December 5, 2016
New York commission signed into law
The New York State World War One 100th anniversary commemoration commission has officially been signed into existence by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
"There is no more fitting way to honor and remember these heroes than teaching the present generations about their actions," said State Senator Jack M. Martins, who introduced the measure into the state legislature along with Assembly Member Michael DenDekker. Some 400,475 New Yorkers served in the U.S. military during World War One, the largest number from any state in the U.S. Check out the New York commission and its plans here.
Former JCS Chairman Mullen is Special Advisor
Admiral Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.) has signed on to become a Special Advisor to the United States World War One Centennial Commission. As the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he acted as the principal military advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the Homeland Security Council, the National Security Council, and the President of the United States. Admiral Mullen also served as the 32nd Vice Chief of Naval Operations and as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations during his time with the US Navy. Read more about the Commission's newest Special Advisor here.
"Trench Commander" chronicles WW1 service
Rich Bachus is a writer, publisher, and teacher whose inheritance of a family collection of artifacts dating to World War One inspired an interest in the Great War that led him to author a book about his grandfather's service. Now Rich has become a Publishing Partner on the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission web site, where his Trench Commander blog chronicles "the Bachus family military adventures and how they influenced me and my last-of-the-baby-boomers generation." Click here to learn about the origins of this project, and what Rich has learned about the history of his own family and the nation.
Exciting news: VFW joins the 100C/100M program as an official supporting organization
The Veterans of Foreign War national organization has agreed to officially support the 100M / 100C program as a supporting organization. Welcome aboard! and thank you.
Read the story on the 100C/100M blog.
Episode #2: ‘The War to End All Wars: U.S. National World War I Centennial Symposium, 1916-2016
Episode 2, Professor Jennifer Siegel provides an amazing perspective on WWI that most people may never have thought much about: Financing the First World War. See her fascinating 50 minute presentation on the website where we will be publishing the six-episode series from the symposium. Her presentation is preceded by a poetry reading of Mary Borden's "The Song Of Mud".
Professor Peter Mansoor will be joining us on this week's Sync-Call to discuss the symposium and video series.
Very Special Holiday Gift $65.00
For the right person - this period Messenger Pouch will be a real conversation starter.
Function and style are combined in this lightweight and compact USA dark khaki Messenger Pouch. Plenty of room for keys, wallet, tablet and documents. Outside flap features distressed “U.S.” imprint and an exclusive fabric garment label commemorates the U.S. Centennial of World War One.
Constructed of touch dyed canvas, with adjustable leather tab closure & collar button stud. Nylon adjustable strap. Two internal pockets. Dimensions: 15.5” W x 10.5” H x 2.5” D. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item will help fund the national WW1 Memorial in Washington, D.C.
This and many other commemorative items are available in the Official Merchandise Shop