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The WWI Centennial Dispatch is a weekly newsletter that touches the highlights of WWI centennial and the Commission's activities. It is a short and easy way to keep tabs on key happenings. We invite you to subscribe to future issues and to explore the archive of previous issues.

WWI Memorial Final Designer Selection This Month

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January 4, 2016

General Gordon Sullivan, USA (Ret.) Joins Commission Efforts

Arlington, VA - General Gordon R. Sullivan has agreed to join the commemoration as a Special Advisor to the Commission.

Sullivan retired from the United States Army on 31 July 1995 after more than 36 years of active service. He culminated his service in uniform as the 32nd Chief of Staff—the senior general officer in the Army—and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As the Chief of Staff of the Army, he created the vision and led the team that transitioned the Army from its Cold War posture. In August 1993, President Bill Clinton assigned the duties and responsibility of Acting Secretary of the Army to General Sullivan, who continued to serve as Chief of Staff.

He is the co-author, with Michael V. Harper, of Hope Is Not a Method (Random House, 1996), which chronicles the enormous challenges encountered in transforming the post-Cold War Army through the lens of proven leadership principles and a commitment to shared values. He serves on the boards of several major corporations, including Newell Rubbermaid. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Norwich University; a director of the Institute of Defense Analyses, and the Chairman Emeritus of the Marshall Legacy Institute. Sullivan is also the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Association of the United States Army, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. He assumed his current position at the Association in February 1998. For his work with AUSA, he was awarded the prestigious Sylvanus Thayer Award by the United States Military Academy in 2003. (Wikipedia)



Happy New Year - 2016 will be a busy year!

Washington, DC - It will be a busy year for us indeed. First a Commission vote is scheduled for January 25th on a design concept for the National World War I Memorial at Pershing Park. You can Check out the the five final design concepts for the Memorial on the Stage II Design Development page of the Commission web site. The Commission will vote on the morning of the 25th, and a press conference follows at 2 p.m. EST at the National Press Club.

Also coming on the 20th of April near Paris, the French Ministry of Defense with the American Battle Monuments Commission will re-dedicate the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial. The Memorial is the final resting place of Americans who flew under the French flag prior to the U.S. entry into the Great War.

The Lafayette Escadrille was the brainchild of three individuals: Mr. Norman Prince of Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. William Thaw of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Dr. Edmond Gros, an American expatriate living in France. Seeking to aid the Allied cause, they lobbied officials in Paris to create an all-American squadron within the French Air Service. In need of more combat forces and ever-aware of the positive propaganda value Americans flying under the French flag could afford in garnering United States support for the Allied cause, French officials approved the concept on August 21st, 1915. Read more.



Thank You

Washington, DC - 2015 saw organizing committees spring up in every state and territory in the U.S. That activity is the result of the importance Americans place on the Great War and on our collective will to honor those who served then and now. Over 400 volunteers across the nation are working on education, planning, conferences, books, movies and social media to tell their story. To them we express our heartfelt thanks.

And to those of you who opened your wallets until it hurt, know that you have made a difference in how our great nation will be reminded of the sacrifices of those 4.7 million Americans who served a century ago.

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WWI Pilot Metal Sign“They flew on a wing and a prayer, because they flew without parachutes."

During a summer outing through the country, our Official Merchandise partner discovered an estate sale at a farm full of overlooked history. After digging deep into a bin of dusty artifacts, they found a rusty old metal sign. There was a story behind that sign and it spoke about our country’s history! The idea intrigued them enough to design a series of 8" X 12" WWI metal signs that would convey the same feelings today - feelings of pride and gratitude, but of reminiscent humor as well. Check out the whole series in the Official Merchandise Shop.


Gordon R. Sullivan, President, AUSA
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Commission Set to Reach Over 11 million

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Tuesday Sept 8, 2015


Commission Releases National Education Plan

Commissioner Libby O’Connell has released the Commission’s National Education Plan. The NEP sets as its target reaching 11.7 million students over the next four years. Teacher resources are available now.

 

Kansas Holds Initial Meeting
The initial meeting of the Kansas WW1 Centennial Commemoration Committee
was held recently with WW1 Centennial Commissioner Jim Whitfield in attendance. The Governor of Kansas passed Chairman Dalessandro's letter on to the Kansas Historical Society which, in turn, named Mary Madden, Director of the Kansas Museum of History, as the Committee's Chairman. It's mission is to "Raise Awareness of Kansas role and contributions in World War 1" and it is currentley working to develop a Kansas WW1 Logo. The Committee plans to reconvene in a few month's time.


Tennessee Announces Kick-Off Events

The Tennessee Great War Commission has announced plans for November events with a focus on Tennesseans who were involved in the war before the U.S. entry in 1917. The Tennessee site is up and running on WordWar1Centennial site. Take a look here.


Memorial Design Competition Moves to Finalist stage
The finalists for the National World War 1 Memorial Design competition were announced last week. You can see the finalists design concept submissions here.


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Sarajevo to ISIS

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Sept 14, 2015

SARAJEVO to ISIS

(Washington) - U.S. House of Representatives staff filled the room for a talk during the last week of their recess given by Commissioner Dr. Libby O'Connell, Ph.d. O'Connell is Chief Historian at the History Channel. The session set up by Congressman Yoder's Legislative Assistant Mike Brooks and staff of longtime WWICC supporter Congressman Cleaver. Dr. O'Connell tracked the causes of unrest as a result of the treaty that ended WWI from the middle east to China, (Qīngdǎo to be precise -- westernized as Tsingtao, a popular beer). Commission teacher resources are always available here. A second performance is planned.

DON'T BE FORGOTTEN!

(Baltimore) - Do NOT miss Commission Chair Rob Dalessandro's talk at the American Legion Convention in Baltimore last week. The Commission was well represented on the convention floor by this guy.

FAMILY MATTERS

(San Francisco) - Commissioner Alfred Valenzuela related military family tragedy to that faced by General Pershing with the loss of his wife and daughters in a fire at the Presidio in San Francisco. The General added the Commissions wreath to that placed by the Pershing Rifles. See it here.




'SARAJEVO to ISIS' was the title of a talk by Commissioner and senior historian at the History Channel, Dr. Libby O'Connell, Ph.D.
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States Joining WW1 Centennial

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Sept 21, 2015


Mississippi Gets Organized
Gulfport, MS - Eight volunteers met with Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes and Chief Officer John Kelly recently to discuss plans for Mississippi's involvement with the WWI Centennial Commission's efforts.
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Seven States to Go
Washington, DC - Only 7 states and 5 territories remain without an official WWI Centennial organization of which the Commission is aware. If you're in a 'white state' on the map below and you know there is a state organization, please contact Andrew McGreal in our office with the info, and watch your state go green!

State WW1 Organizations



Pershing Park West
Los Angeles, CA - The campaign to revitalize World War One memorials has truly become a national, coast-to-coast effort. Only two weeks after the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission unveiled the five final designs for the renewed Pershing Park in downtown Washington, city leaders in Los Angeles have announced a design competition for Pershing Square, the oldest park in the city. Work on the redesigned park in downtown LA is expected to be completed by 2020, and will be a major factor in the ongoing revitalization of downtown Los Angeles.

Design Oversight Committee Sees Final Five
Check out the the five final design concepts for the National WW1 Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, DC on the Stage II Finalists webpage. Stage II rolled out last week, as the finalists met with the WWICC Design Oversight Committee and our technical advisers to begin to refine the designs. The process will result in a final design submission to the full Commission in early 2016.





Commission Special Assistant GEN Barry McCaffrey is named 'Doughboy of the Year'. Read more.
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Sept 28, 2015


44 Days to Go. A Veteran's Day Tribute is Underway. No Ice Buckets Involved

The U.S. World War One Centennial Committee is joining the Veteran's Administration, Arlington National Cemetery, the American Battle Monuments Commission, and a host of public and private organizations to raise awareness for Veterans Day.

The Veterans Day national holiday takes place on November 11th and marks the date of the Armistice which ended the fighting in World War I.

Get on board by using the simple hashtag #CountdownToVeteransDay, and by linking your social media efforts.

"We feel that one day a year is not enough to talk about veterans" said Dan Dayton, Executive Director of the WWI Centennial Commission. "With the countdown, we want all Americans to help us raise awareness of the significance of the day and to find great ways to thank our Vets."



Upper Midwest Region Organizing Meeting


Last week the Pritzker Military Museum and Library (PMML) in Chicago hosted a meeting of representatives from the Upper Midwest Region--that’s Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky,Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, South Dakota, and Wisconsin--to talk about organizing in states for the Centennial Commemoration.

If you weren't able to make it, there's a recording of the Livestream broadcast in our video library, that you may find useful as you organize in your state or region.



7 States to Go

State organizations are stepping up to "do their bit." Here's where we are this week:

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One Day A Year Is Not Enough
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