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WW1 Centennial News

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It's about WWI THEN: 100 Years ago this week;
It's about WWI NOW: The Centennial and commemoration
It is fast, entertaining, wide ranging and informative.

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Sync Call for Wednesday March 02 at 12pm EST

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News at a Glance

1.New Sync Call Platform - Next Week

2. Collaboration Call Tomorrow - Travelling Exhibits

3. Army Commemorative Office Pamphlets

Read more below!

Read more: Sync Call Minutes 03-02-2016

Sync Call for Wednesday February 24 at 12pm EST

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News at a Glance

1. Upper Midwest Regional Meeting - March 14

2. US Mint Coin Design Competition

3. State Outreach Collaboration Call - Next Week March 03

Read more below!

Read more: Sync Call Minutes 02-24-2016

Sync Call for Wednesday February 10 at 12pm EST

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News at a Glance

1. Black History Month

2. State Website Seminar - Feb. 28

3. Doughboy MIA

Read more below!

Read more: Sync Call Minutes 02-10-2016

Sync Call for Wednesday February 03 at 12pm EST
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News at a Glance

1. State Outreach Collaboration Call - Tomorrow

2. State Website Seminar - Feb. 28

3. Upcoming Events Aplenty

 

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Read more: Sync Call Minutes 02-03-2016

Sync Call for Wednesday January 27 at 12pm EST
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News at a Glance

1. Memorial Design Competition Winner: Joe Weishaar and "The Weight of Sacrifice"!

 

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Read more: Sync Call Minutes 01-27-2016

Sync Call for Wednesday January 20 at 12pm EST
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News at a Glance

1. 10th Commission Meeting - January 25

2. Memorial Design Competition Winner Announcement - January 25

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Read more: Sync Call Minutes 01-20-2016

Sync Call for Wednesday January 13 at 12pm EST
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News at a Glance

1. Upcoming Events

  • 10th Commission Meeting - January 25
  • WWI Memorial Design Competition Winner Announcement - January 25

2. The Texas WWI Centennial Committee Website is Live

3. Commissioner Seefried Awarded the Legion d'Honneur

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Read more: Sync Call Minutes 01-13-2016

Sync Call for Wednesday January 06 at 12pm EST
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News at a Glance

1. Upcoming Events

  • January State Outreach Collaboration Call - Tomorrow
  • 10th Commission Meeting - January 25
  • WWI Memorial Design Competition - The Jury Deliberates Over a Winner Now!
2. The Georgia WWI Centennial Commission Website is Live
3. The December Centennial Countdown Blog is Out
4. Three New Videos in the Commission Video Library
Read more below!

Read more: Sync Call Minutes 01-06-2016

Sync Call for Wednesday December 30 at 12pm EST
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Help the WW1CC!

  1. Donate! Go to our donations page.
  2. Send a letter to the USPS Stamp Committee! Use this template.
  3. Send us interns! Direct anyone you know who is interested to our Internship webpage.
  4. Help with state and regional organization! Let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  5. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization.
  6. Wear official WW1 commemorative merchandise with pride! Head over to the Commission shop for a full selection.

News and Announcements:

The National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park- Design Competition Update

The Jury Deliberates Next Week

The Design Competition jury will deliberate over the winner of the design competition next week January 5-7 in Washington, DC. On Wednesday, January 6, each finalist will present their design concept to the jury in a meeting at Jones Day Law firm. This meeting is open to the public. Presentations will begin at 9 am and are expected to finish around 5 pm. Jones Day address is 300 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC. The formal announcement of the winner will coincide with our 10th Commission Meeting on January 25.

The final concepts are on the Commission's Stage II Design Development webpage if you would like to see them and comment on them.

Please remember that even with the perfect design, we can’t build a memorial without donations. Every dollar donated will be matched by our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library. You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. Our veterans deserve a memorial. We can build it.

10th Commission Meeting - January 25

The next WWI Centennial Commission meeting will take place on Monday, January 25, at 10 am at our office here in DC : 1776 G St NW. The Commissioners will vote on the winning design concept for the WWI Memorial at Pershing Park. At 2 pm that same day, we will hold a press conference at the National Press Club to announce the winning concept.

Updates from the States

Volunteer for state outreach. Contact Andrew McGreal if you are willing to help.

January 07 State Outreach Collaboration Call
We will hold our third State Outreach Collaboration Call in the new format on Thursday January 7 at 12 pm EST. This call will focus on ‘Organizing a Commemorative Body’ and we will have a panel of experts from several libraries from across the country on the line. This will be a great call for all up-and-coming state commemorative bodies to attend.. Reminders will be sent out the day of the call. The call-in number will be the same as past calls - contact a State Outreach Coordination team member to get on the roster.

State Outreach Webpage
We have a new State Outreach webpage set up on the Commission website. It houses the State Outreach Guide and its toolbox of Commission resources, the state outreach status map, as well as the minutes and recordings from our monthly State Outreach Collaboration Calls.

WW1 Commemorative Merchandise

The WW1CC merchandise store is open on our website! Go online to get your own fine-crafted piece of WW1 commemorative merchandise and to support the Commission all at once. We have an exciting and varied line of products available for purchase - check it out today!

DISPATCH Newsletter

The Commission publishes a weekly newsletter, the DISPATCH. If you’re not receiving this and want to, subscribe on the Commission's website here to be added to the distribution list.

Read more: Sync-Call Minutes 12-30-15

Sync Call for Wednesday December 23 at 12pm EST
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Help the WW1CC!

  1. Donate! Go to our donations page.
  2. Send a letter to the USPS Stamp Committee! Use this template.
  3. Send us interns! Direct anyone you know who is interested to our Internship webpage.
  4. Help with state and regional organization! Let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  5. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization.
  6. Wear official WW1 commemorative merchandise with pride! Head over to the Commission shop for a full selection.

News and Announcements:

Updates from the States

Volunteer for state outreach. Contact Andrew McGreal if you are willing to help.

New York City Executive Council
Commissioner Libby O'Connell has been leading efforts to stand up a WWI Centennial Committee for New York. We’re pleased to announce that Real Estate Executive Elihu Rose and Broadcaster and Educator William F. Baker have joined the Executive Council this committee.

January 07 State Outreach Collaboration Call
We will hold our third State Outreach Collaboration Call in the new format on Thursday January 7 at 12 pm EST. This call will focus on ‘Organizing a Commemorative Body’ and we will have a panel of experts from several libraries from across the country on the line. This will be a great call for all up-and-coming state commemorative bodies to attend.. Reminders will be sent out the day of the call. The call-in number will be the same as past calls - contact a State Outreach Coordination team member to get on the roster.

State Outreach Webpage
We have a brand new State Outreach webpage set up on the Commission website. It houses the State Outreach Guide and its toolbox of Commission resources, the state outreach status map, as well as the minutes and recordings from our monthly State Outreach Collaboration Calls.

The National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park- Updates

Yesterday, December 22, wrapped up the public display of the 5 finalists of the National WWI Memorial Design competition at the Wilson Building in Washington, DC. The final concepts will remain on the Commission's Stage II Design Development webpage. Read all about the concepts and examine high-definition pictures; post your comments, too.

The jury will deliberate over the winner of the design competition January 5-7 here in Washington, DC. Our formal announcement will coincide with our 10th Commission Meeting on January 25th. We will post more details on this as we get closer.

Please remember that even with the perfect design, we can’t build a memorial without donations. Every dollar donated will be matched by our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library. You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. Our veterans deserve a memorial. We can build it.

Recent Media Attention for the Design Competition
Design Competition Manager Roger Lewis was interviewed on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on NPR on Thursday December 17. Roger discussed the process for building a national memorial in DC and the challenges that come with that. You can listen to the interview online at the Kojo Nnamdi Show webpage.

Additionally, a C-Span interview with Commissioner Edwin Fountain on the Memorial Design Competition will air on Sunday January 3 at 9:30 pm EST (6:30pm PST) on C-SPAN 3.

Diplomatic Advisory Board

The Commission continues to add former US Ambassadors to foreign countries to our Diplomatic Advisory Board. The role of the Diplomatic Advisory Board is to enhance outreach as we bring together new sponsors and partners for our commemorative activities, and to provide counsel, strategy and contacts in the countries where they served. We've added two new members to the Board:

  • Ambassador James Lowenstein
  • Ambassador Carl Speilvogel
The first meeting of the DAB will be on January 13 in Washington, DC.

Los Angeles Pershing Square Renovation Design Competition

Pershing Square Renew, the non-profit group looking to renovate downtown Los Angeles's Pershing Square, announced the four finalists for creating the public space's new look. These designs, selected from 54 entries, were selected because they “really articulated the opportunity that they saw for Pershing Square going into the future," according to Eduardo Santana, Executive Director for Pershing Square Renew. Anyone interested in checking out the finalist can visit the Pershing Square Renew competition webpage.

WW1 Commemorative Merchandise

The WW1CC merchandise store is open on our website! Go online to get your own fine-crafted piece of WW1 commemorative merchandise and to support the Commission all at once. We have an exciting and varied line of products available for purchase - check it out today!

DISPATCH Newsletter

The Commission publishes a weekly newsletter, the DISPATCH. If you’re not receiving this and want to, subscribe on the Commission's website here to be added to the distribution list.

Read more: Sync-Call Minutes 12-23-15

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