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WASHINGTON, DC -- Across the nation, thousands of monuments and memorials to America's World War One efforts stand in city squares, cemeteries, parks, and public buildings.
The World War One Centennial Commission will partner with Saving Hallowed Ground, the American Battle Monuments Commission, the World War One Memorial Inventory Project, and other organizations to identify and record all these monuments.

The Commission will encourage local communities and organizations to perform conservation and preservation services to the monuments themselves, and engage school students, Scouts, and communities in researching and learning about the history of their monuments and about the stories behind the names inscribed on these Living History Memorials, to remind citizens of their meaning and the great deeds they memorialize.


U.S. World War One Centennial Commission enters formal partnership with France’s Mission Du Centenaire 14-18

By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, U.S. World War One Centennial Commission

WASHINGTON, DC: On Thursday, 19 November in a ceremony at its Washington offices, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission signed a partnership of mutual support with France’s Mission Du Centenaire 14-18. Mission Du Centenaire is the official government agency in France set up to provide public education and commemoration for the war, and is the counterpart to the U.S commission.

Dayto Zimet sign agreementThe agreement calls for the two organizations to share their experience, knowledge, and technical means as they prepare for the commemoration of the American intervention in World War One. Specifically, it identifies four areas for particular cooperation: 1) the identification and planning of the main events, 2) communication, digital and cultural cooperation, 3) education, and 4) remembrance tourism.

Daniel Dayton, Executive Director of the Centennial Commission, and Joseph Zimet, Directeur General for the Mission Du Centenaire, signed the document in the presence of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Commission, Robert J. Dalessandro and Edwin Fountain, respectively, as well as the Mission Du Centenaire's Diplomatic Counselor, Christian Thimonier, and their External Affairs Counselor, Sophie De Villiers. Also present to witness was Centennial Commissioner Monique Seefried.

“We are thrilled to have this formal agreement in place.” said Directeur General Zimet, “We have been informal partners since our creations. However, this memorandum brings our relationship to a greater level of commitment and specificity for both sides.”.

Executive Director Dayton agreed. “This agreement reflects the spirit of teamwork and solidarity that our countries experienced during the challenges of the Great War one hundred years ago, and opens the door for new opportunities to explain that war and honor the sacrifices of our countrymen.

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Memorial Park in Houston honors those who trained at Camp Logan and served in WWI

Camp Logan sceneBy Michael Williams
Staff Writer

One hundred years after the outbreak of World War One, it is often hard to see the remnants of the conflict that so affected communities across the nation. Unlike other wars of the twentieth century, there are no veterans of World War One left to tell their story; film and photography, still in their infancy at the time, provide only an incomplete and dated record. Instead, World War One is remembered silently, through monuments and parks that dot the country.

In the heart of Houston lies Memorial Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. Thousands of Texans take advantage of the park’s running trails, softball fields, swimming pools, tennis courts, and golf course everyday, often without realizing the history below their feet.

“Somehow our appreciation of what went on in World War One has been lost,” says Louis Aulbach, a local historian, “ and most people don’t realize that it’s named Memorial Park as a memorial to the soldiers of World War One.” Camp Logan 500 cropFurthermore, most people aren’t even aware that the park sits on land formed out of Camp Logan, a World War One training camp that saw tens of thousands of Americans prepare for war.

“Most people don’t know the story of World War One and how the country had taken on the task of entering this global war, and that’s what we have to talk about when we talk about Camp Logan.”

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In 1917, after years of watching the war from afar, America plunged into a frenzy of preparation. In the span of only two years, over 4.7 million men, many of whom had never left their hometown, were shipped across the country to training camps, and across the world to battlefields. Two aspects of Camp Logan underscore the nation’s commitment to the war effort: the speed of construction, and its massive size. In the span of only a few months, a camp half the size of the island of Manhattan was built to train 50,000 soldiers, all in a city whose population clocked in at only 100,000 citizens. Additionally, camps like Camp Logan trained soldiers from across the country, further highlighting the national character of the war effort.


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