One hundred years ago today, the American Expeditionary Force began to arrive in France, joining the Allies in the Great War.  Three weeks earlier, at the tomb of the French hero of the American Revolution,  the Marquis de La Fayette, American Colonel Charles E. Stanton uttered his famous quote:

America has joined forces with the Allied Powers, and what we have of blood and treasure are yours. Therefore it is that with loving pride we drape the colors in tribute of respect to this citizen of your great republic. And here and now, in the presence of the illustrious dead, we pledge our hearts and our honor in carrying this war to a successful issue. Lafayette, we are here.

It would be another four months before the American troops entered combat.  Back home, American’s were supporting their troops.  In April 1917, George M. Cohan wrote the most popular of the songs for the First World War, Over There.  It was registered with the Copyright Office on June 1 of that year and introduced to the public that fall.  It would sell more than two million copies. It is the writing for today: