DISPATCH - Lafayette Escadrille commemoration April 20th, 2016

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April 18, 2016

Lafayette Escadrille Memorial ceremony April 20
On Wednesday, April 20th, dignitaries and VIPS from around the world will gather in Paris to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Lafayette Escadrille. The ceremony will be attended by leading figures of American and French diplomacy and air forces, a symbol of the political and military bonds wrought by the men of the Escadrille. Read more about the upcoming event here, and look for extensive coverage in next week's DISPATCH. Check out the Lafayette Escadrille page on the Commission web site more information on the unit and its members. And check out this story of a modern-day USAF pilot whose grandfather served in the Lafayette Escadrille.

Phase 1 of coin design competition ends April 28
Artists have less than weeks to submit their digital portfolios to the United States Mint as a part of the public competition to design the commemorative 2018 World War I American Veterans Centennial Silver Dollar. Phase One of the design competition ends on Thursday, April 28, with up to 20 applicants selected for advancement to Phase Two. Read more about the coin design competition here.

"An altruistic spirit" has guided Memorial architect
The official newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock published a nice feature over the weekend about Joseph Weishaar, the designer of the national World War 1 Memorial, who attended St. Joseph Church while growing up in Fayetteville, AR.
You can help build the national World War I Memorial: Click here now to find out how.

Trace your WW1 Marine via the USMC Muster Rolls
The new entry in the Documenting Doughboys series on the Commission web site looks at Marine Corps Muster Rolls, and how you can use them to trace the service of a Leatherneck ancestor who wore the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor in World War 1. Check it out here, along with all the other features in the Family Ties section. Learn more about the USMC in World War 1 on the United States Marine Corps in World War 1 Centennial Website.

“They flew on a wing and a prayer, because they flew without parachutes." Metal Sign
This 8” x 12” embossed sign depicts historical images of fighter planes, limited in safety equipment, during World War One.
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 and many more Commemorative items are available through the Official Merchandise Store

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