World War I started in Europe in 1914. The United States joined the war in April 1917.
For almost two years the Fairfax Herald newspaper regularly published lists of the names of the Fairfax County men who were in service. During the war, 30 county men were recorded as dying while in service. There were four officers and 18 privates and their average age was 22. Eleven were killed in action or died as a result of their wounds. The rest died of disease, illness or an accident. All over the world, remembrances evolved to honor those who had died during World War I.