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Armistice Centennial Event - Hollywood American Legion Post 43 - Nov. 12, 2018

American Legion Post 43 Building, Los Angeles, California

320 pixel logo w sloganAn event endorsed and approved by the California WW1 Centennial Task Force to commemorate, honor, and educate the citizens of the Great State of California.



Presented by
The California World War I Centennial Task Force
November 12, 2018 at 1:30 pm


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

reenator guard at post 34 aceWW1 Reenactor, Larry Dunn posts guard at American Legion Post 43 Armistice Centennial Event.

Besides renewing old acquaintances, I always enjoy visiting the Hollywood Post 43 American Legion Building if for nothing more than just to appreciate the architecture and its history. The nearly one-hundred-year-old building has a lot of history. Its interior walls are covered with rare headlines from newspapers and photos of its famous members. Likewise, its archives are abundant with artifacts and American treasures that few can find these days.exhibit by bill betten result

This day's commemorative program for the centenary of the Armistice, endorsed and produced by the California WW1 Centennial Task Force, strove to educate as well as entertain those who attended.

It was more than fitting that I should attend the Armistice Centennial Event being held at the American Legion post of which I am a "Sons of" squadron member, but having been asked to also play a speaking role in the program and having the honor of setting up a display, only made it that much more inviting for exhibit with viewers resultme. Though Post 43 has quite a number of World War One artifacts it can proudly boast, I was still permitted to exhibit the items I have been using over the past four years throughout Southern California for presentations during the centennial of the Great War.cww1ctf exhibit with viewer result

As has been my honor over the course of the centennial, it was a distinct privilege to observe the many faces with inquiring eyes that inspected and considered my pieces on exhibit, while learning from their display. But, it was that much more gratifying to watch these retired warriors examine and deliberated the collection. They also expressed how important it is that those who come behind take interest and grow eager to learn of the valor represented in these few items, that we Americans absorb and study the past, in order to wisely scrutinize the future.


sarah lonsert performs our national anthem resultThe program began with Sarah Lonsert performing a lovely rendition of the Star Spangled banner. As event writer and emcee, my fellow Co-Director Courtland Jindra said that he was "avoiding pontificating speeches" and only introduced and summed up the proceedings, letting "the history speak for itself."

narator jonathan flora resultNarrator Jonathan Flora speaks to those in attendance from the podium while line of guest speakers sit behind him. Using a similar format to one he had written for the centennial of the entry of the United States in the Great War, Co-Director Jindra attempted to transport the audience back to the beginning of U.S. participation. Veteran and director-producer Jonathan Flora narrated the history of U.S. involvement in the war. The program began with a lead-up to President Wilson's address to Congress and finished with General Pershing 's letter thanking his troops the day after the cease fire went into effect.

bill betten speaks resultTask Force Co-Director Bill Betten speaks at the podium while guest speakers await their turn behind him. On stage from left to right: Jennifer Crandell, Jennifer Campbell, Buddy Watson, Ken Campbell, Jeff Daly (unseen behind Bill,) Jack Kennedy, Jonathan Flora, Michael Broderick, Gerorge Cantero, Al Naipo, Donna Callaway, and vocalist Sara Lonsert (partially seen.)The American Legion provided most of the historical readers, but others helped out as well, including Al Naipo, the Chief Administrative Officer of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission.

Items performed included excerpts from Los Angeles Times articles, quotations from Doughboys in the field and General officers as well as Hello Girls, and eyewitness accounts from other countries. I was proud to be asked read some of these narratives as well.

The program endeavoring to tell a comprehensive story from the home front to the Western Front's finale in the Argonne. Highlights included Fernando Rivero reading French Officer Jean de Pierrefeu's remembrance of seeing Americans arrive in the line at a crucial moment, as well as a cadre of gentlemen who performed thoughts of various American foot soldiers.fernando rivera speaks at post 43 ace nov 2018 resultPost 43 Commander Fernando Rivera speaks at the Armistice Centennial Event November 11, 2018.

Buddy Watson did double duty also reading German Quartermaster General Erich Ludendorff (with a German accent.) The show stopper of the ceremony was when Ms. Lonsert sang the hilarious "If He Can Fight, Like He Can Love (Goodnight Germany)" with the perfect amount of sass. The crowd laughed repeatedly and showered her with applause. Mr. Flora even broke his Narrator demeanor with a comment on how racy the tune was before returning to his script.standing j daly b watson k campbell g cantero a naipo result




Member of Veterans of Film & Television, Jack Kennedy, ended the tale by reading the thank you telegram General Pershing sent to every unit in the AEF to be read after the guns went quiet. The Mayor of Los Angeles's Military and Veterans Affairs Director, Larry Vasquez laid the memorial wreath, with an assist from a Doughboy re-enactor as Jindra asked for a moment of silence.


ww1 reenactor larry dunn chats with a veteran resultWW! reenactor Larry Dunn chats with an American Legion Post 43 member..Afterward the crowd milled around, enjoying the refreshments, and inspected the California WW1 Centennial Task Force displays, and enjoyed refreshments Courtland and his fiance Melissa had provided.

post 43 ace mc courtland jindra resultAmerican Legion Post 43 Armitsice Centennial Event Coordinator and Emcee Courtland Jindra.

I personally heard my fellow members of the Sons of the American Legion say how they were very impressed.,"Compliments are again due to Courtland (Jindra.)" It seemed clear that everyone agreed it was a fitting tribute to the war that changed the world.









California World War 1 Centennial Task Force & Hollywood American Legion Post 43
Armistice Centennial Event Program:
Welcome/Introduction–Courtland Jindra, Co-Director WWI Centennial Task Force
Main Program
[Narrator –Jonathan Flora]
“Peace of the World Menaced: Neutrality is Not Desirable”-Los Angeles Times, April 3, 1917
James Harbord’s Letters to Wife
Various Soldier and Marine Remarks Throughout
“The French and British Consolidate Their Gains”-Los Angeles Times August 2nd, 1918
“Hello Girls”Quotes
African American Soldier Observations
General Pershing Quotes
Jean de Pierrefeuon Seeing Americans Marching to the Front
“If He Can Fight Like He Can Love”
Laying of Wreath
Thank You



 ace audience listens resultPost 43 audience concentrates on the Armistice Centennial Event presentation with much interest.ace wreath resultWW1 Commemoration wreath used to honor those who served one hundred years ago. 












american legion vets greetings result Post 43 American Legion veterans offer warm greetings at WW1 Armistice Centennial Event.

sarah lonsert if he can fight resultPresenting a bit of 1918 comedic fun, "If He Can Fight, Like He Can Love - Goodnight Germany," Sarah Lonsert got the audience smiling at the WW1 vintage tongue-in-cheek (forgive the pun.)




















bill bettens exhibit resultBill Betten's WW1 exhibit on display at Post 43 in Hollywood.




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speakers flora m broderick cantero naipo resultACE speakers await the start of the program: (L to R) Jonathan Flora, Michael Broderick George Cantero, and Al Naipo

cww1ctf ww1 exhibit resultThe California WW1 Centennial Task Force exhibit really attracted a lot of attention. jennifer crandell buddy watson jeff daly resultJennifer Crandell; Buddy Watson. and Jeff Daly greet other American Legion members before the program.














 d callaway & fellow legionnaires resultDonna Callaway & fellow legionnaires share refreshments after.







  co director bill betten resultTask Force Co-Director Bill Betten delivers a quote to the audience. The commemoration was held in the downstairs assembly hall of the post's historic building.












 Speaker Michael BroderickSpeaker Michael Broderick buddy watson resultBuddy Watson reads for the audience.












danielle baker resultAbove: Speaker Danielle Baker.At left: Jeff Daly stepped up next with his oral interpretation.

Below: Al Naipo addresses the audience.
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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

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Bill Betten


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