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Dispatch Newletter

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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October 31, 2016


Memorial Hunters Club seeks lost WW1 tributes

The Memorial Hunters Club launches this week from the 100 Cities / 100 Memorials program and is intended to crowd-source a complete register of US WW1 memorials. The initiative invites veterans groups, schools, scouts, 4H members, DAR chapters, civic organizations and interested individuals to locate, document, research and register local memorials not currently in the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission’s database. Intended to be a fun as well as highly-educational activity, the The Memorial Hunters Club combines the adventure of Pokemon Go® and civic pride. Check out the Memorial Hunters Club here.



#COUNTDOWNTOVETERANSDAY progress update

The #CountdownToVeteransDay 2016 campaign marches on! Your teamwork has made this effort a remarkable achievement! On Facebook, we have been able to gather 1,540 #CountdownToVeteransDay postings, bringing us some 1,510,445 Audience Impressions.On Twitter, our collective efforts have yielded some 1,955 Posts by 404 Partner Users, earning a total Audience of 3,864,255 Impressions. Combined -- the campaign has, to date, generated an total audience of about 5,374,700 people! We thank you for helping us to make people more aware of our veterans, and our military members! For more information, and for opportunities to honor America's Veterans, go to the Countdown to Veterans Day page.



"We have an obligation to honor their service"
Noted Landscape Architect Phoebe Lickwar is a member of the design team for the new National World War One Memorial in Washington, DC. She will be handling landscape design elements of the site. Lickwar brings to the design team great experience from working on large, complex public projects such as the National September 11 Memorial in New York. In this interview, she talks about what she learned working on other projects, the special challenges of building public memorials, and why the World War One Memorial is so important.

"1916 | Total War" this week at the WW1 Museum
The National World War One Museum and Memorial in Kansas City hosts their 2016 World War One symposium on November 4th and 5th. The symposium explores the pivotal year of 1916, where global socio-political tensions created by World War One continued escalation and irrevocably changed the economic, military, and cultural landscape of the world. Read more about the Symposium here.

NYC Veterans Day parade has WW1 links
Ryan Hegg is the Director of the 2016 New York City Veterans Day Parade, the annual event that follows the same route as many of the original homecoming parades for units returning home from World War One. A number of the units participating in the Parade have roots that reach back to World War One units, including the 369th Sustainment Brigade (formerly the 369th Infantry - the famed Harlem Hellfighters) and the 77th Division. Get more info on the NYC Veterans Day Parade here.

“In 1917, it was proven angels do exist.” Metal Sign $14.95

Looking back at images of The Great War and recognizing the sacrifices made by a generation one century ago, inspired the designs of our metal signs collection. We hope you appreciate the combination of history and humor in each design.

This 8” x 12” embossed sign depicts historical images of Red Cross nurses, who truly were angels to those they cared for, during World War One.


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October 24, 2016


Countdown to Veterans Day 2016: 18 days away
The Countdown to Veterans Day 2016 campaign by the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission continues marching toward November 11. Last week saw significant numbers posted as individuals as well as public and private organizations carried the message to make Veterans Day a day ON, not a day off. The potential audience for the hashtag #COUNTDOWNTOVETERANSDAY has passed 3 million impressions on Twitter, and the campaign on Facebook is soaring as well. Thanks for the help, and keep up the great effort! Click here to read more about Countdown to Veterans Day 2016.

First look!
The Commission has just completed a wonderful fundraising video for the Memorial with several versions that will be rolled out publicly with some fanfare in the next few weeks. It is narrated by actor/producer Gary Sinise, who provided his services pro bono. Take a first look at the three-minute version at ww1cc.org/memorial. We will also be publishing a full seven-minute version later this week and your editors got access to give you a sneak peek--click here to take a look. See if you can spot Gary's Sinise’s grandfather who served on the front lines in France…he looks just like the actor!

Howard seeks "sense of excitement" in Memorial
Sabin Howard is the sculptor half of the partnership that is developing the design for the National World War One Memorial to be built in Washington, D.C. As the as the review and approval process continues toward the final Memorial design, Howard talks about his current work on the project, the artistic approach he is taking, and why is it important to create this memorial, and to remember the veterans of WW1. Read the entire interview here.

"To these brave heroes we are truly indebted"
Rear Admiral Kibben, CHC, USN, Chief of Navy Chaplains, delivered the Sermon at the Centennial Memorial Service for Norman Prince and the Lafayette Escadrille on Friday, October 14, 2016, at the Washington National Cathedral. She used the occasion elegantly to "commemorate the lives of our American heroes, the men and women who offered themselves for the sake of America’s survival" from World War One to the present day. Click here to read the full text of the inspiring sermon.

"It's important to remember all who served"
Quartermaster General Debra Anderson Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) was recently appointed as a Commissioner of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission. In a recent interview on the occasion of her swearing-in, Anderson talked about her military service, how she got involved in the VFW, and why is it important for Americans to remember World War One, and those who served in the armed forces during that conflict a century ago. Check out the interview here.

100 Cities / 100 Memorials News.
  • Great webinar on 10/19: "Competition Briefing for Veterans Organizations and others"
  • Stand by... The video of the webinar will publish at ww1cc.org/100Memorials Tuesday.
  • Coming up this week: The launch of the Memorial Hunters Club.
  • Sign up for the 100C/100M BLOG to get automatically notified about program happenings.


Commemorative Black Full Zip Fleece Vest $39.95
The vest features: Black with white doughboy embroidery. 100% spun polyester, 12.5 Oz. Premium anti-piling fleece. Vest has full zip front with two side seam pockets. Mens’ sizes available S – 2XL.

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October 17, 2016


PAFA to explore U.S. artists' relationship with WW1

Robert Cozzolino is Exhibition Curator for the upcoming Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts' major exhibit on World War One, entitled "World War I and American Art". In a wide-ranging interview, he asserts that the exhibition is the first to examine the rich and varied relationship American artists had with the war, with works in a broad range of materials to the war from beginning to end and in the years immediately afterward, and even contemporary works. Read about the landmark exhibition here.



Remember the 100 Cities / 100 Memorials Webinar: “Competition Briefing for Veterans Organizations" taking place this week

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This interactive online event is especially focused at Veterans Service Organizations who want to participate in the 100 Cities - 100 Memorials matching grant challenge. However, the information is pertinent to anyone interested in participating in the program. REGISTER HERE.



Commissioner Seefried emcees WW1 symposium
Dr. Monique Seefried, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission’s Lead Commissioner for International Partnerships, helped organize and will act as the Host/Emcee for the World War One symposium entitled “1916: Sex, Planes, and Disasters” at the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, VA next weekend. Check out the wide array of speakers and topics at this event exploring a key year in the Great War.

Service commemorates death of Norman Prince
A memorial service to commemorate the centennial of the combat death of World War One aviation hero Norman Prince, and to honor the flier and the Lafayette Escadrille that he helped to create, was held on Friday, October 14th, at the Washington National Cathedral. Members of the Prince family, and representatives of the U.S. and French air forces, and the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, gathered to salute the man whose is entombed at the Cathedral. Click here to read more about the service. For an in-depth story on Prince and his deeds, check out this article on the pioneering military aviator.

#COUNTDOWNTOVETERANSDAY status update
The Countdown To Veterans Day 2016 campaign continues, with still more outstanding reach on all the social media platforms. Have you sounded off about Countdown To Veterans Day 2016 on social media? Help spread the word with the hashtag #COUNTDOWNTO VETERANSDAY, and let us know on Facebook and Twitter that you support our Veterans. Click here to find out more about Countdown To Veterans Day 2016, and what you can do to make Veterans Day a DAY ON.


Navy ¼ Zipper Fleece Sweatshirt: $46.00
SweatshirtThe commemorative sweatshirt features: Navy with white doughboy embroidery. 80% cotton/20% polyester, 9.5 Oz. High quality heavy weight pre-shrunk fabric. Sweatshirt has ¼ zip pullover with cadet collar and silver metal zipper. Ribbed cuffs and waistband with spandex. Cover-seamed arm holes. Mens’ sizes available S – 2XL(Small and XL are currently sold out).

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October 11, 2016


Countdown to Veterans Day 2016: 30 days out
The World War One Centennial Commission continues its 2016 Countdown to Veterans Day campaign, partnering with a wide range of public and private organizations to make Veterans Day a day ON, not a day off. A potential audience of over a million have received the word on Facebook, and the hashtag #COUNTDOWNTOVETERANSDAY has already reached a potential audience of almost 2 million on Twitter. Click here to read more about Countdown to Veterans Day 2016.

Weishaar talk Memorial at Crystal Bridges Museum
Joe Weishaar, concept designer of the National World War I Memorial at Pershing Park, was a guest speaker at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s Spotlight Talk series last week in his home state of Arkansas. While there, Joe was was also able to connect with his former elementary school teacher, Vanessa Seward, and visit her classroom to talk to her students. Read more about the trip, and how Ms.Seward is supporting the new World War I Memorial and her former star pupil.

"War to End All Wars" at Ohio State this month
The Ohio State University Department of History, in partnership with the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, will host a symposium marking the 100th anniversary of the war. The War to End All Wars: U.S. National World War One Centennial Symposium, 1916-2016” will be presented on the Ohio State campus on Thursday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Oct. 28. “It’s important on this 100th anniversary to recall the horrors of the war and to revisit how World War One reshaped the world as we know it,” explained Peter Mansoor, the General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History at OSU. Read more about the conference here.

Commemoration message delivered to AUSA
With over 26,000 participants attending the 2016 Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army, Commission staff and volunteers staff were able to talk with thousands of people who stopped by to learn about our efforts to honor and memorialize the 4.7 million veterans who served and the 116,516 Soldiers who gave their lives for our great nation in World War One. Check out the event and see some of the outstanding visitors to the Commission's booth.

100 Cities / 100 Memorials Webinar: “Competition Briefing for Veterans Organizations”

100 C / 100 M logoDATE AND TIME: Wed, Oct 19, 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

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U.S. Victory lapel pin - $4.95Victory Pin
Proudly 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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October 3, 2016


Commission inks partnership with Belgium
The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission signed a partnership of mutual support last week with the Federal Government of Belgium regarding the commemoration of the Centennial of World War One. The agreement calls for sharing of experience, knowledge, and technical means, as the U.S. and Belgium prepare for the commemoration of the centennial of American intervention in World War One. Read more about the signing here.

Commission meets at Dawn Patrol in Dayton
On September 30, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission held its quarterly meeting at the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, coinciding with the Dawn Patrol Rendezvous Air Show, a showcase of World War One-era military aircraft, replicas, and reenactors, along with the Annual Conference of the League of WWI Aviation Historians. Read more about the meeting here. Aircraft participating at the event included the World War One-era Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” biplane flown by the Friends of Jenny. The group is seeking to reconstruct the WW1 DH4 Liberty Plane.

Show booth carries the WW1 Centennial message
A growing team of Commission staff and volunteers is taking the World War One Centennial message to trade shows and other events across the nation to spread the word about the Centennial of World War One. The purpose of display booth outreach is to create awareness about the World War One Centennial Commission’s efforts to honor and memorialize the 4.7 million who served and the 116,516 who gave their for the nation during the war. Theresa Sims, Director of Strategic Relations for the World War One Centennial Commission, talks about the effort so far, and the connections being made via the booth at many events.

Advisors get National WW1 Memorial update
Joe Weishaar, the designer and architect-in-training who created the landscape design-concept for the National World War One Memorial at Pershing Park, gave an update brief to several of the Special Advisors and Diplomatic Advisors to the World War One Centennial Commission on Monday, September 26. Notable attendees at the event were Senator John W. Warner, member of the Board of Special Advisors to the Commission; and Senator Carol Moseley Braun, and Ambassador Louise V. Oliver, members of the Diplomatic Advisory Board to the Commission.

#COUNTDOWNTOVETERANSDAY progress update
The first week of the Countdown To Veterans Day 2016 effort was a success, with good numbers on all the social media platforms. Have you sounded off about Countdown To Veterans Day 2016 on social media? Help spread the word withe the hashtag #COUNTDOWNTO VETERANSDAY, and let us know on Facebook and Twitter that you support our Veterans. Click here to find out more about Countdown To Veterans Day 2016, and what you can do to make Veterans Day a DAY ON.
Metal Sign“They flew on a wing and a prayer, because they flew without parachutes." Metal Sign $14.95
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