One of Our Nation’s First Roads of Remembrance
July 28, 1914, marked the start of World War I, one of the largest wars in history. During the war, the United States alone deployed more than 4 million military personnel – roughly the number of people residing today in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, North Port, Bradenton, Sarasota, Homosassa Springs, Lakeland, Winter Haven, and the surrounding areas of the Greater Tampa Bay Region.
Across the world, more than 9 million combatants lost their lives. One hundred and ten thousand U.S. soldiers did not return, including one hundred and six veterans from Hillsborough County.
While war ravaged overseas, other changes were also taking place at home. The automobile and its roadways stood at the center of many of these changes. Ford’s Model T offered the first affordable automobile for middle-class families. Its rapid gain in popularity brought people together, facilitated commerce, and provided new leisure opportunities.