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WWI DISPATCH - Secretary Leon Panetta, Dr. Vint Cerf, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and Helen Patton join the USWW1CC team.

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May 23, 2016

Four new Special Advisors for Commission announced at Washington, DC event
Four new members of the U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission's Board of Special Advisors were announced last week: Secretary Leon Panetta, formerly Secretary of Defense, White House Chief of Staff, Director the the CIA, Director of OMB, and Congressman from California; Dr. Vint Cerf, one of the four recognized inventors of the Internet; Commissioner Ray Kelly, longest-serving Police Commissioner for the New York City Police Department; and Helen Patton, the granddaughter of U.S. Army General George S. Patton. Read all about the announcement in DC last week, which was also attended by Ambassador Carol Mosley Braun, a member of the Commission's Diplomatic Advisory Board.

See the video of the press conference in our WW1 Video Library.

Fundraising effort for the Liberty Plane takes off
The campaign to restore to flying status the last remaining original DH4 air frame from World War 1 got off the ground last week. The project intends not only to commemorate those who flew the DH4 in World War 1, but also all military aviators who have served over the last 100 years. In 2017, when completed, "The Liberty Plane" will enable Americans today to take a first person look into the lives of those who were willing to sacrifice it all. Read more about the effort to make this important national treasure fly again in memory of all those who gave so much for their country and those they loved, and find out how you can help get her off the ground.

Commission takes WW1 Centennial story to SAS
The Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Exposition is the largest maritime exposition in the U.S., and this year it was highlighted by an information booth from the U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission. Check out how Commission staffers and volunteers told the World War 1 Centennial story to thousands of exhibit goers in D.C. last week.

New on the WW1CC.org website this week

New Memorial Web SiteThe World War One Centennial Commission has launched a new section of the national web site that features the National WWI Memorial Project. You can get to it by going to WW1CC.org/memorial

Here you will find all the current and past information from archival access to the 350 initial submissions, to a project timeline, to the latest information about the project today.

We need your help to make this real. It is up to us to speak for them with our contributions to this great memorial project.

"They’ve Earned Their Own Memorial" – Bumper Sticker
Bumper StickerOn 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. Visit the website, proudly display the bumper sticker, donate generously to the effort to make this Memorial a reality!

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