New York State Archives, NYSA_A0412-78_B04_F12_Coffins
Coffins laid Out in Elmira, New York, World War I, c. 1917.
How are the coffins laid out in the photograph? Do you notice a pattern in the display? What items are used to adorn the coffins? Why do you think these items and patterns are used?
Where do you think this ceremony takes place? Explain your answer.
Who do you think attended this ceremony?
How do you think they felt about these soldiers?
How did the death of a World War I soldier affect individual families and communities in New York? Research local newspapers and bulletins from the World War I era to find out how individuals responded to this consequence of war.
Math: What percent of the mobilized soldiers were casualties of the war? What percent were killed? Wounded? Missing?
English Language Arts: Write a letter that one of these soldiers may have written to be sent only in the event of their death.
Gilbert, Martin. The First World War. Harper Collins: New York, 1995.