It’s been almost 100 years since the start of World War I. Two men who fought in that war live right here in Houston and went on to form the financial planning firm of Waddell and Reed. That firm is the sponsor of the World War 1 exhibit, Honoring Our History, paying tribute to their founders and everyone who fought in the war.
Company spokesman Bevin Hartnett:
"Artifacts from both Chauncey Waddell and Cameron Reed are in the exhibit, including old uniform pieces and log books as well. Their families have been very supportive of us in recognizing their history and their legacy to our firm and their contributions to our country as veterans of the war."
The exhibit is parked at the steps of the San Jacinto Monument. Houston is the first of several stops in Texas before it moves on to many other cities across the country.
The exhibit features a number of videos, plus real pictures, uniforms and equipment used by soldiers of the war.
"The neatest thing for me is the walk through trench. I think we hear about trench warfare in our schoolbooks many many years ago, but that doesn’t really mean a whole lot. When you get to walk through the trench and you see what that would have been like to be down below ground and wait for the enemy to come up. And to see the brotherhood in those trenches and what those folks must have gone through to fight — for pretty much the freedom of the world — it gives you real sense of history that again a text book wouldn’t give you."
Admission is free, but they’re asking for a donation that will go to the museum. The firm is also sponsoring a breakfast for all of Houston’s vets. That will also be at the monument and will be from 8-9 in the morning.
All images are courtesy of Honoring Our History traveling gallery.