WHEREAS, There has come to my attention the very general desire on the part of the members of the Kansas State Guard for demobilization; and
WHEREAS, The cessation of the war having brought about such return to normal conditions that their services are no longer needed, I have chosen November 11, 1919, as the date upon which the demobilization of the Kansas State Guard shall be complete.
The Kansas State Guard came into existence as a voluntary Organization during the war, and at a time when there were many opportunities for it to serve the state. Its presence was a guaranty against disorder that might arise in Kansas communities during the war. It gave great assistance in the various patriotic drives which were necessary during these trying periods. It stood always as an exponent of Americanism and the patriotic performance of duty. Many men subject to draft received their first training in its ranks, and went from the State Guard better prepared for the army activities because of the training and experience in this state organization. During the various celebrations in honor of the soldiers returning from overseas, the State Guard has served with dignity and effectiveness.
In giving this direction for its final demobilization, I wish to record the gratitude of the state for the splendid services which the State Guard has rendered in peculiar times. It was one of the absolutely necessary organizations of the war, and its voluntary membership gave to the duties of the organization, which were often exacting, unselfish and untiring energies.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have caused to be affixed the great seal of the state of Kansas.
Done at the state capitol, in the city of Topeka, this 15th day of October, 1919.
|HENRY J. ALLEN, Governor of Kansas.|
|L. J. PETTYJOHN, Secretary of State.|
Transcribed from History and Roster of the Kansas State Guard, August 6, 1917, to November 11, 1919, printed by Kansas State Printing Plant, B. P. Walker, State Printer, Topeka. 1925. 10-4436
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