June 6, 2016
Commission to be part of Oshkosh aviation event
The United States World War One Centennial Commission will be participating in the 2016 Experimental Aircraft Association's annual Airventure air show in Oskosh, WI in July. Throughout the event, the Commission will be holding media events at the main tent with historians to talk about World War One and the role and development of aviation during the war. Read more about Airventure and what the Commission will be doing there. And speaking of aviation history, remember to check out the campaign to restore to flying status the last remaining original American DH4 air frame from World War 1.
President appoints new Commissioner
President Barack Obama has announced the appointment of Ambassador Tod Sedgwick as a Commissioner on the United States World War One Centennial Commission. Formerly U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic, Sedgwick is Sedgwick is a Fellow at the Transatlantic Center at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Study and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. Read the whole announcement and Sedgwick's entire bio here. Three of the Commission's members are appointed by the President, six by Congress, and one each by the VFW, American Legion, and the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO.
PA WWI vets remembered on Memorial Day
All the members of the American Expeditionary Force's 314th Infantry, 79th Division, who fought in World War I's bloody Meuse-Argonne Offensive, are gone now. But in Pennsylvania, the Descendants and Friends of the 314th keep their memory alive with an annual event to honor their service and sacrifice. Read the story about this year's event in Valley Forge here.
ROTC began in WWI anticipation on June 3, 1916
The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) has celebrated the centennial of its establishment, which took place on the eve of America's entry into WWI. The ROTC was born out of concern about the nation's ability to expand its officer corps rapidly in wartime. 100 years later, the ROTC is the largest source of officers in the U.S. Armed Forces. Check out how the Army ROTC grew over the last century here.
White Ceramic Mug
Featuring the iconic Doughboy silhouette flanked by barbed wire so prevalent during WWI, you can enjoy your favorite beverage in this 15-ounce ceramic mug and honor the sacrifices made by U.S. soldiers.
You'll find this and many other commemorative items at the Official Merchandise Shop.