For God and Country







      The mission of this book is not to glorify warfare or its victories. Rather, it is designed to enrich brotherhood among men, and to remind us that our privilege to live in peace and liberty continues only through the toil and sacrifices of men who loved us and our country.


       Although these pages herald the activities of Sioux City in the World War, they will record no acts of merit and patriotism of living persons. The giving of a life is the only mark of distinction that is signally honored. All else is written to record for posterity the unparalleled manner in which Sioux City endeavored to serve during the war.


      An allegory is presented that pictures Sioux City as she is; dearly loved by her elders and cherished by her youth. War clouds appear. She inspects her fitness and proceeds to fulfill her obligations. Her men are called to The Colors. The long night begins. Then are we reminded of the Teachings of American traditions and their place in the structure of America's youth.  We read the thoughts of men who have looked into their hearts and found the riches of gratitude creating within them anew a regard for fathers and mothers that builds for gallantry and the reflection of allegiance to their country.


       Here men revealed to themselves their measure of worthiness to receive the fruits of their elders' endeavors to provide every comfort possible to aid in the building of the morale of men and women under The Colors.


       The "Prince of the Sioux" alluded to is the spirit of all of Sioux City's men in service, characterized to pay respect to the city of his heart; to recognize the efforts of those who could not enter the service, and above all, to register the effect of American traditions upon those in whom the protection of their country was vested.


      The moral of the allegory is expressed in the closing, wherein the sacrifice of the Gold Stars establishes a finger-post to the realm of true Americanism in which all who live should center their efforts and shape their destinies.  




~ scanned and submitted by Paula Hinkel