RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina will begin its four-year observance of World War I with a wreath-laying ceremony in the rotunda of the State Capitol.
Gov. Pat McCrory will lead the ceremony Saturday, along with Cultural Resource Secretary Susan Kluttz.
World War I began July 28, 1914, but the United States didn't enter the war until April 1917. Almost 61,000 North Carolinians were drafted for the war. Others served with France, Canada and Britain before the U.S. entered the war.
More than 16 million people died in World War I, including more than 830 North Carolinians killed in battle and more than 1,500 who died from disease.