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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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January 11, 2016

State of Georgia WWI Centennial On Line
Atlanta, GA - Georgia played a significant role during America's participation in World War I (1917-18).

The state was home to more training camps than any other state and, by the war's end, it had contributed more than 100,000 men and women to the war effort.

Governor Nathan Deal signed the law that created their Georgia WWI centennial commission last summer, and now they have stood up their commission’s website, hosted on www.WorldWar1Centennial.org/Georgia

Because it is hosted on the National Site, the postings of their web site will be archived as a part of national record of the centennial as gathered by U.S. Government Printing Office on a regular basis.


Must See TV

Washington, DC - The Commission's video library is a good resource to check recent video pieces relevant to the Commemoration. There are three new videos published in the Commission video library this week:

1. C-SPAN | American History TV - Edwin Fountain interview on the 5 finalist designs (a really good walk through the competition and the five finalists)

2. Library of Congress Veteran's History Project - Actor Gary Sinise takes a tour and learns about the Veteran’s History Project (great for those interested in access or participation)

3. The Lusitania disaster: A "maritime grassy knoll” - Courtesy of CBS News - A January 3 story about the mysteries surrounding this tragic event with Martha Teichner.

See them all here.


Perfect Duo: WWI Centennial Commemorative Coin and Acrylic Coin Stand
Commemorative coinThe exclusive commemoration coin continues the rich heritage of challenge coins found throughout military history. In fact, the act of presenting coins for valor can be traced all the way to the early days in Ancient Rome.
Here, each 1-3/4” die struck nickel-silver finish coin has a hand - decorated enamel color inlay to enhance the commemorative design.Acrylic Stand
To proudly display this commemorative coin, we also offer a matching acrylic coin Stand.
Pick up both at the US Centennial Official Merchandise shop where you can explore over 20 other commemorative purchase options.


 


Congratulations to the Georgia team on their new Centennial Web Site.
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January 18, 2016


Before "I Had A Dream" There Was The African-American Soldier in WW1"

Washington, DC - As we commemorate the life and remember the teaching of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, we note that the entire African-American experience in World War I will receive special attention during the Commemoration. For example, the Commission has endorsed a project called TimeMap. TimeMap is a crowd-sourced app for African-American WWI Cultural sites which will integrate immersive Virtual (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) with crowdsourcing functions that engage the public in creating cultural memory narratives of physical sites. The initial focus of the prototype will be on two cultural memorials of the African American experience in WWI, and a full release of 24 sites during the U.S. WWI Centennial. This platform will: give global users easy virtual access to sites via 360 degree still and video immersive experiences – in 2D using mobile devices, or 3D with a binocular headset (Google Cardboard, etc.); provide historical tourists with navigation to physical sites augmented with images, film, audio and documents; and enable users to upload personal stories – images, video, captions, oral histories, letters, etc. – and post to a cultural memory "Wall" at each site. Watch for it!
French Bestow Award on Commissioner
Washington, DC - Commissioner Monique Seefried, (here with Commission Chair Rob Dalessandro) was decorated as a Chevalier of France's Legion d'Honneur by France's Ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, at the embassy residence on January 13th. The award, bestowed by the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, upon recommendation of the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, was awarded to her for her long career in education and her work on commemorating the sacrifices of American soldiers in France during World War I.

The Legion d'Honneur is France's highest order of distinction.

Commissioner Seefried, a U.S. citizen born in Tunisia, has served with the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission since 2014, and beyond her work with education and state programs, she is the lead for international partnerships. She was responsible for the recently signed bi-lateral agreement between the United States Commission and the French Mission du Centenaire.


A New Look for 2016!

Washington, DC - Have a look at the new navigation features on our website. Same robust content in a brand new package. See it here!


Bad Chow - Good humor
Metal SignHere is another in the Metal Sign series. This 8” x 12” embossed sign depicts historical images of the cooks and soldiers, not always in agreement, during World War One. See the whole series in the Official Merchandise Shop

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January 25, 2016


Blizzard!
Washington, DC - We had hoped to be able to report on the design concept selection for the National World War I Memorial at Pershing Park today, but it is January, and as most of you know, DC got hammered by a storm. This is causing a continuation of the Commission meeting on Tuesday 1/26.
We will put out a special edition of The Dispatch on Tuesday with the Commission's decision and selection. Meanwhile, you can review the final five design concepts here.


New! One Hundred Years Ago This Week

Washington, DC and Berlin, GE - We have partnered with the Great War Channel to provide you with a weekly "One Hundred Years Ago This week" Feature. You'll find it on the education panel on the home page. Click the “One Hundred Years Ago This Week” button.

Or click here to visit their YouTube channel.



State Activity in MA, WV and PA - We Stand Corrected

Washington, DC - Activity this week in both Massachusetts and West Virginia. And we got a call this week from a PA volunteer who noted that the status of PA is wrong and that Pennsylvania does indeed have a working committee - including a PA WWI Centennial website hosted on our national site. If you are working to establish or grow a commemorative group in your state or city, check out the resources the Commission will provide in our toolkit!


Correction

Correction: In last week’s DISPATCH we reported that Ms. Phylicia Rashad agreed to support the 369th Division Commemoration. We are advised that she agreed to support only the specific “369th Experience” project. We regret the error.


They Deserve Their Own Memorial
Bumper StickerIn the spirit of the upcoming major announcement on the selection of a design team and concept for the US WWI Memorial at Pershing Park, we are proud to offer a bumper sticker that says it like it is!
Whether you donate to the project or just get a bumper sticker to support the memorial, you will be helping. Find this and other great commemorative items in the Official Merchandise Shop.


 

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January 26, 2016

U.S. WORLD WAR I CENTENNIAL COMMISSION SELECTS "THE WEIGHT OF SACRIFICE" FOR WASHINGTON DC MEMORIAL

LEAD DESIGNER IS A 25 YEAR-OLD ARCHITECT-IN-TRAINING

WASHINGTON, DC: The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission today selected 'THE WEIGHT OF SACRIFICE" as the design concept for the new national World War I Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington.


"THE WEIGHT OF SACRIFICE" was selected from a group of five Finalists, and culminates an open, international design competition that has run since May, 2015. The Commission's decision endorses the recommendation of the design competition's independent jury.

“We were thrilled by the quality and creativity by all the submissions in this competition,” stated Commissioner Edwin Fountain, who directed the competition. “This selected design concept reflects a high level of professional achievement”.

Imagery of "THE WEIGHT OF SACRIFICE", and of the other four Finalists, can be found here www.ww1cc.org/selection

The design concept was submitted by Joseph Weishaar, an architect-in-training currently located in Chicago, IL, and collaborating artist, veteran sculptor Sabin Howard of New York, NY. Mr. Weishaar received his professional architecture degree from the University of Arkansas in 2013.

Mr. Weishar's full professional team, necessary to implement the design concept, includes the Baltimore architectural firm GWWO, Inc;, landscape architect Phoebe Lickwar; and engineering consultants Henry Adams LLC, Keast & Hood and VBH.

Regarding the World War I Memorial, Commission Chair Robert Dalessandro stated “Those five million Americans who served in uniform during World War I literally changed the world. This new landmark in our nation's capital will be a worthy expression of their great legacy”.

The location for the new World War I Memorial is Pershing Park, in downtown Washington, DC, bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th and 15th Streets NW. The park is located one block from the White House, adjacent to the Willard Hotel and the District of Columbia’s Wilson Building.

This site was designated by Congress in 2014. The Centennial Commission is a Congressional Commission set up in 2013 to ensure a suitable observation in the United States of the centennial of World War I.

 

"THE WEIGHT OF SACRIFICE" will continue to develop as a design, with help from the Centennial Commission, the National Park Service, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, the National Capital Planning Commission, the Washington, D.C. Office of Historic Preservation, the General Services Administration, and other stakeholders. Ultimately, the design will need to meet a number of criteria related to site considerations, environmental impact, historical preservation, sustainability, and cost.

The Centennial Commission's goal for creating the memorial is to begin construction by November 2017, and dedicate the completed memorial in November 2018. Estimated cost is $30-35 million, which will come entirely from private donation.

To help build this Memorial to the memory of those who served, please donate now.

To learn more about the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, its education programs, and its commemorative events, go to www.ww1cc.org

 
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Joseph Weishaar, an architect-in-training currently located in Chicago, IL
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Feb. 1, 2015

Three Ways You Can Help

Pershing Park, DC - The big news this week was the selection of a concept and design team for the National World War I Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington. You can explore the selected concept on our website. There's a PBS News Hour video , as well as a video of the announcement press conference.

Costs for the Memorial are estimated at $35 Million. Like the old challenge story: "How do you eat an elephant?". The answer is one bite at a time. How do you raise $35 Million? The answer is $11.11 at a time.

Why that particular amount? Because it derives from the date of the Armistice that ended combat in WWI - The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. So you can:

1. PLEASE DONATE
Click here, or there's a 'donate' button on the left side of all pages on Worldwar1Centennial.org. Your donation is DOUBLED by the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago, our founding sponsor.

2. GET INVOLVED
There are now commemorative organizations in every state. Find out how states are organizing by clicking here.

3. ENCOURAGE OTHERS
Tell your friends why the Great War was important. There's a handy place to learn more about that here.



Preview our upcoming "They Deserve Their Own Memorial"
Fundraising Campaign

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New U.S. Marine Corps section on WWI web site

The Marine Corps slogan "First to Fight" first appeared on Marine recruiting posters during World War I, and ever after has served to acknowledge the fact that Marines have been in the forefront of every war America has fought since the founding of the Corps. In that spirit, the new USMC section of the official WWI Centennial Commission web site is the first service-specific section of the web site to become operational. Created and operated by USMC volunteers, the site will provide a broad and deep look at the Marines in WWI, and how that conflict was in many ways the making of the modern Marine Corps.

Now hear this! March over there and take a look!


Navy ¼ Zipper Fleece Sweatshirt

MerchandiseInspired by the iconic image of a U.S. Doughboy, you can wear your American pride with this Made in the USA ¼ zipper fleece sweatshirt.

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.

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