World War I began a century ago this week, and its legacy continues to have economic, social and political effects that influence our world. I cannot, in this space, do justice to the breadth of the war’s impact, but a few numbers help bring it home.
Indiana lost 1,420 men in combat. Had they lived, their great-grandchildren would more than equal the incoming freshman class in every Hoosier high school.
Thousands more Hoosier men were damaged by the war, my grandfather among them.