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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.

 

With approximately 125 people in the audience, the commemoration began with a Marine Honor Guardmarine colorguard san fran commemoration april 6Marine Colorguard at WW1 commemoration. and the singing of the national anthem. Selected speakers discussed numerous topics on the war including the reasons the USA committed its national effort in fighting the Central Powers. Marine Major General James Myatt, USMC (Ret.) opened the ceremony welcoming and expressing the significance of San Francisco's contribution to the war effort. Sal Compagno, President of the World War Historical Association, discussed the relevance of World War 1 today and the gradual and steady decision of President Wilson seeking Congressional approval for war. He showed slides of the military bases in the San Francisco Bay Area. Robert Denison, of the Great War Society, demonstrated the dramatic effect the sinking of the Lusitania had on Americans and the reaction to the decision to go to war. Professor Karen English, of San Jose State University English Department read some of the famed poetry of the war and Professor James Armstead, Emeritus Professor in the U.S. Naval War College, read exerts from local newspapers and journals about our entry into the war. Professor Jonathan Roth, of San Jose State University, spoke of the local contribution and military volunteers from the area whose families still live in the region.

ww1 display at marines memorial commemoration april 6100-year-old World War One artifacts on display at Marines' Memorial CommemorationA question and answer period followed ending with are enactor & guests san fran commemmoration april 6 wine reception. On display also were artifacts, many 100 years old, including newspapers, photographs, and actual equipment used at the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 Guest Speakers included:

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bob denison april 6 san fran commemorationHistorian Bob Denison

dr james armstead san fran commemorationProfessor James Armstead, U.S. Naval War College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dr karen english april 6 san fran commemorationDr. Karen English, Department of English SJSUsal compagno april 6 san fran commemorationSal Compagno, President, WW1 Historical Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Watch a preview of the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Entry of the United States into World War I.
https://youtu.be/Kt_lFavhqmY

To watch the Full Length Version, please click on the link below:
https://youtu.be/bNmzPRNOE8s

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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

Website Administrator

Bill Betten

 

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