Chesterfield, Va. -- Describing it as "The Mobilizing for War Exhibit," the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia in partnership with the 59th Ordnance Brigade, Ordnance School Historian and the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, has rolled out the new Fort Lee Centennial Exhibit at the Chesterfield County Historical Jail.
Over the next few weeks, "The Old Jail," an element of the Chesterfield Historical Society, will facilitate the exhibit to shed light on the continuing relationship the county and Fort Lee have shared
over the years.
Brig. Gen. David Wilson, Chief of Ordnance and Commandant of the Ordnance School kicked off the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by speaking to Soldiers and community leaders and citizens.
"Today we come together for the official opening of the Fort Lee Centennial Exhibit 'Mobilizing for War.' The exhibit commemorates the establishment of Camp Lee, later Fort Lee, as part of the mobilization efforts of the U.S. Army in World War I through its current status as the center of Logistical Sustainment," Wilson said.
The arrival of the exhibit was met with good reviews from the Soldiers and community members alike.
"We are very pleased to have Fort Lee as a partner for this exhibit and as a partner in our one hundredth anniversary," said James Holland, Dale District Supervisor for Chesterfield County. "We cannot thank you enough Fort Lee for making this such a big event and activity for us today."
The display, a collection of war posters from World War I, were more than just patriotic signs during that era. The posters were a principle means of communication between the military and the American Public.
"When we began planning this exhibit, we faced the challenge of how to recognize the impact of World War I upon American society and the American military. Inside you will see how we answered this task," said Karl Rubis, Ordnance School Historian and project coordinator.
The ceremony ended with a Ribbon Cutting to officially open the exhibit for the public to enjoy.
"It goes without saying; our partnerships with the community are vital to the success of our mission. Together we promote the health, well-being, and a future foundation for everyone involved. The fostering of our relationships result in sharing and maximizing our resources. Again, thank you for all you do to make this partnership a success," Wilson said in closing.