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April 25, 2017

"The artist solders of WWI have sent this message to us from the past."

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The Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC have been very busy telling the story of World War I. They have created no fewer than five new exhibitions that opened this month. The new "Artist Soldiers" exhibit at the National Air & Space Museum shows artwork from the "Great Eight" combat artists who served with the American Expeditionary Force. It also showcases photos of remarkable underground artwork & carved graffiti that common soldiers from World War I left behind, while waiting out bombardments in caves and mines. The Smithsonian Air & Space curatorial team have just recently finished the new on-line version of the exhibition. Dr. Peter Jakab, Ph.D. the Chief Curator of the National Air and Space Museum, took particular interest in creating this exhibition, and took some time to tell us about it.

 


U-boat threat leads to game-changing innovation & technology in U.S. Navy

Sam Cox

“We are ready now, sir” was the response to a question from the local British commander asking when newly-arrived U.S. Navy destroyers could commence operations against German U-boats. It became the most famous U.S. Navy rallying cry of the war. Navy action against the U-Boat menace spurred radical innovations in technology and tactics that would profoundly change the U.S. Navy, and naval warfare, ever after, according to RADM Sam Cox, USN (Ret.), Director, Naval History and Heritage Command,writing in a guest editorial published in Military Times.


Lawrence, MA plans trip, ceremonies to honor its WWI casualties in Europe

Marc Laplante

At least 200 people from the small city of Lawrence, MA died in World War I – the exact number is not known – and 352 died in World War II. As many as 19,000 men and women from the city may have fought in the two wars. In May, City Councilor Marc Laplante from Lawrence will fly to France for an eight-day trip through five ABMC cemeteries in France and Luxembourg where 45 of the Lawrencians killed in the two wars are buried. At each of the graves and memorials, Laplante will plant the city of Lawrence's blue and white flag. He is also bringing along state and local  resolutions commemorating the service members, and copies of newspaper obituaries and other records about 51 of the fallen.We talked with Council Member LaPlante about this important effort to honor those veterans.


Flanders House in New York City to host annual "In Flanders Fields" event May 19

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The Flanders House in NYC will host their Annual "In Flanders Fields" Memorial on Friday, May 19th at 11:45 AM at De Witt Clinton Park. In attendance from the government of Flanders will be Hon. Jan Peumans, President of the Flemish Parliament, and Hon. Rik Daems, Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee. The Flanders government is proud of their history and of their longstanding partnership with the American people. They have a number of activities underway for this centennial period to tell that story, to include support for historical exhibits, cultural events, both across the United States and in Europe. Details for the May 19th event, and for other programs can be found here: http://www.flandershouse.org/in-flanders-fields

 


Features from our State web sites

William Henry Merrill, Jr.

Illinois

Underwriters Laboratories in the First World War

On April 5, 1918, UL’s founder William Henry Merrill, Jr. was named Chairman of the Fire Prevention Section of the War Industries Board at a salary of $1 per year. An experienced group of fire experts and insurance underwriters was quickly assembled under Mr. Merrill’s capable leadership to collect data related to existing fire hazards in U.S. munitions plants, conduct inspections and enforce adequate fire protections at each plant. Read how well they did on the Illinois site.

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Maine

Mainers marched to make world safe for democracy

 With the same patriotic fervor that Maine had responded to a call for troops in the Civil War, more than 35,000 men and women across the state joined the military in 1917 and 1918 to fight the “war to end all wars” to “make the world safe for democracy.” The entire University of Maine Band joined the 103rd Infantry Regiment, as did a squad of warriors from the Passamaquoddy Nation, including the chief’s own son, who was killed in action on Nov. 10, 1918. Read more about how Maine went to war here.

John Pavlik

Wisconsin

The Automobile in WWI

John Pavlik is a West Allis, Wisconsin native, who served as an ambulance driver with the 32nd Division in France and Germany during World War I. Pavlik enlisted at the age of 16 because he did not want to wait two more years to be drafted and wanted to server his country, specifically as an ambulance driver. The war gave Pavlik the chance a chance to drive a motorized ambulance, instead of using mules and wagon ambulances. Read how he liked his new wheels here.



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Wwrite Blog

Have you ever checkout the WWrite Weekend Update?  It highlights and features all sorts of  "writerly news and events".

It is a wonderful link list for anyone interested in the literature, scholarly writings and events surrounding the WW1 Centennial.

If your interests run in these directions, you will really like the Weekend Updates.

AND If YOU have a news item regarding WWI and writing, please contact the blog's currator: jennifer.orth-veillon@worldwar1centennial.org.


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We have entered the actual WW1 centennial period - 1917-1918.

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Lau Sing Kee

A Story of Service from the Stories of Service section of ww1cc.org

Lau Sing Kee

Submitted by: Guy Takamatsu

Lau Sing Kee served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known April 18, 1918 to April 25, 1919.

 

This writer learned of Lau Sing Kee on a visit to the Chinese Museum located at History Park, a subsection of Kelley Park in San Jose. His medals are on the display, courtesy on loan of his relatives. He won the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart from the United States and the Croix de Guerre from France. Lau Sing Kee was born in Saratoga, his family moved to San Jose. He died in New York City.

He received his medals for staying 3 days straight at a message center. In spite of his position being shelled and gassed, he refused to leave his post. At one point he was by himself for 24 hours. One wonders how he managed to survive and live until 1967. Others who had been gassed died shortly thereafter in about two years. After the war he received a hero’s welcome in San Jose.

 

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April 18, 2017

Big U.S. horse power was critical in WWI

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April 6, 2017 marked 100 years since the U.S. declared war on Germany, entering World War I. The war took the lives of 17 million people worldwide, and almost five million Americans served in the U.S. armed forces during the war. What's not as well-known is the role that animals played at a time when they were still critical to warfare. Hundreds of thousands of horses and mules were shipped to Europe from Newport News, Va., the largest departure point for horses and mules, during war years. Animals were sold to the British and the other Allies in Europe even before the U.S. entered the war in 1917. Horses and mules were so valuable that the Germans devised a plot to sicken some of them in the pens at Newport News as they awaited shippment. Read about this early attempt at germ warfare, and other ways the Germans tried to target America's equine assets.

 


Smithsonian seeking WWI alumni of American Junior Red Cross for interview

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On Sept. 15, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that announced that the American Junior Red Cross would encourage school children to “work in the great cause of freedom to which we have all pledged ourselves.” It went on to promise that joining the organization “will teach you how to save in order that suffering children elsewhere may have the chance to live. It will teach you how to prepare some of the supplies which wounded soldiers and homeless families lack.” 100 years later, Amanda Moniz at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is seeking to interview any Americans alive today who participated in the Junior Red Cross during World War I.  More than 11 million American children participated in the Junior Red Cross during WWI, and Americans aged around 105 or older may have memories of participating.  If you know someone alive today who was a child during the Great War, please email Amanda Moniz at philcollections@si.edu.


“In Flanders Fields” event in DC April 30

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At noon on April 30, 2017, in Washington DC's Pershing Park, there will be a ceremony to commemorate Lt. Col. John McCrae’s timeless poem “In Flanders Fields” and support veterans and their families.This 3rd Annual event will be sponsored by the "In Flanders Fields" Fund, a non-profit organization created at the centennial of the poem. The Fund hopes to keep the poem's message alive through education and inclusion, while delivering on its directive to continue making the world a better place. Read more about the "In Flanders Fields" Fund and the annual event here.


California section goes live on the Centennial Commission web site

California

Welcome California! The Golden State's World War One Centennial website is now operational on the Commission web site at ww1cc.org/california.

At the new “California WW1 Task Force” web site you will find sections on the Task Force, "California in WW1 Articles," "California in WW1 Places," and  a schedule of California WW1 centennial events.

California joins a growing number of state sites hosted by the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission. To see the other states’ sites, click here.

 


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New Format for WW1 Centennial News Podcast

Our weekly news podcast, launched in early March, is quickly building an audience.

After the launch, we received several requests to make the show an audio podcast instead of a video podcast.

Many interested subscribers want the information but are concerned that the video is going to take up a lot of memory on their mobile devices.

Additionally, people want to enjoy the podcast while driving, working out or during other activities.

So, as of episode #15, last week, WW1 Centennial News is now an audio podcast.

You can listen by going to ww1cc.org/cn or subscribe to the podcast though iTunes.


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This week's post, "The Story of Our Time," comes from former Air Force pilot, award-winning writer, and actor, James Moad. Moad, with more than 100 combat sorties in the C-130, also served as an English professor at the United States Air Force Academy. As Moad explains in his post, the story of WWI is inseparable from the story of contemporary history.

If you have a news item regarding WWI and writing, please contact: jennifer.orth-veillon@worldwar1centennial.org.


Our official flag flew proudly over the Los Angeles Coliseum on April 6. Now buy one to fly at YOUR coliseum...or home.

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The official U.S. World War I Centennial Commission flag flew proudly over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on April 6, as the centennial of the nation's entry into WWI was observed. Now you can have your own version of the flag to show that you remember our Doughboys and the sacrifices they and other American made during the Great War. This WW1 Centennial Flag is crafted of durable nylon and measures 3'x5'.  The iconic Doughboy silhouette is digitally screened onto it, and it has 2 brass grommets to hang the flag.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the flag are designated to help build the national World War One Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, DC  You can show your support, and help promote the Memorial, by proudly displaying your custom flag.

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Charles Rosario Spano

A Tradition of Service from the Stories of Service section of ww1cc.org

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Submitted by: Diana Spano {granddaughter}

Charles Rosario Spano served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 13, 1916 to June 4, 1920.

 

With gratitude and in honor of my paternal grandfather, Charles Rosario Spano, I am posting the following details of his active duty service during World War l. The information is collected from original documents and copies in my possession, and from memories of conversation with my father, Vincent Rosario Spano (deceased), son of Charles, who also served in the US Army during World War II in Korea with the Counter Intelligence Corps. I am the oldest granddaughter, Diana Spano, and also a veteran having served in the US Regular Army during the Viet Nam Era.

Charles Rosario Spano was born in Italy (Sicily) on March 15, 1895, and served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, 2nd Cavalry, Troop 'B' under the command of General John J. Pershing. He was naturalized on March 12, 1920 and was honorably discharged on June 4, 1920. After the war, he settled in Philadelphia, PA, and lived at 717 Christian Street.

 

Read Charles Rosario Spano's entire Story of Service here.

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April 11, 2017

Commission ceremony April 6th marks Centennial of US Entry into WWI

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The premiere production with moving tributes, compelling imagery and performances brought crowds to tears and to their feet as the United States World War I Centennial Commission hosted “In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace: Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry into World War I” yesterday at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri on April 6. From the  moving prelude that included remarks by descendants of notable WWI Generals John J. Pershing and George S. Patton, to the rousing full-cast performance of the iconic “Over There,” followed by a flyover by a B2 Spirit stealth bomber of the 509th Bomb Wing, the ceremony was a fitting tribute to the Americans who made the great decision in 1917. Read the full ceremony summary here. If you missed it last week, watch the video here

 


Events coast to coast, overseas commemorate US WW1 centennial

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The Centennial of the US Entering into WWI was observed nationwide with many events happening in parallel with the national ceremony in Kansas City. From a wreath laying ceremony at the Father Duffy Memorial in Times Square in New York City, to an observance at the World War I Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, south to Alabama and in many other states, the nation marked the historic day with a variety of activities, as the centennial period of the US participation in the war started. Even the busy Pentagon took time out to recognize the important date in US and world history. Overseas, the U.S. Embassy in London participated in a a special commemoration event at the Guildhall, the ceremonial and administrative center of the City of London.


"U.S. intervention in World War I is perhaps this country’s greatest contribution to world peace."

Monique Seefried

Dr. Monique Seefried, a Commissioner of the United State World War I Centennial Commission, penned a guest editorial that appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In it, she notes that "As a French-born woman, I always felt a debt of gratitude to the United States. It is a gratitude shared by generations of Europeans who still remember the Americans as our liberators in two World Wars." The nation's entry into the war caused profound changes both at home and abroad--as Seefried asserts, the decision "changed the course of history." Read more about "America’s historic sacrifice, service and progress" during and after WWI in the guest editorial here.


Florida, Indiana sections go live on Centennial Commission web site

Florida and Indiana

Welcome Florida and Indiana! The Sunshine States and Hoosier State World War One Centennial websites are is now live at ww1cc.org/florida and  ww1cc.org/indiana, respectively.

At the new “Florida In World War I” web site you will find articles, sections on "Floridians who Served Over There," "Floridians who Served Over Here," "Florida After the War," a "Florida WWI Timeline," and more.

On the "Indiana World War I Centennial Committee" site, you will find  detailed map of the state’s World War One monuments, memorials, and historic sites, as well as "Indiana WWI Stories," "Indiana WWI Resources," and much more.

The FL and IN development teams will be joining us on upcoming WW1 Centennial News Podcast shows to tell us more about their state programs. To be sure you get those reports, register for the WW1 Centennial News live show.

Florida and Indiana join a growing number of state sites hosted by the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission. To see the other states’ sites, click here.

 


9 weeks left to submit a matching  grant application for restoring your local WW1 Memorial.

The grant application period is coming to a close. If you have a WW1 Memorial project, it is time to get the applications submitted.

Take a look at the application submission form by [clicking here].

Get information and resources and learn from other projects submitted by [clicking here].

Find out what the submission process is by [clicking here].

Ask questions to the program managers by [clicking here]

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Think Tsingtao is just a tasty Chinese beer? Think again!

Learn about the Siege of Tsingtao/Tsingtau in the new WWrite blog post. The post was written by Mark Facknitz,  the James Madison University Roop Distinguished Professor of English, Member, Historical Advisory Board of the World War I Centennial Commission, WWI scholar, and writer.

This post extensive will broadens the American perspective of WWI participation with an impressive photo essay about his German grandfather's internment in a Japanese prisoner of war camp from 1914-1919. The post features, for the first time, amazing and rare photos from the Japanese/Chinese front and the Siege of Tsingtao/Tsingtau.

Don't miss this disarming tale from a small corner of the Great War.

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Pfc Clarence Lee Culver

A Story of Service from the  Stories of Service section of ww1cc.org

Clarence Lee Culver

Submitted by: Matthew Culver

Pfc Clarence Lee Culver served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 23 June 1916 - 15 July 1918 (KIA).

 

Clarence volunteered for the Alabama National Guard on 23 June 1916 and served on the Mexican Border with the 4th Alabama Infantry. When war was declared on Germany he remained with the 4th, now renumbered the 167th US Infantry Regiment. He left for France with the unit and the rest of the 42nd Infantry from Camp Mills, NY on 1 September 1917.

A member of Company H, 2nd Battalion, Clarence went on to engage the German forces at Brouville, before the 42nd was sent to the defense of Paris at the request of the French command.

Read Clarence Lee Culver's entire Story of Service here.

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April 4, 2017

Commission lists program participants and Special Guests for April 6 Ceremony

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The United States Centennial Commission today announced program participants and special guests for “In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace: Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry into World War I” on April 6 at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO. The Commission will welcome some 4,000 attendees from 26 U.S. states, and representatives from 27 nations worldwide. Honorary Hosts for the ceremony include Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, Missouri U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II and Kansas City Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James. Special guests and participants include Acting Secretary of the U.S. Army Robert M. Speer; Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Paul J. Selva USAF; Governor Sam Brownback and Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer of Kansas. Descendants of many notable World War l leaders and soldiers will be in attendance. Click here to read more about the roster of attendees and participants.

 


Nationwide events to commemorate Centennial of U.S. Entry into World War I

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The United States World War I Centennial Commission has released a list of 60 nationwide events in 30 states being hosted coast to coast by state-affiliated commissions and partner organizations to commemorate the centennial of the United States entry into World War I. These events, in conjunction with the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission's national commemoration ceremony in Kansas City, Mo. on April 6, are creating opportunities for public education and a national conversation about the impact of World War I on America then and now. Read more about these state and local events.


"Remember what happened 100 years ago"

Brion Patrick

The First World War had a profound impact on the history of Belgium and of the whole world. It is only fitting, therefore, that Belgium will play a central part in the centenary commemorations. These will include a number of national commemorative ceremonies with international scope. In addition, Belgium’s various levels of government will oversee a range of cultural, artistic, historical and scientific initiatives throughout the centennial period. Colonel Brion Patrick is part of Belgium's centennial commission, and he talked to us about how the centennial period will be marked, and what activities the Belgian government is planning over the next two years.  Click here for more on the historical heritage that Belgium wants people to learn about.


Centennial Commission salutes indispensable role of women in WWI

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As the nation celebrated Women’s History Month in March, The United States World War I Centennial Commission saluted the indispensable role women played during World War I. The entry of the United States into the Great War had a significant impact on women, their standing in society, and their civil rights. United States World War I Centennial Commissioner and Chief Historian Emeritus at the History Channel, Dr. Libby O’Connell noted that “The Great War was transformative for women, it served as a catalyst for women’s suffrage, professionalized women in the military and helped women prove they were capable of doing work typically done by men.” Read more about American women and World War I here.

 



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"On this week's centennial marking America's entry into WWI, First Persian Gulf War veteran writer and poet, Seth Brady Tucker, gives us "Dulce et Decorum Est: Discovering WWI Poetry in an Iraqi Foxhole." Tucker talks about how he discovered WWI poetry–He first read "Dulce et Decorum Est," by Wilfred Owen...in an Iraqi foxhole. Thus began Tucker's lifelong commitment to reading and writing poetry about war. In his post, he says he learned that Owen and all other WWI soldier poets were  "...brave in words. In this, they did not shirk their responsibilities, in this they did not turn away from the horrors, the obscenity, the awful trench warfare that gifted some of them to us as martyrs, returned some of them to us broken and ill-used but willing to speak of war honestly." Don't miss this eloquent tale about writing and war.

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“Nothing Stops These Men” – Custom Key Tag $9.95

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This nicely weighted and durable key tag is a quality product.

Inspired by an original World War One poster, this key tag features the dramatic image of a bayonet advance on the enemy, with the United States flag in the upper corner. A functional way to show your patriotism, this  1-1/4” long, custom key tag has a bright gold finish, with color-fill, and is offered exclusively through the World War One Centennial Commission.

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Emily Victoria Greer

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Submitted by: Sonja N. Bohm (great grandaughter-in-law)

Emily Victoria Greer served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The dates of service are: Known 28 May 1918 to 31 July 1919.

 

My husband's great-grandmother Emily Victoria Greer (1895-1972) enrolled as Yeoman 3 Class on 28 May 1918, and served at the Navy Yard in NYC from 31 May 1918 until 11 November 1918. Her inactive duty date (as Yeoman 2 Class) was 31 July 1919.

 

She then became a lifetime member of the American Legion, joining the First Women's Post No. 2 American Legion in Brooklyn, NY in 1919. She would go on to become Commander of American Legion Post 43, and was chosen "Mrs. Legionnaire" in 1947.

Read Emily Greer's entire Story of Service here.

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March 28, 2017

America on the Brink of World War I

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In April 1917, the America that was nearing the decision to enter the Great War was an utterly different place from the nation we know now. In a fascinating article, reporter Jim Garamone of DoD News looks back at where our nation and its people stood weeks away from the Declaration on War on April 6, 2017. To say the nation wasn't ready for war is very much an understatement, but the United States was a country of tremendous potential, and so was its military. As Garamone writes: "It would take time for American military power to grow, learn and mature, but it would be decisive in The Great War." Read this in-depth review of the situation in America and the world when we made the decision to go to war on April 6, 1917.

 


National Archives launches the new Remembering WWI app to access moving and still images from 100 years ago

 

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In preparation for the 100-year anniversary of the United States entering WWI in April, 2017, the US National Archives recently launched Remembering WWI, an iPad and Android application that invites audiences to explore, collaborate, and engage with the Archives’ extensive collection of World War I moving and still images. The app is now available for free in the iTunes and Google Play stores. The app provides an unprecedented collection of WWI content digitized and preserved as part of the larger Wartime Films Project, much of it never-before-seen by the public. This includes photographs and films originally shot by the US Signal Corps on behalf of various armed forces units during the 1914–1920 timeframe. Using the archival content within the app, you can create your own collections and build and share new narratives around the people, events, and themes you’re exploring. Read more about the app here.


Four new WW1 exhibits open April 6th at Smithsonian museums in DC

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On the day of that the United States marks the centennial of the nation's entry into the Great War, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC will open four new exhibits on World War I. The new exhibits will look at Women in Uniform, Gen. John J. Pershing and World War I, Modern Medicine and the Great War, and Artistic Expression in the Great War (in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum). The ongoing exhibit on "Advertising War: Selling Americans on World War I" continues at the museum. Check out all, the exhibits here.


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WW1 Centennial News is going to broadcast live from KCMO on April 5, 2017 at 12 noon EDT.

We are going to give you a behind the scenes, sneak peek at the people and the talents that have put this event together.

Join us live and you can ask our guests questions via the chatroom.

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This Week's post features Fulbright Scholar, writer, and WWI poetry expert, Connie Ruzich. Her blog, "Behind Their Lines," introduces readers to lesser-known poetry of the Great War, which she calls lost voices and faded poems. This week, she will present "Rain on your old tin hat," a narrative about Lt. John Hunter Wickersham, poet and WWI Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient."

If you have a news item regarding WWI and writing, please contact: jennifer.orth-veillon@worldwar1centennial.org.


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These WW1 Poppy Kits contain 60 Poppy seed packs each.

Raise money for your organization by getting $2 or more per seed pack.

The red poppy has become the internationally recognized symbol of remembrance for veteran sacrifice. It all began on a war-torn battlefield during World War One, when the crimson petals caught the eye of a soldier named John McCrae, inspiring the poem – “In Flanders Field”.  The flower celebrates the service of more than 4.7 million Americans who served during WW1, and honors the 116,516 who died on the battlefields of Europe. 

When assembled, WW1 Poppy Kits are 4 x 4 x 5" and feature McCrae's poem, as well as an area where you can brand the kit to your organization for fundraising, with a label you can print yourself. 

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William Seach

A Story of Service from the  Stories of Service section of ww1cc.org

 

William Seach

Submitted by: William "Bill" Seach (grandson)

William Seach served in World War 1 with the United States Navy.  He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his service in China during the Boxer Rebellion, prior to World War I. When he died in 1978, he was the oldest. and longest-living, recipient of the Medal of Honor, and the last surviving US veteran of the Boxer Rebellion to receive the medal. His story was shared with us by his namesake grandson, Bill Seach:

During WW I, William Seach was Gunnery Officer on board Troop Transport U.S. Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln was torpedoed/ sunk May 31, 1918 by the German submarine U-90. Lt Seach was wounded, but taken on board and briefly made a prisoner aboard the U-90. The German U-Boat crew had no idea they had captured a Medal of Honor recipient.

In 1898, as an Ordinary Seaman, Seach was in to China during the Boxer Rebellion. As part of the relief expedition of the Allied forces, Seach distinguished himself by meritorious conduct in a number of incidents, and was awarded the Medal of Honor.

After the torpedoing in 1918, Seach was held on the submarine with another USS Florida shipmate, Lt Edouard Izac, who would himself be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in escaping his German wartime captors.

Read William Seach's entire Story of Service here.

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