World War I had a dramatic impact on the nation and our Commonwealth. For Virginia, perhaps one of the most significant legacies was the establishment of a sizable military presence within the state. The creation of major bases brought money, jobs, and an influx of Americans from other regions — a development that helped return the Commonwealth to national prominence.
On a more personal scale, every Virginia family was affected by the war in some way — the 100,000 who served abroad, the 3,700 soldiers lost, and the many thousands who supported their effort.
Since its 2018 exhibitions, WW1 America and The Commonwealth and the Great War, the VMHC has continued to collect stories demonstrating the impact of the war on Virginia and Virginians, including the following: