The Unknown Soldier: How Does Military Service Change You?

The Unknown Soldier: How Does Military Service Change You?

March 30, 2017 12:30 PM
Join Kishwaukee College History faculty member and veteran Jennifer Jossendal and a panel of veterans in a discussion of the military experience. War transforms whomever it touches. Reading diaries and memoirs of World War I reveals both terror and thrill, a sense of purpose and bafflement. They provide glimpses of long periods of boredom between battles, the comradeship that only veterans understand, and open windows into the minds of those experiencing the full measure of military service. They also tell of returning Veterans who struggled to understand how war had impacted those who never saw the front lines. Are these themes unique to World War I, or are they present in Veterans of recent wars? Cookies and lemonade provided! This programming is sponsored by the Kishwaukee College Library as part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of the Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.