-year-old Joe takes on hard new responsibilities on his parents' sheep ranch and learns grownup truths about bullies and prejudice.

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Jimmy Crack Corn

By Candice Ransom

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A young boy and his father leave their northern Virginia farm in 1932 to march on Washington, seeking the bonus money veterans were promised after World War I.

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Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon

By Dhan Gopal Mukerji

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Beautiful Gay-Neck was raised in India and would be used to carry messages by a Bengal Regiment in France during World War I. This story of an animal's courage also reveals what life was like for a boy growing up in India during the period.

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Memorial Day: A Day of Remembrance

Memorial Day has a long history, reaching back to the end of the Civil War. On April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered his army, and soldiers of the North and South went home to their families, their ranks thinned by the war's bloodshed. Thousands upon thousands of the men who went to battle never returned. At home, their families grieved for the fathers and brothers lost to them and looked for a way to memorialize their sacrifices.

Esprit de Corps

"That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one colonel, two lieutenant colonels, two majors and officers as usual in other regiments, that they consist of an equal number of privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken that no person be appointed to office or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea."
(Resolution of the Continental Congress, 10 November 1775.)