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A taste of World War I at Maple Grove Cemetery

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HED: Over there! The 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I inspires these troops from the Museum of American Armour on Long Island to stage a re-enactment of The Great War as a cavalry unit of the U.S. Army at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens.
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The uniforms are made of wool and the haversack carried both food and personal belongings. All designs are authentic.
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Colt made these sidearms for U.S. soldiers in the mid-teens to use in close combat. The kids at last Saturday’s re-enactment were told New York City law forbids them from picking one up.
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Students who are assigned to write reports about the re-enactment listen to some of the grisly details of what a soldier on horseback could do to the enemy with his Army saber.
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Postcards were the primary form of quick communication between soldiers and the homefront in the pre-email days. This vintage card shows basic training at Fort Upton in Yaphank, L.I., with a message on the back announcing this particular young draftee had safely arrived at camp.
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World War I is the final war in which the United States employed horses in battle, this young lady explains. By the war’s end, cavalry soldiers had been assigned to artillery units and the horses were used to pull the heavy guns.

To mark the centennial of America’s entrance into World War I, the Great War, a handful of volunteers staged a re-enactment at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens — a trip back to the daily life of the Doughboys in Europe at a moment in time when the art of war was changing for the deadlier.

The men were from the American Museum of Armor in Old Bethpage, L.I., a repository of old uniforms and weapons authentic enough to recreate a cavalry unit, circa 1918.

Take a glimpse from present day into the past.

Updated 11:52 am, May 7, 2018
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