Visitors Enjoy WWI Days At Midway Village

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- This year marks 100 years since the start of the First World War in Europe and Midway Village Museum in Rockford brought that part of history to life over the weekend.

This was the second year for WWI Days at Midway Village. Re-enactors dressed in military and civilian attire from the era taught visitors about what life was like in 1914. There were demonstrations of the weapons and field gear soldiers used in battle. The US entered WWI in 1917 and visitors learned how Rockford played a significant role in the war effort.

"We were the site of Camp Grant. This was when camp grant was started in 1917. That was the largest induction center for the army during WWI. We had at any one time 50,000 soldiers living at Camp Grant, which was more population than was in the whole city of Rockford at that time," says David Byrnes, President of Midway Village Museum.

The museum staff says around 1,000 came for the weekend's reenactments. If you missed out, you can still check out a display of world war one posters and artifacts. That’s here until the end of July.

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