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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.

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December 5, 2016

New York commission signed into law

Platsburg posterThe 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

Mike MullenAdmiral 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

VFW logoThe 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

Lady Liberty CallingEpisode 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.



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Messenger pouchFor 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.
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November 28, 2016


The Great War clouded Thanksgiving Day 1916

While the United States was still not a combatant in World War One in 1916, the specter of the terrible war hung over the Thanksgiving dinner tables of the nation. From the White House to the West Coast, Americans were concerned about food and how the ongoing conflict might affect its supply. Read how President Woodrow Wilson's Thanksgiving Day message focused on alleviating the starvation stalking Europe as the war raged on. After America entered the war the next year, Thanksgiving was an important reminder of home for the troops deployed to Europe. the Alabama Department of Archives and History’s collection give us a glimpse of what Alabama soldiers serving in World War One experienced at Thanksgiving nearly a century ago.


New York City refreshes WW1 monuments
In the run-up to Veterans Day 2016, the small team of monuments artisans at NYC Parks, were performing annual care at more than a dozen sites around the Big Apple related to World War One. Working in all five boroughs, the technicians got the memorials ready for the annual observance. Read about their work, and see many of memorials here.

six 1-hour educational video series
launching on commission web site

Video still frameThe War to End All Wars: U.S. National World War I Centennial Symposium, 1916-2016’ was held at Ohio State University October 27 & 28, 2016
The World War One Centennial Commission will be bringing you the six key presentations from this landmark event over the coming weeks. Each episode offers a unique and fascinating view about WW1 brought to you by the world's experts on the subjects.
This week:
The Military History of World War I, 1914-1918
by Professor Peter Mansoor
Check it our on the WW1CC website.
Ogden, Utah Doughboy Memorial Project
Ogden Doughboy MemorialTerry Schow from the American Legion has put together an Ogden, Utah matching grant application that was officially submitted last week - We congratulate him and his associates and would like to share their project with the rest of the 100 Cities / 100 Memorials participant community.
Every one of these projects is amazing in it's own right.
This one distinguishing itself by the impressive coalition of organizations that have pulled together for the project.
Read all about it on the 100 Cities / 100 Memorials blog.


“Nothing Stops These Men” – Custom Key Tag
Ideal Holiday gift at a great price: $9.95

Key tagsThis is a really great key tag that looks fantastic and feels substantial.
It features the dramatic image of a bayonet advance on the enemy, with the United States flag in the upper corner.
Order several as holiday gifts you can be proud of giving while you are giving back to the centennial commemoration. This beautiful key tag is offered exclusively through the World War One Centennial Commission.

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Even before America entered WW1, saving food was on the nation's mind in 1916.
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November 21, 2016


Panetta: Remember those who sacrificed so much

In a guest editorial published by the Military Times organization, Leon Panetta, who served as the 23rd defense secretary as part of a half-century in public service, issued a ringing endorsement for the National World War One Memorial to be built at Pershing Park in Washington, DC. A former Army officer, he founded the Panetta Institute for Public Policy in 1997 and is a Special Advisor to the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission. For both personal (his father fought in World War One) and public ("this country is great because there are those men and women who are willing to put their lives at risk") reasons, Secretary Panetta says that the Memorial is "important enough for us to do everything possible" to make it a reality. Read the strong message from Secretary Panetta here.


Trailer for The Great War series
The new PBS American Experience documentary series on World War One, entitled THE GREAT WAR, is set to air in April of 2017, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of America's entry into the war. The show will be a six-hour series, airing over three nights. Mark Samuels, the executive producer of PBS American Experience, has shared the trailer for the series, and talked about the origin of the program, what went into the research and production for the project, and why PBS and The American Experience thought that this project was so important. Check out the full interview with Samuels here.

Pershing portrayal provides valuable lessons
David Wayne Shuey is a historian, teacher, and living history reenactor from Pennsylvania. For the past two years, he has devoted himself to the study of World War One, and specifically to the development of his portrayal of General John Pershing. He has been an active partner of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, and has represented General Pershing in three parades, six national conventions, and a host of other events, including the recent 2016 New York City Veterans Day Parade. Shuey talks about how he got interested in Pershing, the evolution of his portrayal, and why remembering Pershing and the other Doughboys matters. Read the interview here.

Veterans Day ceremony at DC War Memorial
Interns from the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission and members of the the Delta Phi Kappa service fraternity at George Mason University in Virginia teamed up on Veterans Day for a ceremony at the Washington, DC War Memorial, a site on the National Mall that was created in 1931 to honor the 499 residents of the District who gave their lives in World War One. Michael Siembida, a 2016 fall semester intern working at the Commission, produced the commemoration ceremony. In an interview, he talks a little about the ceremony, how he teamed with the service fraternity to make the day a success, and why remembering those who served in World War One is important to Millennials a hundred years later. Read the full interview here.

Memorial Hunters Club - HUNTER HINTS: Schools, Universities, & Stadiums
Take a lesson from Hunter Lori of Kansas. She submitted FIVE memorials all found at schools or stadiums.
Read about her finds in the latest blog at 100 Cities / 100 Memorials.


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November 14, 2016


New video to educate & motivate about Memorial

The United States World One Centennial Commission has partnered with Loma Media in San Diego to create a video outreach campaign designed to educate and motivate the American public to support and fund the creation of a Memorial dedicated to “The Doughboys” who successfully fought to end a devastating war that cost many millions of lives. Read more about the They Deserve Their Own Memorial video series, and learn how you can assist in distributing the video. Writer-Director-Producer John DeBello talks about the making of the video, and why rallying Americans to support the new National World War One Memorial is so important.

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Teamwork key to #countdowntoveteransday 2016

Tremendous teamwork is credited for the great success of the 2016 version of the #countdontoveteransday campaign. With a lot of help from our friends, the World One Centennial Commission spread the message to make Veterans Day a Day ON to honor all of America's veterans. Read more about the campaign wrap-up here.

Sabin Howard interviewed by NBC TV in DC
Sabin Howard's work on the sculptural elements of the the National World War One Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, DC, continues to get great media coverage. For Veterans Day, the NBC affiliate in Washington, DC interviewed Howard at the World War One Centennial Commission offices. Laying out recent versions of his conceptual artwork, Howard talked about the visual challenge he is facing: “How are you going to tell the story of World War One in a way that people are going to get viscerally excited and go home and want to know more about it?” See how the sculptor answered his own question and watch the video report here.

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Commemorative Coin - Nickel Silver $9.75
Commemorative coinThis exclusive coin continues the rich heritage of challenge coins found throughout the storied past of the U.S. military - stories that date back to The Great War and beyond. The act of presenting coins for valor can be traced to the early days in Ancient Rome.
The obverse side of this custom die struck coin proudly displays the WW1 – 100 Years design with the silhouette of the U.S. Doughboy flanked by barbed wire that was prevalent during trench warfare. The reverse side serves to honor each soldier with the insignia worn on uniforms upon their return from The Great War. Each 1-3/4” die struck nickel-silver finish coin has a hand - decorated enamel color inlay to enhance the commemorative design.

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Architect Joe Weishaar, designer of the future National
World War One Memorial
in Washington, DC
, adjusts some of the
499 U.S. flags in honor of the 499 fallen Washington-area
WW1 veterans who died in that conflict, at the
D.C. War Memorial
on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016.

(Photo by CBS News)
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November 7, 2016


Veterans Day 2016 is Friday, November 11

The World War One Centennial Commission's 2016 #COUNTDOWNTOVETERANSDAY campaign ends on Friday, November 11 with the annual observance of Veterans Day. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of individuals as well as public and private organizations, our campaign to make Veterans Day a day ON, not a day off has reached an enormous audience. On Facebook, there have been some 1,540 postings from our partners and friends, creating 4,535,300 Audience Impressions. On Twitter, our collective efforts have yielded some 2,266 Posts by 450 Partner Users, earning a total Audience of 4,898,500 Impressions. Combined -- the #COUNTDOWNTOVETERANSDAY campaign has, to date, generated an total audience of about 9,433,800 people! We thank you for helping us to make people more aware of our veterans, and our military members! Keep up the good work this week in the home stretch! Click here to read more about the Countdown to Veterans Day campaign, and how you can help.



The "monumental task" of a visual WW1 narrative
Sculptor Sabin Howard's ongoing development of the sculptural elements of the the National World War One Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, DC, is attracting continuing media coverage. This week the national Epoch Times newspaper published a lengthy article on Howard's efforts to "conceptualize a horrific slice of history and then translate it into sculptural form" in his New York studio. Check out the Epoch Times article here.

"They volunteered to put their lives on the line"
Rear Admiral James Carey, USN (Ret.) has had a long career of public service, and is now in the process of working on memorial preservation projects. In an interview for the Commission web site, Carey talked to us about the importance of remembering the past, the meaning of local WW1 memorials in communities around the country, and what he is doing to "ensure the memories of these brave men do not fade into history." Check out the entire interview here.

"We will always need the Doughboys."
Writer, publisher, and World War One tour impresario Mike Hanlon has spent 25 years leading tours of Americans to the Great War battlefields in France. In an interview, Hanlon talks about what World War One has meant to him, and what he has discovered while tracing to footsteps of the Doughboys in France. Read how his interest in WW1 led to websites, a daily blog, a monthly newsletter, and a subscription magazine, and see his plans for the ultimate (and his final) WW1 battlefield tour in 2018.

Memorial Hunter Club delivers in its first week
Hunter clubHeretofore unregistered memorials were submitted, hiding in plain site in major metros like LA and standing proud in small-town all over America.
Read about it in the latest blog post on the 100C /100M site.
Check out the Memorial Hunters Club as a great Veterans Day activity. #countdowntoveteransday!

U.S. Victory lapel pin - Perfect for Veterans Day
Lapel PinProudly wearing the World War 1 U.S. Victory lapel pin is a meaningful way to honor the contributions made for our country one hundred years ago. Soldiers received Victory buttons upon their discharge from service in “the Great War”.
Hand cast in jeweler’s alloy and hand finished in a satin bronze patina, the design features the star, symbolizing victory, honor and glory; a wreath of evergreen laurel leaves symbolizing triumph over death; and the U.S. insignia, clearly identifying the country served.
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