WWI Ceremony & Reception (Comanche County)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 (All day)

Oakwood Cemetery
Comanche  Texas  76442

The family of Aaron Cunningham, the Comanche County Historical Society & Museum, and the County Commissioners of Comanche County are pleased to announce and invite the public to a ceremony commemorating this 100th anniversary of the death of Lt. James Rector Cunningham (1893-1918). The ceremony will be held at the OAKWOOD CEMETERY at 10 A.M. on the morning of September 12th, 2018 (Wednesday) with Military Honors. Lt. Cunningham was the first Comanche County Officer killed in action in WWI. He was killed in the trenches at St. Mihiel, France and is buried at Oakwood Cemetery. Prior to his death he befriended a French family. The Malgras family corresponded with his mother in Comanche County after his death.  This touching letter was printed in the 1919 edition of the Comanche Chief.

Through the years, the descendants of both families have kept in touch via letters and visits both from France to Comanche and from Comanche to France. Eight family member descendants from France will visit Comanche for this commemorative event. It is a tribute to their gratitude for the American presence in their country at that time and also a tribute to Lt. James Rector Cunningham’s connection with these people on behalf of Comanche.

A reception for the French Guests and the Comanche family will follow at the COMANCHE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM also on September 12th (Wednesday) at 2 P.M. The public is invited to both events. The museum is located at 402 Moorman Road directly west of the new Bayer GM Dealership. This will be a special time for the Comanche Community as it is a great privilege to host these guests and honor his memory.  We hope you will attend.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION call the Comanche County Historical Society and Museum at the above address or 325-356-5115 Wed-Sat 10-4 or email onlymuseum1@verizon.net.