One hundred years ago today, April 6th, 1917, Congress formally declared war on the German Empire, and the United States joined the Allies in the Great War. The nation prepared for war; within a month, dozens of West Boylston men had enlisted in the military and a surge of patriotism rallied townspeople to ration food, donate to relief efforts, and work together to support the soldiers and their families.
Below is the Honor Roll of every person from West Boylston who served in the war. Notable on the list is Maj. Victor E. Edwards, for whom our elementary school is named. Do you see any familiar names in the list? Let us know! Help us honor these men’s service and memory this month as we commemorate America’s entrance into World War I in 1917.