A Call to Service

Wilson asks soldiers to undertake a great duty

On May 4, 2007 the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, historically known as the Stonewall Brigade, mustered and shipped out from the Thomas D. Howie Memorial Armory in Staunton, Virginia for service in Iraq. This unit traces its lineage back to 1742 but became the 116th Infantry Regiment when it was called upon to join the fight on the Western Front in World War I.

Two days after the soldiers of the Stonewall Brigade were drafted into Federal Service and only weeks before they would become part of the 29th "Blue and Gray" Division that saw battle in the trenches of France, President Wilson sent this message to the soldiers he had charged "to show all. . . not only what good soldiers you are, but also what good men you are. . . and set a standard so high that it will be a glory to live up to it."

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