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National WWI Memorial Project Timeline

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  • September 2012
  • 09/10

    Public Law 112-272 introduced by Senator Ted Poe (R-TX)


    Public Law 112-272 was introduced to Congress by Representative Ted Poe (R-TX). This provided for the creation of the World War One Centennial Commission, a non-taxpayer funded agency tasked with overseeing the design and construction of a National World War One Memorial in Washington, DC's Pershing Park, as well as educational and commemorative efforts to increase national awareness of the First World War.

  • January 2013
  • 01/14

    Public Law 112-272 signed by President Obama


    Public Law 112-272 signed by President Obama, effectively creating the United States World War One Centennial Commission.

  • September 2013
  • 09/13

    WWICC Meets for the First Time


    The World War One Centennial Commission for their inaugural meeting in Kansas City, Missouri at the National World War One Museum at Liberty Memorial.

  • November 2013
  • 11/15

    WWICC Meets for the Second Time


    Commissioner Edwin Fountain suggests a National WWI Memorial for the National Mall at the second Commission in Kansas City.

  • April 2014
  • 04/09

    WWICC Meets for the Fourth Time


    At the Commission's fourth meeting, the Commissioners discussed finalizing draft legislation for Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) to introduce to Congress to recognize the Liberty Memorial and Pershing Park as National World War One Memorials.

  • 04/28

    Representative Cleaver (D-MO) Introduces HR 4489 to Congress


    Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO) introduced HR 4489 to Congress, the World War One Memorial Act of 2014. The was bill to designate the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri and Pershing Park in Washington, DC as National World War One Memorials.

  • June 2014
  • 06/10

    Edwin Fountain Testifies to Congress


    Vice Chair Edwin Fountain testifies to Congress in support of the World War One Memorial Act of 2014.

  • July 2014
  • 07/27

    Memorial Design Competition Recommended to Commission


    At the fifth Commission meeting, Vice Chair Edwin Fountain suggests a competition be used to decide the Pershing Park memorial design.

  • December 2014
  • 12/06

    Pritzker Museum Donates $5 Million


    Pritzker Military Museum and Library donates $5 million to the World War One Centennial Commission in an effort to support the Commission's goals of commemorating those who fought and educating Americans about the Great War.

  • 12/09

    Sixth Commission Meeting


    At the sixth Commissioners' meeting, Commissioner Edwin Fountain announces to the Commission that theNational Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year of 2015 includes a section that designates Liberty Memorial and Pershing Park as National World War One Memorials. The Commission set up the parameters for a jury to decide the winning memorial design, retaining competition managers Donald Statsny of Oregon and Roger Lewis of Washington, DC, for oversight of the competition.

  • 12/19

    Public Law 113-291 Passes


    Public Law 113-291, containing an amendment to the Commemorative Works Act, is enacted, allowing for donor contributions to be made for commemorative works projects. This allows for private sponsors to donate money to the construction of a WWI Memorial and for a sponsor to be openly acknowledged somewhere on the Memorial.

  • March 2015
  • 03/12

    Donald Statsny to Create Competition Manual


    Donald Statsny tasked with creating a competition manual. The Commission reviewed Stage I and II guideline parameters for the competition.

  • May 2015
  • 05/13

    WWICC Announced Design Competition


    WWICC publicly announced a forthcoming competition to design a National World War I Memorial located in Pershing Park on Pennsylvania Avenue, one block east of the White House.

  • 05/21

    WWICC Initiates Competition


    The World War One Centennial Commission launched the competition and published a Competition Manual for potential designers and design teams.

  • July 2015
  • 07/21

    Stage I of Competition Complete


    Over 350 different designs received for Stage I of the Design Competition.

  • August 2015
  • 08/14

    WWICC Releases Stage I Report


    Design Competition Jury released Stage I report. This report discussed the conclusions reached by the Jury and their thoughts on the various designs.

  • 08/19

    Stage II Design Concepts Announced


    Stage II design concept selections announced. Five concepts were selected by the commission to proceed to Stage II. Those selected include: "Plaza to the Forgotten War" submitted by Brian Johnsen, AIA; Sebastian Schmaling, AIA, LEEP AP; and Andrew Cesarz, at Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee, WI; "World War One Memorial Concept" submitted by Devin Kimmel, Principal at Kimmel Studio, llc in Annapolis, MD"; "The Weight of Sacrifice" submitted by Joseph Weishaar of Chicago, IL; "An American Family Portrait Wall in the Park" submitted by STL Architects in Chicago, IL; and "Heroes' Green" submitted by Maria Counts, of Counts Studio in Brooklyn, NY.

  • December 2015
  • 12/03

    WWICC Vice Chair Briefs the NCPC


    Vice Chair Edwin Fountiain briefed the National Capital Planning Commission regardng the design competition and five finalist designs.

  • 12/14

    WWICC Displays Finalist Designs


    Public Display of Design Competition Stage II Finalist Designs at Wilson Building in downtown Washington, DC, with simultaneous online exhibition receiving public comments.

  • January 2016
  • 01/05

    Jury Meets to Discuss Design Competition


    Jury met in Arlington, VA, and Washington, DC, to review the Stage II final designs as well as recommend the selected design to the WWICC.

  • 01/20

    Jury Releases Design Report


    The July publishes a report to the WWICC on the five Stage II designs.

  • 01/26

    WWICC Chooses Winning Design for the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park


    "Weight of Sacrifice" chosen by Commission as the design for the memorial and announced to the press (Washington Post, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and others) at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. WWICC Vice Chair Edwin Fountain, Representative Emanuel Cleaver, and Sandra Pershing spoke at the Press Club announcement. The design concept was submitted by Joseph Weishaar, an architect-in-training currently located in Chicago, IL, and collaborating artist, veteran sculptor Sabin Howard, of New York.

  • May 2017
  • 05/18

    Commission of Fine Arts Adopts WWI Memorial Design Concept


    In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts adopted the design concept for the WWI Memorial, initiating the official regulatory review process.

  • July 2017
  • 07/13

    National Capital Planning Commission Adopts WWI Memorial Design Concept


    In a unanimous decision, the National Capital Planning Commissioned adopted the design concept for the WWI Memorial.

  • November 2017
  • 11/09

    Ceremonial Groundbreaking


    On November 9, 2017 at 11am EST, the US World War One Centennial Commission held a ceremonial groundbreaking for America's WWI Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington DC

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