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Lusitania 100th anniversary commemoration Wreath Ceremony


Date: May 7, 2015

This commemoration was held at Pier A, NY on May 7, 2015 on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.

THE STORY:
On May 7, 1915, less than a year after World War 1 erupted, (1914-1918) a German U-boat torpedoed and sank the RMS Lusitania, a British ocean liner en route from New York
to Liverpool England.

Of the more than 1,900 passenger and crew on board, 1,198 perished.

The sinking of the Lusitania played a significant role in turning American public opinion against neutrality.

Two years later, America entered the war...

National Press Club-"Lusitania-Sinking" Centennial Panel


Date: May 7, 2015

This panel, held on the eve of the event's centennial, examines the public relations and press impact of this historic event.

Moderator: Gill Klein

Panelists:

  • RADM Samuel COX, USN, Ret.)
  • Richard Striner
  • John Maxwell Hmailton

Background:
On May 7, 1915, less than a year after World War 1 erupted, (1914-1918) a German U-boat torpedoed and sank the RMS Lusitania, a British ocean liner en route from New York to Liverpool England.
Of the more than 1,900 passenger and crew on board, 1,198 perished.
The sinking of the Lusitania played a significant role in turning American public opinion against neutrality.
Two years later, America entered the war...

World War One Memorial Project


Date: May 21, 2015

The United State World War One Centennial Commission is pleased to announce an international design competition for a new national World War One Memorial to be located on Pennsylvania Avenue, 1 block from the White House in Washington, DC.
The memorial will serve as both a dynamic urban space and, more importantly, a fitting memorial to a generation of veterans whose service and sacrifice were no less valorous and heroic than that of the veterans of later wars – the generation that were the fathers and mothers of "the greatest generation."

World War One Memorial Project - Open Design Competition


Date: May 21, 2015

The United State World War One Centennial Commission is pleased to announce an international design competition for a new national World War One Memorial to be located on Pennsylvania Avenue, 1 block from the White House in Washington, DC.
The competition is open to everyone, from professionals to students to the general public. We are looking for the most compelling design and are aware it could come from anyone or anywhere.
We invite you to participate.

WW1 Memorial Design Competition - Announcement press conference


Date: May 21, 2015

On May 21, 2015, the United State World War One Centennial Commission held a press conference to announce an international design competition for a new national World War One Memorial to be located on Pennsylvania Avenue, 1 block from the White House in Washington, DC.
The memorial will serve as both a dynamic urban space and, more importantly, a fitting memorial to a generation of veterans whose service and sacrifice were no less valorous and heroic than that of the veterans of later wars – the generation that were the fathers and mothers of "the greatest generation."

Doughboys on the Hill


Date: JULY 21, 2015

Full Length 14:35:
General Barry McCaffrey, USA (Ret) leads a press conference in front of the Capitol Building on July 21st, 2015, to urge support for education programs about World War One.
He is joined by Rob Dalessandro, Chair of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, and Representative Ted Poe (R-Texas)

This video can be downloaded from our Vimeo Channel.

Doughboys on the Hill - Highlights


Date: JULY 21, 2015

Highlights 2:38
General Barry McCaffrey, USA (Ret) leads a press conference in front of the Capitol Building on July 21st, 2015, to urge support for education programs about World War One.
He is joined by Rob Dalessandro, Chair of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, and Representative Ted Poe (R-Texas)

This video can be downloaded from our Vimeo Channel.

Pershing Family Remembrance Ceremony


Published on Sep 2, 2015

On August 27, 1915 a fire erupted in the Pershing family home at the Presidio of San Francisco.

Then Brigadier General John J. Pershing, commanding the 8th Infantry Brigade, had been deployed to the Mexican border in response to the Mexican Revolution and its impact on American national and economic interests.

The fire claimed the lives of Pershing's wife, Francis and his three daughters, Helen, Anne, and Mary. Only his son, Warren survived the blaze.

On August 27, 2015 the National Society of Pershing Rifles, together with the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and World War I Historical Association, paid respects to the Pershing family by laying a wreath at the location their Presidio home once stood. Video footage was taken by the World War I Historical Association, who hosted the centennial event.

Col. Robert J. Dalessandro, USA (Ret.), Deputy Secretary, American Battle Monuments Commission


Date: Sep 3, 2015

Col. Robert J. Dalessandro, USA (Ret.), Deputy Secretary, American Battle Monuments Commission

Inaugural public meeting of US WW1 CC Upper Midwest Region


Date: September 16, 2015

The inaugural public meeting of the World War One Centennial Commission Upper Midwest Region was held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the founding sponsor of the WWICC. WEDNESDAY SEPT. 16, 2015 | 11 A.M. - 3 P.M. PMML LECTURE HALL *The meeting is free and open to the public. The ticket price covers the cost of a boxed lunch for this meeting. At this gathering of dedicated state partners and volunteers, the Commission will provide an overview of the staff support options for state representatives, along with a status of the WWI Design competition and updates from the Commission’s leadership. The Upper Midwest Region consists of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Joining the state volunteer representatives at the meeting are the Commission’s leadership, President, Dan Dayton, Executive Director , and Rebekah Wilson, Director of Operations and representatives from the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.