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March 21, 2016


Blue Devils, March Madness, and World War One
When Duke University held off a furious rally by Yale to claim a 71-64 victory on March 19, the Blue Devils advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the 25th time in school history. But 100 years ago in World War One, another group of "devils dressed in blue" were the inspiration for the school's mascot.

Lafayette Escadrille Memorial rededication April 20
The Lafayette Escadrille Memorial in Paris will be rededicated in a head-of-state ceremony on April 20th, 2016. The ceremony will cap a decade-long joint France/United States renovation project. Built in 1928, the monument commemorates not only the original 38 members of the squadron, but also the 200 or so who succeeded them as volunteers in various French squadrons. Read more about the trans-Atlantic project to renovate the Memorial.

Website Feature: All Social Media In One View!
The WW1CC.org website has an interesting feature that allows you monitor the Commission's entire Social Media Communications, all on one page. Bookmark this page to see the social conversation evolve. You can click on any posting for details; share and post to your own timeline or re-tweet with the little buttons at the bottom right of each panel; use the channel buttons at the top of the page to filter down to just Facebook, or Twitter, etc...
Take a look by clicking here.


“They flew on a wing and a prayer, because they flew without parachutes." Metal Sign
Marine Devil Dog StatueThis 8” x 12” embossed sign depicts historical images of fighter planes, limited in safety equipment, during World War One. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item goes to fund the building of the national World War One Memorial in Washington, D.C.

A Certificate of Authenticity as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial is included.
This an many other commemorative items are available in the Official Merchandise Shop.




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