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California in WW1 - NOW

 

The following listed entries are those articles on events occurring during the centennial in California commemorating those Americans, and specifically the Californians, who served in WW1. You can check out all of the entries in order by scrolling, or simply jump to a particular event by clicking on it in the table of contents below. Don't forget to check out our chronologic California WW1 Centennial Events timeline page for more centennial events that happened across the state.

 

April 6, 2017 - California Remembers - The U.S. Enters the Great War

April 22, 2017 - Covina Heritage House Commemoration
May 10, 2017 - California Office of Historical Preservation
May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day Event - Rainbow Division Memorial Grove
May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day Event - Montclair City Hall
June 11,2017- Springsation Patriotic Musical
June 14, 2017 - Flag Day at Echo Park
June 15, 2017 - Grant Narratives & Applications for the 100 Cities/100 Memorials Grant Challenge Due
July 3, 2017 - Re-dedication of WW1 Memorial Plaque - Santa Monica High School
August 22, 2017 Committee on Veterans Affairs Approves ARC 114
August 28, & September 7, 2017 - California Legislature Resolution #114
September 27, 2017 - California Prominent in First Round of 100 Cities/100 Memorials Grant Challenge
November 2, 2017 - 40th Inf. Div. Band Performs James Reese Europe Music at the Presidio
November 4, 2017 - Amber Waves of Grain Festival - Corona
November 11, 2017 - Colton Veterans Day Commemoration
November 14, 2017 - Dr. Jonathan Roth - California Lutheran University
December 9, 2017 - Funds Distribution, Amber Waves of Grain - Corona
January 17, 2018 - Bob Hope Patriotic Hall Hosts the American Legion GI Bill Exhibit
January 18, 2018 - Re-dedication of Memorial Isle in Los Angeles
March 27, 2018 - Sgt. Stubby Premiere - Los Angeles
April 5, 2018  - The SECOND 50: Final 100 Cities/100 Memorial Grant Recipients Named
May 5, 2018 - Arcadia WW1 History Symposium 
May 28, 2018 - Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 2018 Memorial Day Ceremony
May 28, 2018 - Memorial Day Event, Rainbow Division Memorial Grove
May 28, 2018 - Montclair Community Action Committee's 2018 Memorial Day Ceremony
June 14, 2018 - Flag Day Event, Dedication of Restored Flagpole at L.A. WW1 Memorial
October 1-2, 2018 - State Committees Summit - To Honor & Remember - Pritzker Mil. Museum
October 2018 - California Couple Visit France & Make a Connection for Two Cities (Part One)
October 2018 - California Couple Visit France & Make a Connection for Two Cities - (Part Two)
October 13, 2018 - WW1 Conference - America in the Trenches - CSU Bakersfield
October 18, 2018 - America's Great War Romance: Love and Death, 1917-1919 - Chapman University
November 3, 2018 - Amber Waves of Grain Festival - Corona
November 8-9, 2018 - Imperial Implosions: Global Implications of WWI - CSU Channel Islands
November 10, 2018 - A Golden Cross to Bear: A Story of the 33rd Division in World War 1
November 10, 2018 - Armistice Centennial Event - Fleming Park - Colton
November 11, 2018 - The Bells of Peace Toll Again
November 11, 2018 Armistice Centennial Event - Los Angeles High School Alumni
November 11, 2018 - Armistice Centennial Event - Victory Memorial Grove
November 11, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2019 - A WW1 Armistice Centennial Exhibit at the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building 2018-2019
November 12, 2018 - Armistice Centennial Event - American Legion Hollywood Post 43
November 12, 2018 - The Great War - The Oneonta Club - South Pasadena
November 13, 2018 - Armistice Centennial Event - So. Calif. During The Great War - Glendora
May 27, 2019 - Heroes Grove Memorial Sign Setting and Dedication Ceremony
June 14, 2019 - Flag Day - One Hundred Years of Victory Memorial Grove
June 30, 2019 - Americus Brass Band tributes James Reese Europe's Harlem Hell Fighters Band CD Release Concert
July 23, 2019 - Belgian Consul General Recalls His Monarch's Visit and Honors a Century of Friendship

 

 

 

 

April 6, 2017 - Second Event
San Francisco Marines' Memorial Commemoration

Commandant’s Room of the Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel, San Francisco, California

 

By Sal Campagno & Bill Betten, Co-Directors of the California WW1 Centennial Task Force

 

sal compano addressing san fran commemoration audience april 6WW1 Historical Association President Sal Compano addresses audience on April 6, 2017, in San FranciscoIn San Francisco, at 6:00 p.m. on the evening of April 6th, members of the California World War One Centennial Task Force and the World War One Historical Association joined efforts with the San Francisco Marines’ Memorial Association at the Commandant’s Room of the Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel to host an event recalling the U.S. entry into WW1, and commemorate the sacrifices made for liberty and freedom.

Read more: April 6, 2017 San Francisco Marine's Memorial Event

 California Remembers - The U.S. Enters the Great War

 

On April 6, 2017, across the state, Californians remembered the U.S. entry into World War 1 with three significant events. Two were held in Southern California, and one in the northern half of the state.

 

April 6, 2017 - First Event
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commemoration

Exposition Park, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

 

By Bill Betten, Co-Director of the California WW1 Centennial Task Force

 

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At what is surely California's largest WW1 memorial, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, dignitaries, celebrities, re-enactors, and the common patriot attended a well-prepared commemoration that included a formal color guard, speakers, poetic readings, and dramatizations. The event, organized by Courtland Jindra, one of the California World War One Centennial Task Force Co-Directors, and the Memorial Coliseum, was a superb example of preparation.

Read more: April 6, 2017 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Event

 

 

April 6, 2017 - Third Event
Claremont University Commemoration

Claremont McKenna College Campus, Claremont, California

 

By Bill Betten, Co-Director of the California WW1 Centennial Task Force

 

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Historians, Authors, and Musical Specialists Commemorate the Centennial as Local Dignitaries Present Proclamations

On the campus of the Claremont Universityarise joyringers centerArise Joy Ringers handbell choir in Claremont, California, on the evening of April 6, 2017 members of the California World War One Centennial Task Force joined efforts with Lieutenant Colonel Evan Wollen, Professor of Military Science of the Claremont McKenna College ROTC Golden Lions Battalion, to host an evening event recalling the U.S. entry into WW1 at the Roberts Pavilion Sports Arena on the Claremont McKenna College campus.

The evening of commemorating and honoring the American sacrifices made in the war effort, while educating those who attended the event, includedre enactor damian stellabottWW1 re-enactor Damian Stellabott guest speakers expert on the topic, re-enactors, exceptional live music performances, recent authors of books on WW1, a dramatic historiographic presentation, presentations of proclamations from local officials, and an impressive display of memorabilia and photos from the war.

vfw post 12034 la verne band of brothers cgVFW Post 12034 La Verne Band of Brothers Color Guard Local dignitaries, authors, and historians were present to commemorate the United States entry into World War One. To open the event, Arise Joy Ringers handbell choir processed into positions playing The American March followed by the Band of Brothers Color Guard VFW POST 12034 of La Verne, CA., who presented the colors.

Read more: April 6, 2017 Claremont University Commemoration Event

 

 

April 22, 2017 - Covina Heritage House Commemoration

Covina Heritage House, 300 N. Valencia Place, City of Covina, California

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The Covina Heritage House

World War 1 Commemoration and Fundraiser

 

 

 

April 22, 2017 Covina Heritage House & ColorguardApril 22, 2017 Covina Heritage House & Color GuardTo match the "outsized response by the citizens of Covina and environs, representing but a small agricultural community" during World War One, the citizens of Covina and the San Gabriel Valley made an extraordinary effort to commemorate and show support of the California WW1 Centennial Task Force in their Covina Heritage House World War 1 Commemoration and Fundraiser. On Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. at the Heritage House, on the west side of Covina Park, the Covina Valley Historical Society presented a comprehensive program exploring the decade of 1910 through 1919 and America’s ultimate participation in World War I. The activities provided visitors both a broad perspective of the war by investigating the battlefields in Europe, and the roll of men and women in the conflict, as well as an examination of the U.S. preparation. The California WW1 Centennial Task Force had also been invited to set up a booth to inform all of the plans and events of the U.S. WW1 Centennial Commission as well as efforts of the Task Force here in California.

Read more: April 22, 2017 - Covina Heritage House

California WW1 Centennial Task Force

 

Managing Board Co-Directors

Bill Betten
Sal Compagno
Col. Andre N. Coulombe
Hugh E. Crooks, Jr.
Mike Hanlon
Brigadier General R.G. Head, Ph.D. USAF (Ret.)
Prof. Jennifer Keene, Ph.D
Courtland Jindra
Dennis Matarrese
Major General Michael J. Myatt USMC (Ret.)
Stephen M. Payne, Ph.D.
Anthony Powell
Lester Probst
Prof. Jonathan Roth, Ph.D.
Col. Fred Rutledge 

Northern California Committee

Sal Compagno
Mike Hanlon
Stephen M. Payne, Ph.D.
Lt. Col. Kenneth Nielsen
Major General Michael J. Myatt USMC (Ret.)

Anthony Powell
Col. Fred Rutledge
Prof. Jonathan Roth, Ph.D.

Southern California Committee

Bill Betten
Maria Carrillo
Col. Andre N. Coulombe
Brigadier General R.G. Head, Ph.D. USAF (Ret.) 
Courtland Jindra
Lester Probst
Jeff Sharp

 Education Committee

Bill Betten, Master of Arts in Education, (Retired teacher DUSD, OUSD, AGUSD)
Lauren Weiss Bricker, Ph.D., Professor of Architecture at Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Scott Corbett, Ph.D, Lecturer, History, CSUCI
Jennifer Keene, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of History, Chapman University
Michael Powelson, Ph.D., Lecturer, History, CSUCI
Jonathan Roth, Ph.D., Professor of History, SJSU, Burdick Military History Project Director [Committee Chair]
Miriam Raub Vivian, Ph.D.,  Professor of History, CSUB

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Bill Betten

 

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