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Centennial News Reports - Video

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report March 2019

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March 2019

Polar Bears (A.N.R.E.F.)

The American North Russia Expeditionary Force (A.N.R.E.F.) was made of of Michigan men who were in the 85th Division. They trained at Camp Custer and were sent to England where they were chosen to go to the Russian town of Archangel in September of 1918. Their purpose was to guard supplies the Allies had given to the Russians to fight the Germans. In September of 1918, the supplies were gone and their new purpose was to help the Czech Legions cross Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. They were too far away from the Czech Legion so they tried under British command to control the Archangel region. During the winter months 1918-19, the Red Russians attacked and the brave men of the A.N.R.E.F. had to fight for their lives. The Great War end in November and many of the soldiers and their relatives were asking why they were still fighting. They were eventually relieved by the British and were able to come home in July of 1919 to Detroit. They called themselves the "Polar Bears" and on Memorial Day at 11am they still have a Memorial Service at the White Chapel Cemetery in Troy,Mi.

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report February 2019

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February 2019

Eagle Boats

What is an Eagle Boat, why did they build them and what is the Michigan connection? Learn the answers to these questions and more.

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report January 2019

January 2019

James Taub U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission

Education Coordinator, James Taub of the United States World War 1 Centennial Commission talks about Michigan and how he got the job with the WW1 Centennial Commission. He also shares his experience about studying the First World War overseas as compared to the United States. He is the Michigan connection to the U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission.

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report December 2018

December 2018

War Time Recipes

War Times Recipes were designed to Save Wheat, Meat, Fats & Sugars for the war effort. During this program we bake a Meat Pie with a Rice Crust,which saves flour and maximizes the use of meat, Creamed Potatoes with Peppers & Cheese,which serves as a main dish for meatless Mondays, Liberty Biscuits, which save wheat and fats and Salvation Army Doughnuts, just like in the Trenches a 100 years ago. Rather than read about history, now you can taste history and experience what life was like during the world war.

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report November 2018

November 2018

Michigan's WW1 Centennial Events November 2018

See the World War 1 Centennial events held in Michigan during the month of November 2018. The Capital Remembrance Ceremony at the Capital Rotunda, The Vet's Fest at Cass Park and the Veteran's Day Parade in Detroit, the Bells of Peace and finally the Eugene I. VanAntwerp Ceremony at the Michigan Military Heritage Museum in Grass Lake.

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report October 2018

October 2018

Sergeant Alvin C. York's Michigan Connection

Sergeant Alvin C. York was one of the most decorated soldiers that came out of the World War. Learn about Sgt. York and his Michigan Connection.

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report September 2018

September 2018

The Meuse Argonne Offensive 

The Meuse Argonne Offensive was the largest battle in American Military History, involving more that 1.2 million soldiers and costing more that 26,000 lives. Learn more about the battle, the Michigan connection and the heroes.  

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report August 2018

August 2018

"Over Here"  Michigan's World War 1 Centennial Event 

Michigan's World War 1 Centennial Event was hosted by the Michigan Military Heritage Museum in Grass Lake, Mi. on the weekend of August 4 & 5th 2018. It features the WW1 Maquette which is a 1 /6 scale model of the wall that will be erected in Pershing Park, Washington, D.C.

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report July 2018

July 2018

"The Survivor" is the only monument or memorial to be chosen by the U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission as a recipient of the 100 Cities/ 100 Memorial program grant.

"The Survivor" is the only monument or memorial to be chosen by the U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission as a recipient of the 100 Cities/ 100 Memorial program grant. The memorial is located in the Gladwin County town of Beaverton. Helmuth Von Zengen was the artist who used his patented process of cement processing to create "The Survivor". Originally, dedicated on June 14, 1925, the restored "The Survivor" was be re-dedicated on Saturday June 30, 2018 at 10am.

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report June 2018

June 2018

Karl Detzer: Soldier, Author & Patriot

Karl Detzer served in the Mexican Border Expedition, the two World Wars and was one of the most widely read authors in history. Learn about Mr. Detzer and his life.

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report May 2018

May 2018

Spanish Influenza

The "Spanish Influenza" killed over 50 Million People during the pandemic, more than the World War! How did the "Spanish Flu" start? Why was it called the "Spanish Flu? How was it spread? Why did the U.S. Government not react quicker? How was the "Spanish Flu" Cured? Plus more about Michigan's WW1 Centennial!

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report April 2018

March 2018

Into No Man's Land Michigan Author Richard C. Bachus

Interview with Michigan author Richard C. Bachus. He talks about writing his World War 1 novel "Into No Man's Land" and shares some of the items related to his central character Colonel Joe Bachus. Plus the latest updates on Michigan's WW1 Centennial. 

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report March 2018

March 2018

The Pantheon De La Guerre

The Panthéon de la Guerre was a monumental artwork painted in Paris during the First World War, a circular panorama 402 feet in circumference and 45 feet high. It has been described as the largest painting in the world. It was started in 1914 and finished in 1918. It traveled to the United States and a part of it is still displayed in the National World War 1 Museum in Kansas City, MO. Learn about the fascinating history of these World War 1 piece of art. 

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report February 2018

February 2018

Michigan State University's Museum exhibit "War and Speech"Propaganda, Patriotism, and Dissent in the Great War

Michigan State University's Museum exhibit "War and Speech" Propaganda, Patriotism, and Dissent in the Great War Features WW1 Posters and militaria from the University

Sabaton Receives Michigan's World War 1 Centennial Excellence Award

February 26,2018 in Grand Rapids, MI.

Michigan's World War 1 Centennial Commissions honors the band Sabaton for their Excellence in song writing and performance of songs about historical events especially, the First World War. Sabaton honored members of Michigan's WW1 Centennial and Michigan Military Heritage Museum by playing the WW1 themed song "Lost Battalion". Sabaton also received 5 challenge coins for the band members, Challenge Coins can be traced back to the First World War and are in use today with the U.S. Military!

Michigan's WW1 Centennial News Report January 2018

January 2018

The 16th Regiment of Engineers (Railway)

Learn about the only All Volunteer Regiment from Michigan during the Great War. The 16th Regiment of Engineers (Railway) They were organized, mobilized and trained in the city limits of Detroit. They arrived early to build the infrastructure for the American Expeditionary Force, were part of the largest construction project in France during the war and supported the American First Army in the Meuse Argonne Offensive.

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