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DISPATCH - Learn about 100 Cities / 100 Memorials - a national matching-grant challenge to preserve WWI monuments.

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July 5, 2016


Thanks to our readers for the video fireworks
A big shout out to our DISPATCH readers for helping us spread the word about the national WW1 Memorial by sharing our July 4th donation appeal video on Facebook with your friends. Together, and with everyone’s support and help, we will get this national memorial to our brave WW1 veterans built in our nation's capital! Great thanks also to Secretary Leon Panetta, Ambassador Carol Mosley Braun, Dr. Vint Cert, and General Barry McCaffrey for their help in creating the Memorial donation appeal video.

100 Cities / 100 Memorials program debuts July 15
In the years following the Great War, thousands of Memorials to those who served in WW1 were built in cities and towns across America . Over the decades, exposure to the elements has taken a toll on many of these memorials.
On July 15, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, along with supporting organizations like the American Legion, will launch 100 Cities / 100 Memorials: a national matching grant challenge to preserve WWI monuments. Get an advance look at the program here.
WW1 partnership formalized for Oshkosh airshow
A formal partnership has been established between the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) annual Oshkosh Airshow, also known as OSH16, and the World War One Centennial Commission (WW1CC), for the event to honor the 4.7 million young men and women who served America in uniform during the Great War. The partnership reflects the World War One theme that this year’s Oshkosh visitors will see at the iconic air show in late July, as well as the increase in awareness and appreciation of World War One across the country as the 100th anniversary of American mobilization approaches. Read more about the new Oshkosh World War 1 partnership here.

Aviation timeline author answers five questions
Taking off from research for an upcoming book, Brigadier General R. G. Head, USAF (Ret.) created the incredible Chronology of World War I Aviation Events now published on the WW1 Centennial Commission web site. In this interview, the author talks about what led to the Chronology's creation, why the air war in WW1 was so important, what he found out in his research that surprised him, and more. Oh, and he also builds airplane modelsreally big models. Launch into the high flight level story here.

Story of WW1 nurses told in one-woman show
"Ready to Serve" is the true story of 64 professional Maryland nurses from Johns Hopkins University who went to France in WWI to staff an Army Field Hospital. This one-woman show by spoken word artist Ellouise Schoettler uses the nurses' own words to bring their little known eye-witness story to life again. Read about her research into the letters and diaries that reveal the difficulties of everyday life for these women during 1917 and 1918 on the battlefields of France. DISPATCH readers in the national capital region can take in the show during July. Find out more about "Ready to Serve" and get performance information here.

U.S. Army “Doughboy” Window Decal
Declare your support for these American veterans and show the world!
This window decal features the iconic Doughboy silhouette flanked by barbed wire so prevalent during WWI, you can proudly display this poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by these U.S. soldiers.
This and many other commemorative items are available in the Official Merchandise Store.


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