Sergeant Alvin York’s memories revivedMay 26th, 2009 - 9:02 pm ICT by GD
The memories of World War I were revived in the beautiful seaside town of Nahant when the Memorial Day parade was held on the 25th of May. Though the parade is held annually, this year it had some very special moments. The main attraction of this year’s parade was the World War I machine gun which was carried in a decorated red wagon and was pulled by three Boy Scouts. Their effort was to re-create one of the scenes from the victory parade of the soldiers returning from World War I.
The most remarkable memory associated with the gun was the fact that it was the original gun that was seized by the war hero, Alvin York, from the German soldiers in one of the most legendary raids in the first world war history. According to the stories, the gun was then taken by a Nahat native who wanted to keep it as a souvenir. However, the gun was missing for quite sometime until it was finally discovered in the town library attic.
Sources have informed that the library plans to give away the gun to a Tennessee museum for $10,000 donation. The library trustee, John Welsh has said, “This is its farewell tour… a victory lap.”
The Tennessee born sergeant, Alvin CullumYork (1887 - 1964) became immensely popular with his contributions to the World War I. According to the historical annals York made his mark with his level headedness and courageous act in October 1918. However, few will know that despite his courageous wartime service, York was a Pacifist and he declared himself to be a convinced Pacifist.
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