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May 9, 2017

"How fragile peace can be if prudent voices go unheeded"

Van Hoy

Teresa Van Hoy is a professor at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. She has been working with WW1CC Commissioner, General Alfredo Valenzuela, on a special World War I-themed project with her students. The projects starts with them researching, writing, and producing a series of remarkable mini-documentaries, which are viewable on YouTube. We caught up with Professor Van Hoy, to talk to her about the project, and her students progress. Read here about how the project got started, what the students are learning, and the many ways in which World War I "still powerfully shapes our world."


World War I transformed America’s Army


General Barry McCaffrey, USA (Ret.), a Special Advisor to the U..S. World War I Centennial Commission, recently published a guest editorial in Military Times about how the Great War "would reinvent the U.S. Army in such a profound manner that its legacy continues to this day, woven into the very fabric of its fatigues." Faced with the need "to create virtually overnight the organizational structure, staffing and logistics needed to field a modern army," the Army, according to McCaffrey, learned lessons that "would become nothing less than strategic a generation later."   Read his entire analysis here.


Plaque honors female MT WWI veterans


A plaque honoring 23 female Montana WWI veterans who were born, or buried, or entered Federal service in Yellowstone County was dedicated recently on the lawn of the County Courthouse. Ed Saunders, an Army veteran from Laurel who spent six years finding the female veterans and chronicling their service, called his quest “an effort to shine the light and show the road back home for them, as they have been largely lost to Montana history.” The "long-overdue salute," according to Saunders, is a way of saying, “Well done, women veterans of World War I from Yellowstone County. You are forgotten no more.” Read more about the ceremony, and the women honored here.

"Take away a greater appreciation for how WWI has shaped our world"

Douglas Mudd

There is a fascinating & unique new WWI exhibit that opens on May 18th at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum in Colorado Springs. This show focuses on coinage, money, and medals of the World War I period. The exhibit title is "Trenches To Treaties; World War I in Remembrance" It will run from May 18, 2017 thru November, 2018 at the American Numismatic Association's Edward C. Rochette Money Museum located at 818 N. Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO . Exhibit is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30am to 5pm. Trenches To Treaties will present an outline of the history of World War I illustrated using money and medals to cover a number of themes ranging from financial to propaganda, art and commemoration.We had a chance to speak briefly with Douglas Mudd, who is the Curator / Museum Director. Read the entire interview here.


Features from our State web sites

Apau Kau


Apau Kau, recognized as the greatest Chinese pitcher in the United States

Apau “Sam” Kau was born to Chinese immigrant parents in Kohala, Hawaii on September 9, 1890. His family moved to Honolulu in 1901, and over the next dozen years he became famous as a baseball pitcher, dominating teams both in the islands and on barnstorming tours of the mainland, where he notched many victories against minor league and college teams. By 1917, Kau had moved to the mainland, living in the Philadelphia area. When his country at war with Germany, Kau, aged 27, registered for the draft, and was called to service in September 1917. Read the rest of the story here.




Lewis Institute and Armour Institute of Technology during the First World War

Although Illinois Institute of Technology was not formed until 1940, Lewis Institute and Armour Institute of Technology, its two predecessor schools, were both well-established when the U.S. entered World War in April of 1917. Over the next two years student life on both campuses was temporarily transformed as enlisted students shipped out, campus war training programs were established, and new war effort clubs appeared. Today, we can see the effects of wartime in our collections of student yearbooks, photographs, and alumni correspondence.

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16th Engineers Regiment (Railway), Michigan's Only All-Volunteer Regiment

The 16th Regiment of Engineers (Railway) was Organized, Mobilized and Trained with in the City Limits of Detroit, Michigan. War had become a gigantic concentration of man power and equipment for the actual waging of offense. This necessitated an unprecedented non-combatant backing of man power to supply the battle line with needed food, munitions, sanitary, medical and surgical care, means of communication and transport, and countless other accessories. The planning of the 6th Reserve Engineer Regiment, later the 16th Engineers, started in early March of 1917. On May 5,1917, Lt. Col. Harry Burgess was directed by the army to organize his regiment. On June 5, 1917 the first of several hundred men mobilized at the Michigan State Fairgrounds at Woodard  Ave. and Eight Mile. Read the rest of the 16th Engineers' story here.


Richard Bachus

This week's post features journalist, writer, and teacher, Richard Bachus. Bachus edits and curates the WWI Centennial Commission blog, Trench Commander, which chronicles his family's military adventures and the ways in which they influenced his generation of Baby Boomers. 

For the WWrite Blog, Bachus will discuss the complex process of writing his novel, Into No Man's Land, inspired by a family archival collection of letters and other artifacts dating from his grandfather's experience in WWI as a Trench Commander in France to the present. 

Additionally, you can read his interview on the site, Four Questions for Rich Bachus, "Bringing the War to Life Through the Details (both Great and Small) of One Soldier." 

AND If YOU have a news item regarding WWI and writing, please contact the blog's currator:

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Official US World War One Centennial Merchandise

We launched the official merchandise shop almost two years ago.

In that time, the WW1 centennial commemoration has progressed from a grass roots, insider idea into a nationally recognized centennial.

If you have never visited it, we invite you to browse the official merchandise shop.

You will an amazing assortment of ideas from wearables, to collectibles, to replicas - even WW1 housing. Seriously. Check it out.

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Thad Manning Mangum

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Thad Manning Mangum

Submitted by: Michael T. Mangum {grandson}

Thad Manning Mangum served in Co. K 323rd Infantry Regiment 81st Army Division fighting Wildcats. He was mustered into the Army in front of the Courthouse in Greenville, NC on May 25, 1918 and by 3 am was en-trained aboard the Norfolk Southern in front of 800 crying Mothers, Sweethearts and somber Fathers.

After less than a month basic training at Camp Jackson, SC he was sent to Camp Sevier, SC for further training. By the end of July they boarded the British Ship RMS Melita. The English food was horrid and not fit for livestock as described by the men. Most were seasick on the crossing and for men like my grandfather who could not swim they lived in constant fear of being torpedoed and had the clouds of War hanging over them. After a short stay in England they boarded an old seagoing paddle wheeler and after a rough nighttime crossing of the English Channel were finally in France by August 16th, 1918.

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May 2, 2017

New site section looks at Hindu–German Conspiracy Trial, and the service of Indians in the U.S. Armed Forces in WW1

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The new Vande Mataram in the USA section of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission web site looks at the experiences of Asian Indians in World War I America. Writer Suruchi Mohan will be exploring the intricacies of the great San Francisco trial of Indian Nationalists and Germans accused of violating the United States neutrality laws by conspiring on American soil with Germany to overthrow the British Raj. Her first article in the series lays out the backgound of the conspiracy charges led to the Hindu–German Conspiracy Trial—at the time the longest and most expensive trial ever held in the United States. The site will also feature profiles of Indians who served in the U.S.Armed Forces during WWI -- and there are some great stories to tell. Read how Suruchi got on this story in the first place, then check out the new Vande Mataram in the USA section here.


Bravery at Belleau Wood set the tone for today's United States Marine Corps

Bryan B. Battaglia

Retired Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, who served 36 years in the Marine Corps, including more than four years as the senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2011-2015). is now a Special Advisor to the United State World War I Centennial Commission. Writing in a guest editorial published in Military Times, Battaglia takes a look at how the experience of the Marine Corps in the Great War was the crucible that formed the Marines as we know them today; in particular, the epic battle at Belleau Wood. Read his entire historical analysis.


Why biplanes were the Warbirds of WWI

Manfred von Richthofen

Manfred von Richthofen isn't exactly a household name, but his alias is. During World War One, von Richthofen, also known as the Red Baron, won 80 air combat victories, and he did so while flying biplanes. But why exactly were these two-winged planes (and in the Red Baron's case the three wings of the Fokker DR.I), the aerial weapons of choice during The Great War? This article digs into the topic, exploring the different types of planes flown during the war and the continual progression of these airplanes.

"Every international challenge we face today has roots in that war and its aftermath."


The WW1CC is thrilled to have a new volunteer member on board to help us! Betsy Anderson will be our Volunteer Coordinator, and will manage the contributions from our various friends, who help us with event planning, social media writing, photography, partnerships, administrative issues, etc. She is an amazing person, with a fascinating background, and she comes from a family who was deeply touched by World War I. Betsy took some time to tell us a little bit about her story. Do you have an interest in America in World War I, and some time available? Sign up here to be a volunteer for the World War One Centennial Commission. Going to college and looking for a great internship opportunity in Washington, DC? Look into the Commission intern program.


Features from our State web sites

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World War I Changed Georgia

In this column, members of Georgia Humanities and their colleagues take turns discussing Georgia’s history and culture, and other topics that matter. Through different voices, we hear different stories.  This week, Tom Jackson, Georgia World War I Centennial Commission, and Laura McCarty, of Georgia Humanities, examine the changes World War I brought to Georgia and efforts across the state to commemorate the war. Read what they had to say.

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Pennsylvania in the
First World War

The Pennsylvania section of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission web site has a tremendous page of Articles and Resources specifically focused on the experiences and contributions of Pennsylvania during Great War. Whatever kind of research you are doing that involves PA and WWI, this is a great place to start.



California Philanthropy Before the War

Though, in general, the western states were less motivated to get into the war than Americans in the east, there were many philanthropic efforts in California to help the victims of the war long before the U.S. declared war. One California magnate, whom had been orphaned at nine years of age, knew well what it was like to be without. But, he had early on made a success of himself and his name was known where he owned offices around the world. In August of 1914, when World War I broke out, Stanford graduate and mining success Herbert C. Hoover had a heart for the victims and orphans of the war, and turned philanthropist. Read the whole story of Hoover's good deeds here.

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This week in the 100 Cities / 100 Memorials blog, we are soliciting volunteers to help us keep up with the submissions for the National WW1 Memorial Register.

Read a bit more about what is perhaps a last, best, chance to create a national record of this fading American cultural heritage.

If you have some time to offer, read about how you can help.



Kirk Douglas

To mark next week's historical election in France, the post comes from blog curator, Jennifer Orth-Veillon, who discusses post-WWI French censorship of Film and literature that portrayed overly-negative images of the war.

The film, Paths of Glory, by Stanley Kubrick as well as  Gabriel Chevallier 's book, Fear, were considered threats to France's vision of patriotism and triumph after the Armistice of 1918.

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Wing and a prayer

They flew on a wing and a prayer, because they flew without parachutes." Metal Sign $14.95

We offer this metal sign this week to honor the recent passing of Javier Fernando Arango,  a board member emeritus of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and a globally recognized expert, collector, restorer and lover of WW1 aircraft. He was lost in California near his Paso Robles ranch doing what he loved the most. Honor his passing with this WW1 aviation remembrance.

Read more about him, his family and their multi-generational dedication to WW1 aviation here.

This and many other official commemorative products are available at the official merchandise shop.

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Milton Rigby

A Story of Service from the Stories of Service section of 

Milton Rigby

Submitted by: Thomas Morgan

In the Summer of 1917, Canadian Lieutenant Colonel P. A. Guthrie, a commander in the famed Black Watch Regiment, was evacuated from the front line of combat in Germany after sustaining injuries from nearly being hit by an artillery shell. While recovering, he traveled to New England to recruit Americans to fill the places of his men lost in combat.

Milton K. Rigby of Rhode Island, and 1000 other New Englanders answered Guthrie’s call to service and on July 17th 1917 swore an oath to the king to defend the British Commonwealth and her allies. He was assigned to the 236th MacLean Kilties but was transferred to the 42nd Battalion, 3rd C.E.F. Division, along with other American Kilties, to form a joint Canadian, British and American unit under the command of the Black Watch.


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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

Flanders NYC

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:


Features from our State web sites

William Henry Merrill, Jr.


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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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


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.


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:

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U.S. Army “Doughboy” Window Decal $3.95

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

You can support the commemoration by talking to others about WW1 and its significance to our country, life and culture.

You know about it. They don't.

So start the conversation with things like the US Army Doughboy Window Decal. Get 1/2 dozen and spread them around - it'll help spread the conversation.

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Lau Sing Kee

A Story of Service from the Stories of Service section of

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

Horse in gas mask

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

American Red Cross Junior

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

“In Flanders Fields” event in DC April 30


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


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

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 or subscribe to the podcast though iTunes.


Wwrite Blog

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.

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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


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.


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April 11, 2017

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


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

Times Square

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 and, 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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Commemorate the WW1 Centennial from head to foot.

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Pfc Clarence Lee Culver

A Story of Service from the  Stories of Service section of

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.

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