Honoring our Ancestors who served in the Great War
ORDER OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR
The objects of the Order of the First World War are patriotic, historical and educational, and shall include those intended or designed to perpetuate the memory of those men and women who rendered honorable service for their country; to promote fellowship among their descendants; to inspire them and the community-at-large with a more profound reverence for their heritage, deeds and memory; to encourage historical research; to acquire and preserve the records of their individual services in the Great War of 1914-1918. In addition the Order endeavors to preserve documents, relics and landmarks; to mark the scenes of the fallen soldiers by appropriate memorials and to celebrate the anniversaries of the prominent events of the First World War.
Any man or woman shall be eligible for membership in the Order who, being a citizen of good repute in the community, is the lineal or collateral descendant, in the male or female line, of an ancestor, man or woman, who served in the Great War for Civilization, who was at all times unfailing in loyalty to, and rendered active service in the cause for his or her country. In addition to military service individuals who supported their country by “war work” such as working in industrial plants manufacturing war equipment, the American or International Red Cross, YMCA, Salvation Army, and other like organizations are also eligible. Also eligible are those served in the Federal Government in such capacities as the State Department, War Department, Selective Service, Rationing Boards etc. Although 1917-1918 were the dates of official American involvement in the First World War, but this Order is open to anyone with an ancestor who served from any country, in either the Allied or Central Powers, involved in the war from the years 1914-1918.
The Order of the First World War is a corporation of the State of Florida as a division of the Ancient Hereditary Orders, Inc. and has been designated a 501 ( c ) 4 organization by the Internal Revenue Service. The registered domain name is orderfirstworldwar.com.