In 2016 the Greene-Dreher Historical Society launched its Veterans History Project to document the military service of all veterans with ties to the Greene-Dreher community, whether they served in peacetime or wartime. Men and women are eligible for inclusion in the Project if they ever resided or attended school here, or if they are buried in one of our cemeteries. Through the generous participation of veterans and their families and descendants, we have identified nearly 1000 local veterans to date.
The Society has collected letters, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks and memorabilia related to their military service, and these items show their sacrifices and bring their stories to life in a personal way. Several veterans participated in our oral history program over the years, and many of those personal narratives were published in our journal, The Greene Hills of Home. More recently, biographies of our World War I veterans have been compiled in a book, Greene-Dreher in the Great War, by Bernadine Lennon. A selection of veterans’ stories will be featured here.