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July 11, 2016

Hawaii Centennial web site now operational
The Hawaii WWI Centennial Task Force has become the latest state organization to publish their official web site with the Commission. The URL is ww1cc.org/Hawaii or ww1cc.org/HI The Task Force is composed entirely of volunteers from Hawaii’s Military Veteran, Academic, Professional and Civic organizations. Over 10,000 men volunteered to serve in WW1 from Hawaii, and the War touched the lives of nearly all of the citizenry. Learn about theTask Force, and the Task Force's efforts to honor and remember Hawaii’s military veterans who served during the Great War, to educate Hawaii on the state's contributions to the War effort, and to facilitate grass-roots centennial commemorations.

President notes U.S. WW1 legacy in NATO speech
President Barack Obama on July 9 evoked the upcoming centennial of the U.S. entry into World War 1 as he asserted "the unwavering commitment of the United States to the security and defense of Europe, to our transatlantic relationship, to our commitment to our common defense." Speaking at a press conference on the final day of the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland, the President said that, though NATO faces an unprecedented range of security, humanitarian and political challenges, the alliance always can count on the United States, as the nation's European allies have done since 1917. See the video here.

A poet's "rendezvous with death" at the Somme
One hundred years ago this month, one of the bloodiest battles in history began near the Somme River in France. In July of 1916, the United States had not yet officially entered World War I, but that did not stop some Americans from joining the Allied cause. One such American volunteer, poet Alan Seeger, would pay the ultimate price during the first week of this carnage, but not before penning the immortal lines of verse that later became a favorite of John F. Kennedy, who often asked his wife to recite it. Read about Seeger's life and death here.

WW1 aviation history swoops into Kentucky airport
It was the first Curtis Jenny ever to land at Columbia/Adair County Airport, "and I feel safe in saying it will be the last one to ever land here," airport Superintendent Alan W. Reed said. On Saturday, July 9, the WW1-era Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" biplane operated by Friends of Jenny made a fuel stop at this small Kentucky airport en route back to its base at Bowling Green, and the sight of the World War 1 biplane drew a crowd of aviation enthusiasts and history lovers. Check out the story with lots of photos here. Friends of Jenny is also working to reconstruct the only, as delivered to the military, WW1-era DH4 to flying status.
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