"100 Cities/100 Memorials" program has launched

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July 18, 2016

"100 Cities/100 Memorials" program has launched
The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library have officially launched "100 CITIES/100 MEMORIALS" .
In observance of the upcoming centennial of World War I, 100 matching grants of up to $2,000 apiece will be awarded for the restoration of 100 World War I Memorials across the United States.
Any municipal government, individual, or organization may apply.
Learn how to apply and download the Competition Manual at WW1CC.org/100Memorials.

Pershing Park the scene of Pokémon Go-ings-on

On July 6th, video game developer Niantic released Pokémon Go, an augmented reality app giving Pokémon fans a chance to catch Pokémon in real life. This game has taken the world by storm, becoming the most-downloaded app in the world during the three days following its release. The game is especially popular in urban areas, as the placement of Pokémon is closely tied to pre-established locations where people can find them, such as parks or even national landmarks, like, for example, Pershing Park in Washington, DC, home of the National World War 1 Memorial to be dedicated in 2018. Check out what General Pershing saw in his park last week.

WW1 tunnels in France with American carvings
An amateur battlefield explorer in France recently stumbled into a labyrinth of limestone tunnels in France, and discovered hundreds of carvings left by members of the American Expeditionary Force who sheltered there in 1917 and 1918. The carvings included military insignia, portraits of soldiers and their horses, and other etchings in the stone through the eight miles of caverns. See the haunting photos of the carvings and read the whole story here.

Records of Commission of Army Officers in WW1
The latest entry in the Documenting Doughboys series on the Commission web site looks at Army Officer Commission Records,showing the Commission of Officers in the Regular Army, National Guard, and Officer Reserve Corps. One example of a typical record shows a very familiar name of a certain Army Reserve member who got a big promotion later on in life. Check it out here, along with all the other features in the Family Ties section.

Special Commemorative Merchandise Being Created for Oshkosh 2016 Air Show.
With over 700,000 expected to attend EAA Airventures also known as Oshkosh 2016, July 25-31, we are supporting their WWI aviation sub-theme with special commemorative Oshkosh 2016 merchandise. To check out the preview below, click on a thumbnail to see a larger rendition in a browser window.

Oshkosh 2016 sticker

World War One Centennial Oshkosh 2016 3” x 3” Sticker

Lapel PinWorld War One Centennial Oshkosh 2016 Lapel Pin

T-shirt DesignWorld War One Centennial Oshkosh 2016 T-Shirt design

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