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06-16-17 Ribbon Cutting for Fort Lee Centennial Exhibit

WHAT: This is the official opening ceremony for the Fort Lee Centennial Exhibit, Mobilizing for War, at Chesterfield County’s Historic 1892 County Jail, recognizing the establishment of Camp Lee, later Fort Lee, and the beginning of World War I. The exhibit contains 10 war posters that were used to mobilize the country, by encouraging citizens to either join the Army or support the war effort. The exhibit will be on display in the Historic 1892 County Jail until November 2018, as part of Chesterfield County’s commemoration efforts for World War I and the impact it had upon the county.

Camp Lee, later Fort Lee, was established in 1917 as part of the mobilization efforts of the U.S. Army following American entry into WWI. Camp Lee trained the 80th “Blue Ridge” Division,” named for the draftees who came from that part of Virginia, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. Once the division departed for France, Camp Lee became a replacement training center for more than 40,000 soldiers. Today, Fort Lee is the center of the logistical sustainment for the U.S. Army.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 21
Media Interviews and Preview of the exhibit at 9 a.m.
Opening Ceremony at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Chesterfield County Government Complex, 6819 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield, Va. 23832

WHO: County Planning Department staff will be on hand to listen to the community’s input and answer questions.

Note to Media: Military personnel will be available for interviews about the exhibit and Fort Lee’s history. A news release and photos will be sent on June 21.

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