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New state-level WWI Centennial Commission signed into law in Michigan

By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, United States World War One Centennial Commission

signedMichigan Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan state Senator Rebekah Warren hold the signed Senate Public Act 97 of 2017, creating a new commission within the state's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs charged with planning, developing and executing programs and activities to commemorate the centennial of World War I.  Monday, October 9, 2017 was a great day for the veterans of Michigan, as Governor Rick Snyder signed SB 248 into law, officially forming Michigan's World War I Centennial Commission.

Senate Bill 248, sponsored by state Sen. Rebekah Warren, creates a new commission within the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs charged with planning, developing and executing programs and activities to commemorate the centennial of World War I. It is now Public Act 97 of 2017.

Michigan played a huge role in America's efforts during World War I. Many training camps were created across the state, including the famous Camp Custer, and the manufacturing centers of Detroit, Flint, and Lansing provided mass quantities of everything from tanks, to trucks, to artillery shells.

Some 135,000 men and women from Michigan served in uniform during the war, and some 5,000 lost their lives in the war.

The signing was done by a formal ceremony at the state capital that was attended by representatives from the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.

The Michigan World War I Centennial Commission website can be found here: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/michigan-in-ww1-home-page.html

You can also follow the new Centennial Commission on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Michigans-WW1-Centennial-372219899492542/

Our Centennial Commission also hosts a map of World War I-related historic places in the state of Michigan here: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/michigan-in-ww1-places.html

GroupMichigan Governor Rick Snyder (fourth from right) and Michigan state Senator Rebekah Warren (third from right) join to Representatives from the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library to hold the official WW1 Centennial Flag after the signing ceremony for Michigan Public Act 97 of 2017, which created a new commission within the state's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs charged with planning, developing and executing programs and activities to commemorate the centennial of World War I.

Michigan002New recruits in Detroit form up in 1917 (photo courtesy of Detroit News Archives)

Michigan001Female factory worker at Maxwell Motor Plant in Michigan during WWI (photo courtesy of Detroit News Archives)

Michigan003Mess duty at Camp Custer training base in Michigan during WWI. (photo courtesy of Detroit News Archives)

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