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New WWI exhibit shows Marshfield heroes

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Rare artifacts from World War I are now on display in Marshfield.

The exhibit, called the "War to End All Wars," is at the Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts. The display commemorates 100 years since the start of WWI.

Weapon, uniforms, and photos of soldiers from Marshfield are showcased. Along with the memorabilia come stories of those who served.

"He ordered his men to scatter and he threw his body on top of the grenade and it exploded and he gave his life for the lives of his fellow soldiers," said Greg Jackan as he tells the story of Sgt. Willard Purdy.

Exhibit coordinators say these artifacts are on display so we don't forget that war and those who have served since.

"The freedoms we enjoy on an everyday basis are because some of these men and women laid their lives down to give us those freedoms so I think it's extremely important we never ever forget that fact," said Adam Smrcka, director of Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts.

The exhibit is on display through May 23.

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