April 25, 2016
Lafayette Escadrille Memorial ceremony coverage
Aircraft from the U.S. and French air forces, dignitaries from both nations, descendants of the squadron's pilots, and guests from around the world gathered in Paris last week for ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Lafayette Escadrille, and the re-dedication of the renovated and restored memorial to the unit. You'll find lots of coverage and great photos in the Lafayette Escadrille section of the Commission web site. To understand why the Lafayette Escadrille was much more than just a squadron, read our Mike William's insightful analysis of the unit's lineage reaching back 240 years.
Bringing World War 1 alive again
On April 9-10 a large public living history event was held at Midway Village Museum in Rockford, Illinois. The event was sponsored by the Pritzker Military Museum and Library. The event was performed by 250 re-enactors and attended by approximately 1,300 people during the weekend, up to 400 of whom were students, teachers, and chaperones.
If you know of a World War 1 Living History or Reenactment event coming up, please submit it for inclusion in the World War 1 Centennial Events calendar.
How Americans' voluntary efforts emerged in WW1
Noting the new exhibition "The Volunteers" at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO, Centenary News discusses how America's voluntary efforts took shape in the Great War before the nation officially entered the conflict.
Ideal for re-enactors: World War One Centennial Limited Edition 1917 U.S. Army Trench Boots
You can own and wear a part of history with these standard issue U.S. Army trench boots. Available exclusively through the United States World War One Centennial Commission, this limited edition 1917 Field Service Shoe is Made in the USA as it was one hundred years ago. These “trench boots” as they are commonly referred to, where designed based on function and reliability.
In 1916, the U.S. Army was watching the situation in Europe and modified an existing boot to use a shoe last designed by Lt. Col. Munson, M.D. The new design allowed for a closer fit to the foot and fewer injuries for the troops.
Millions of pairs of the 1917 Field Service Shoe were produced, and remained the only approved design by the U.S. Army until the 1960’s.
Each pair is authentically handmade to order, in the style and tradition of the great makers of the twentieth century. Made on milspec Munson lasts. Uppers are stuffed harness leather.
Available in sizes 5 to 15 in D width. Please allow up to 12 weeks for delivery due to stocking availability.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item will help fund 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 and many other commemorative items are available at the Official Merchandise Store.