Alvin C. York Day is celebrated annually on October 8 and honors the great hero of the First World War. Descendants remember his contribution and know that the victory came with great effort. On this date, we say thank you to the warrior for his courage, strong character, courage and rage. America would not be a superpower if it were not inhabited by such people! Join the celebration and learn more about this amazing person!
Before the war, Alvin lived an ordinary peaceful life. He was born in the family of a blacksmith, was endowed with excellent hunting skills – it seemed to the family that this was his calling. He often brought the meat of animals to the family and helped in domestic moments. A little later he turned to God and studied religion in depth. The church accepted him into service and celebrated his successes.
Everything changed when the United States became involved in the First World War. Initially, Alvin was skeptical about military affairs, believing that the Bible does not support bloodshed. After being drafted, he wrote a letter of denial of service for reasons of faith, but the board rejected the request and sent it to the Georgia State Division.
In the camp, the guy did not hide his reasoning and could not imagine that the state of affairs would change significantly. Once the unit came under artillery fire and badly wounded many soldiers, including the commander. Alvin did not resist fate and took up arms – on this day he eliminated all German machine gunners.
It is curious that:
- throughout the battles, York yelled at German soldiers to surrender, wanting to minimize the killing;
- received a Congressional medal upon returning home;
- his courage was noted by many countries: Montenegro, France, Italy;
- based on the stories of the hero, a film was made – Harry Cooper played the main role in the film.
How to celebrate
Visit the World War I Museum and see the examples on display. Take the kids with you so they don’t forget the story. Check out the feed we mentioned above and share your opinion with others. Study historical data – they store a lot of interesting things!
When is Alvin C. York Day celebrated in 2022?
Alvin C. York Day is observed on October 8 each year.