June 20, 2016
WW1 impacts still being felt in Detroit and Dayton
Events in two Midwestern cities last week spoke to the enduring effects of World War 1 on America. In Detroit, a construction crew tearing down a building scattered, and the Bomb Squad rushed to the scene, as grim reminders of the Great War emerged from the ground unexpectedly. Read the story of this high-caliber historical event here. Meanwhile, in Dayton, Ohio, a new exhibit at Carillon Historical Park called “Over There: Dayton and the Great War,” not only gives visitors the feel of being in the trenches in wartime France, but also illustrates how World War 1 caused fundamental changes within America itself. Explore how “The war made Dayton” here.
High-flying heroes of WW1, some with feathers!
A great new aviation feature, and the story of the pint-sized flier who saved the last of the Lost Battalion, landed on the World War 1 Centennial Commission web site this week. A Chronology of World War I Aviation Events is a detailed timeline of the key aviation milestones before, during and immediately after the war, curated by retired Air Force Brigadier General and well-known aviation author Richard G. Head. Get the story on this amazing resource here. Meanwhile, the term "feathered friend" was never more appropriate than for the indomitable carrier pigeon "Cher Ami" whose dogged courage under fire help save the "Lost Battalion" and earned a permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution. Read the whole story of the medal-winning hero here.
New summer interns are now in the trenches
Interns and volunteers are essential to the operation of the U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission. As a Federal agency with no appropriated funds, the Commission really depends on interns to do a lot of heavy lifting in research and other areas, and has had the good fortune to have so many smart, dedicated, and hard-working students interning over the past two years. The 2016 Summer Intern class arrived at the Commission offices over the last two weeks, and this group hopes to meet or exceed the high standards set by their predecessors. Click here to get introduced.
“To Educate, Commemorate, and Honor.” These are the Commission’s three founding principles, and in partnering with the National WWI Memorial & Museum, the Commission is able to achieve all three. With this in mind, the Commission is excited to announce the launch of our new World War I Education eNewsletter. This electronic publication allows the Commission and the Museum to bring the First World War into the 21st Century. The first issue of the newsletter will be released on June 21st via email, and new editions will follow on the third Tuesday of every other month. Click here for more information and to subscribe to the newsletter on the Commission’s website.
“They flew on a wing and a prayer, because they flew without parachutes."
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.
A Certificate of Authenticity as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial is included.
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.
This and many other commemorative items are available in the Official Merchandise Shop.