The Silent Soldiers Memorial is a "live art" event, performed on April 6, 2017, marking the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I. It is inspired by an installation on July 1, 2016 in the United Kingdom that acknowledged the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme.
The Ohio State event will feature more than twenty uniformed men and women who will march into position, stand or sit silently, and hold that position, before moving on to the next site. As they march from site to site, they will sing "We're here because we're here," sung by the British as they entered battle at Somme. The students will silently distribute "business cards" to the public, which details the name, rank, military unit, date of death, and age of actual men and women who took part in the war.
- 10:30 am: Depart Drake Event Center
- 11:00 am: Thompson Library performance
- 11:30 am: Cross the Oval
- Noon: Wexner Center for the Arts performance
- 12:30 pm: Cross the Oval
- 12:50 pm: University Hall performance
- 1:45 pm: Enter the Oval
- 2:00 pm: Oval performance
- 2:30 pm: Thompson Library walk-through
- 3:00 pm: Return to Drake Event Center
Image: Copyright IWM (Q 59)