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April 5, 2018  - The SECOND 50: Final 100 Cities/100 Memorial Grant Recipients Named

100 Cities / 100 Memorial matching grant challenge Awardees are Announced in Chicago

 

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

 

One hundred years ago today was not a high time for America and her Allies. In fact, the Germans had just made the deepest incursions into France since the beginning of WW1. Now the English and the French were pleading with, and threatening the American Commander in Chief, General Pershing to give them his troops to throw at the enemy, though he insisted they had not had enough training. Back in America, it was the first month of the dreaded Spanish Flu epidemic and individual figures on deaths already were shocking. While still more ships were being sunk by subs though, Americans bravely boarded them to stop the enemy “Over There!”

We remember the victory, but do we today recall the true sacrifices made to “Win the War?” To help us do that, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library announced today the final 50 WW1 Memorials to be awarded grants and honored with the official national designation as "WW1 Centennial Memorials".

The 100 Cities/100 Memorials matching grant challenge was designed to remind America of those tough times, and to recall who had paid the price. The grants from the Commission are to help community groups restore and re-place in the public mind local World War I memorials, while commemorating the centennial of WW1.

 A total of $200,000 has been allocated for grants that will assist in the physical work and materials for the memorials’ renovations so that all across America the people not forget.  Each awardee will receive $2,000.

Joining the first four California Awardees (see our article of September 27, 2019) are the War Memorial Veterans Building and Opera House, San Francisco, CA , the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA, the Santa Monica Memorial Open Air Theater/Memorial Bronze Plaque, Santa Monica, CA, and the Albert Harry Bode Gravesite in Jackson, CA,

 

Following are the California 100 Cities / 100 Memorial matching grant challenge Awardees. To view the entire list of awardees visit https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/100-cities-100-memorials-home.html

California recipients of the official designation of “U.S. World War I Centennial Memorial

Name of Memorial

Organization /Team

City

State

Albert Harry Bode Gravesite

Sierra Amador Chapter NSDAR

Jackson

CA

Berkeley World War I Commemorative Plaques

Berkeley Historical Plaque Project

Berkeley

CA

Carmel-by-the-Sea World War I Memorial Arch

American Legion Post 512

Carmel-by-the-Sea

CA

Chinese Americans War Memorial

VFW Post 4618 & American Legion, Cathay Post #384 & SF Recreation & Parks Department

San Francisco

CA

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission

Los Angeles

CA

Memorial Tablet at Victory Memorial Grove

Los Angeles - Eschscholtzia Daughters of the American Revolution, American Legion Post 43, Disney Salutes, LA City Council District 10, City of LA Dept. of Recr. and Parks and more...

Los Angeles

CA

Santa Monica Memorial Open Air Theater

Sons of the American Legion Squadron 283, Pacific Palisades, CA

Santa Monica

CA

War Memorial Veterans Building and Opera House

City of San Francisco

San Francisco

CA

  

 

 

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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