GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — A New York National Guard unit created as a U.S. Army division during World War I is celebrating its centennial with a ceremony at the site of its former Long Island camp.
Current members of the 42nd Division and veterans of the storied outfit will gather at noon Saturday at the Rainbow Division WWI Memorial in Garden City.
The division was created Aug. 1, 1917. Within weeks some 27,000 men began mustering at Camp Mills.
The division was made up of National Guard units from 26 states and the District of Columbia. Then-Maj. Douglas MacArthur said it would stretch over the nation like a rainbow. The 42nd became known as the Rainbow Division.
The division landed in France in November 1917 and participated in four major operations in 1918.