Oshkosh Airventure 2016 takes off today

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July 25, 2016

Oshkosh Airventure 2016 takes off today
The World War 1 Centennial Commission team is on site in Oshkosh for the start of the annual Airventure air show, this year featuring a focus on World War 1 aviation history. To chronicle the Commission's participation, we have published "The Osh-16 Adventure Gallery” - a pictorial diary of the WW1CC team's journey to, participation in, and return from the premiere aviation event. The trek to Wisconsin stopped at a number of World War 1 Memorials en route--check out the photos here.

"An opportunity to right a historical wrong."
The 100 Cities/100 Memorials Matching Grant Challenge program kicked of officially last week, and the joint effort of the World War 1 Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Library and Museum (PMML) is drawing attention across the nation. In an interview for the World War 1 Centennial Commission web site, PMML President & CEO Kenneth Clarke talks about why the program is important, and his own personal connections to the centennial of the Great War. Read the interview here, and get more information about the program here.

New video highlights WW1's impact on U.S.
The Commission has just published a new promotional video titled Lest We Forget: Lessons From The Forgotten War. This short, 2.5 minute piece offers a context for WWI and what it actually means to us today. It features radio personality and Blogger Mike Shuster, author Max Brooks, Former U.S. Army Chief of Staff, General Gordon Sullivan (Ret.), Commissioner Col. Thomas Moe USAF, Ret.), Senator Richard Burr, NC, Chairman of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, Col. Robert Dalessandro (Ret.) and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. The video can be viewed in the WW1CC website’s video library. There is a link to download the video so you can use it for your own WWI Commemoration promotion and applications (with attribution to the US World War One Centennial Commission).

Time to recall what this war was about
In anticipation of the upcoming centennial of the U.S. entry into World War 1, curators and historians at the Library of Congress, who have spent a lot of time learning and thinking about this period of history and what it means, will be sharing over the next six months some of the stories and collection materials from the LOC that they think are most revealing about World War I. Gayle Osterberg, Director of Communications for the Library of Congress, asked these experts to share their insights in a series of special blog posts on the LOC web site, and highlight the rich array of historical and educational resources about WW1 available at the Library. Read Osterberg's complete post about the special program here.

U.S. Victory lapel pin
Victory PinProudly wearing the World War 1 U.S. Victory lapel pin is a meaningful way to honor the contributions made for our country one hundred years ago. Soldiers received Victory buttons upon their discharge from service in “the Great War”.
Hand cast in jeweler’s alloy and hand finished in a satin bronze patina, the design features the star, symbolizing victory, honor and glory; a wreath of evergreen laurel leaves symbolizing triumph over death; and the U.S. insignia, clearly identifying the country served.
This and many other commemorative items are available in the official Merchandise Shop.

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