By Lisa M. Budreau, Ph. D.
In the spring of 1919, the first contingent of Tennessee soldiers from the 30th Division arrived home from France. As they paraded through Nashville, where their glorious deeds in the First World War were hailed by massive, exuberant crowds, talks were already underway for a grand memorial to honor the sacrifice and service of all men and women.
The earliest mass war of the twentieth century lasted four long years, from 1914 to 1918, with the United States enterin...