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Honoring the 100th Anniversary of WWI

WW1 MedallionJuly 28, 2014 marks the 100th honor all those who sacrificed their lives fighting for our freedom. There were hundreds of Maldonians who served in this war and many who were killed. Several soldiers are listed on the WWI Monument at Devir Park. 

World War I began on July 28, 1914 and ended November 11, 1918. The United States became involved when we declared war against Germany in April 1917. In 1916, many Malden men were called to active duty and served with Company L, 5th Infantry of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia (MVM) which would later become the Massachusetts National Guard. They were stationed at the Malden Armory; now the YMCA, where you can still see the letters “MVM” above the front entrance of the building. These men were known as the Malden Rifles and many of them would later serve and die in France. 

 

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