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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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September 26, 2016



Countdown to Veterans Day 2016 has started
The World War 1 Centennial Commission has launched 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, and to offer people an opportunity to create a meaningful experience for their Veterans Day. It all started in 2015 with the simple term "Countdown To Veterans Day" and the hashtag #CountdownToVeteransDay, with the hashtag reaching an audience of some 36 million people. Click here to read about Countdown to Veterans Day 2016.
Doughboy MIA chronicles search for WW1 missing
A Doughboy's dog tag uncovered by a digger on a French battlefield started author Robert Laplander on a quest to find all the American solders still Missing in Action in World War One. Today the results of his labors and the contributions of many others are on display in the Doughboy MIA section of the World War On Centennial Commission web site. His motto for the project is "A Man Is Only Missing If He Is Forgotten", and Laplander is determined that none of the MIA will be forgotten. Read more about Doughboy MIA here.


Virginia vigil commemorates state's WW1 vets

The World War I Centennial Commission for the Commonwealth of Virginia hosted a statewide vigil to Commemorate the state’s World War I veterans on September 17. The purpose of the vigil was to bring attention to the Virginians who served in World War I, and it was held in several communities across the state including Front Royal, Harrisburg, Newport News, Petersburg, Byrd Park in Richmond, and in Winchester VA. Hundreds of people came out to see participate in the vigil. Click here to learn more about the statewide vigil.
Doughboy statue
Inspired by the WWI U.S. Army infantryman, this 12” cold cast bronze collector statue is a tribute to those who fought in The Great War.
Imagine a scene somewhere in France mid- 1918. The U.S. infantryman wears standard issue M1917 khaki drab tunic and breeches, is equipped with M1917 cartridge belt, M1910 canteen, haversack and pack carrier, and the U.S. Springfield M1903 30 .06 caliber rifle. A Colt .45 pistol serves as his sidearm and his helmet and gasmask may be British or U.S. made. All other equipment is U.S. issue, right down to the hobnails on his M1917 “Pershing” trench boots.
These finely sculpted limited edition statues are cast and finished one at a time - no two are truly alike. Extensive research and fine sculpting ensures that the over 200 hours of sculpting time, often spanning over two years, result in a statue that is historically and physically accurate as possible. Each limited edition statue is stamped with individual serial numbers and comes packaged in a high quality color presentation box. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item will help fund the national WWI Memorial to be built in Pershing Park in Washington, D.C., commemorating the valor and sacrifices of all U.S. WWI soldiers.
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September 19, 2016



Commission inks partnership agreement with DAR
A new operational agreement has been reached between the United States World War One Centennial Commission and the Daughters of the American Revolution for the commemoration of World War One. Both organizations will operationally support each other at various scheduled public events, and new education programs and public events will be created specifically to promote commemoration of the Centennial the war. Read more about the agreement here.

Now on web site: the Army Nurse Corps in WW1
A new section of the World War One Centennial Commission web site, curated by author Jo-Ann Power,Jo-Ann Power tells the story of the Army Nurse Corps in World War 1. Unlike the iconic Red Cross nurses of WW1, the important role of the Army Nurse Corps nurses in the Great War has become somewhat obscure. This effort to highlight the contributions of Army nurses to the war effort has been decades in the making. Read more about the new section here.

“NYC Doughboy Day" a big success in Big Apple
At historic Fort Jay in New York Harbor last weekend, a platoon of living history reenactors & historians brought World War I Doughboy Day to Governors Island National Monument. They hosted demonstrations & stories, and portrayed famous New York regiments, including the Harlem Hell Fighters. Check out the big event here, which produced by the World War One Centennial Committee for New York City.

"100 Cities / 100 Memorials" changes implemented
Earlier in September the "100 Cities / 100 Memorials" grant application deadline for $200,000 of matching grants to restore and/or preserve WWI memorials was extended from November 11, 2016 to June 15, 2017. The extension, implemented by popular request, is proving to be a huge boon to excited participants who now have enough time to identify, research, plan and prepare WWI memorial projects to submit for matching grants. Now the update to the competition manual, schedule and website to reflect the new submission date have been implemented. Read more about the updates and changes here.

"The WW1 generation deserve to be remembered"
Chris Garcia is an Iraq War Vet who now works as a Education Coordinator at the Virginia War Museum in Newport News, VA. He is also a leader in the World War I reenacting community, acting as the Sergeant Major to the Great War Association, which organizes the largest World War I reenactment events in the United States every year in Newville, PA. Chris answers four questions about his interest in WW1, including why the National World War One Memorial in Washington, DC matters so much..

Bumper StickerDeclare your support for our WWI Veterans. There are no living veterans from WWI. It is up to us to speak for them now.
On December 19, 2014, Congress passed legislation designating Pershing Park in the District of Columbia as a national World War One Memorial. The Act authorizes the World War One Centennial Commission to further honor the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War One by developing the Pershing Park Site. The World War One Centennial Commission will coordinate events and activities commemorating the U.S. Centennial of The Great War. It is the Commission’s goal to build the memorial.
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September 12, 2016



VFW appoints Anderson as new Commissioner
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. has appointed VFW Quartermaster General Debra Anderson as a commissioner to the United States World War One Centennial Commission. She will be officially sworn in as a member of the commission in a ceremony later this year. Read more about the new Commissioner here.
Legion Convention gets 100 Memorials message
Theresa Sims, the Commission's Director of Veterans and Military Partnerships, delivers a wrap-up on the 98th American Legion Convention, where the Commission's team in the convention exhibition hall spread the word about the 100 Cities / 100 Memorials program. Check out the report on what happened in Cincinnati here.


Tour guide to lead WW1 battlefield pilgrimage

Randy Gaulke’s preoccupation with the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the largest German-American battle of World War 1, led this American financial analyst into a second career guiding Americans to the key battlefields in France where the nation's forces fought in the Great War. He will a take sabbatical in 2017 to live in France as a tour guide for a major portion of the year, and has big plans for great events. Read more about how Randy went from interested amateur to professional guide, and why he supports construction of the National World War One Memorial in Washington, DC.


New Video: Restoring WWI Memorials
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Video ThumbnailChris Isleib, WW1CC Director of Public Affairs, spoke to Army Times Editor Tony Lombardo about the 100 Cities / 100 Memorials program as they stroll though Pershing Park in Washington DC - Future home of the National World War I Memorial, prompting an overview of that initiative as well. See the interview in our Video Library.

U.S. Army “Doughboy” Window Decal: $3.95
Window DecalLet everyone know you are on the WWI Centennial team - with this window decal featuring the iconic Doughboy silhouette flanked by barbed wire - an iconic logo for the WWI Centennial Commemoration - Display it proudly and tell the world there is a centennial coming.

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September 6, 2016



Commission Chair interviewed by HistoryNet
World War One Centennial Commission Chair Robert J. Dalessandro did a long interview with HistoryNet last week, touching on the broad range of Commission mission, plans, and activities, and the importance of building a national World War One memorial in Washington, DC. The interview also highlights the extensive educational efforts that the Commission is encouraging, as well as state and local commemoration efforts. Read the entire interview here.


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Dale Archer, the Project Manager for Development of the National World War One Memorial, talks about his role in overseeing the construction effort, the status of the memorial project, and how his career brought him to this position. Check out the whole interview here.


Quick guide to U.S. WW1 genealogy research

Researching the World War 1 military involvement of your ancestors in the United States presents unique challenges. Researcher Janice Brown on the New Hampshire Searchroots Blog provides an assortment of tips and advice for getting started in researching your forbear who served in uniform in the Great War. She is also continuing to publish her (so far, 22-part) "The Lost Faces of World War One" series on the New Hampshire History Blog of photographs of Americans killed in action in WW1. Thinking about researching your ancestor's service? Check out the Family Ties section of the WW1 Centennial Commission web site for more information on how to get going.

Get Ready For Fall With Our Black Full Zip Fleece Vest
vestInspired by the iconic image of a U.S. Doughboy, you can wear your American pride with this Made in the USA full zip fleece vest. The vest features: Black with white doughboy embroidery. 100% spun polyester, 12.5 Oz. Premium anti-piling fleece. It has a full zip front with two side seam pockets. Mens’ sizes available S – 2XL.


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August 29, 2016


New Jersey WW1 Centennial web site goes live

Congratulations New Jersey! The New Jersey World War I Centennial Committee’s website is now live at WW1CC.org/newjersey. At the new "New Jersey and The Great War" web site you will find Jersey CityNew Jersey WWI Stories, events, a very detailed map of ‪World War I monuments, memorials, and historic sites found throughout the state, and a great section of facts about NJ and WWI.
The NJ development team will be joining us for the Sync-Call this coming Wednesday to tell you more about their state program. We invite you to register for the Weekly Sync-Call. New Jersey joins a growing number of state sites hosted by the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission. To see the other states’ sites, mouse over the “Participate” drop-down menu at the top of any page.



Commission talks WW1 at American Legion confab



Staff members from the World War 1 Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, and volunteers from Ohio and elsewhere continue to man the Commission booth at the 2016 American Legion National convention in Cincinnati, OH, that continues through August 31. The team is talking about the 100 Cities / 100 Memorials project, which has been officially endorsed by the American Legion. If you are in the exhibit hall, please come by and say hello, pick up a poster, some poppy seed packs and learn all about the program.


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100 Cities / 100 Memorials grant submission deadline extended to July 15, 2017

The $200,000 matching grant giveaway program is being received with huge excitement everywhere. Veterans Service Organizations, civic groups and many others have contacted us with great enthusiasm for participating in the program.
100 Cities / 100 Memorials iconAlong with the interest has come a very consistent concern about the short time available for participants to identify, plan, organize and submit projects for matching grant consideration.
The consistent request for more time to ID and prep project submissions makes tremendous sense to the program sponsors. In response we are happy to announce that we are extending the submission deadline from November 11, 2016, all the way to June 15, 2017 (midnight EDT).
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Mobile WW1 Museum serving seniors, students

When Keith Colley visited the National World War 1 Museum in Kansas City, he had an inspiration: Why not build a “mobile museum” to take the history of the Great War to senior citizens across America, members of the last generation who might have had a direct ancestor in the war? Action followed inspiration, and today the traveling museum is taking the story of America and World War 1 to senior retirement communities and assisted living facilities nationwide. However, the audience for the museum has grown to include colleges and schools as well. Read more about this inspired effort to tell the American WW1 story.

Yockelson to talk Pershing at National Book Fest

Dr. Mitchell Yockelson, a member of the World War 1 Centennial Commission's Historical Advisory Board, will be featured at the 16th Anniversary National Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Washington Convention Center. Yockelson will lecture on General Pershing as the commander of the American Expeditionary Forces. Referencing his recent book on the AEF, he will discuss how, through excellent leadership, the Americans accomplished what the French and British failed to do over the preceding four years: defeat the German Army.

“Remember Your First Thrill of American Liberty.

Liberty PosterWe invite you to order this vintage replica WWI 14” X 24” poster inspired by the World War One rallying cry to “Buy U.S. Government Bonds.” A patriotic and distinctive way to accessorize your wall space, this commemorative poster is offered exclusively through the World War One Centennial Commission. This and many other commemorative items are available in the Official Merchandise Shop




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