August 15, 2016
New Commissioner Tod Sedgwick sworn in
Ambassador (Ret.) Tod Sedgwick has been sworn in as the newest Commissioner on the United States World War One Centennial Commission. The event took place in Martha’s Vineyard, where the oath of office was administered by Federal Judge Mark Wolf of Boston. Sedgwick was appointed by President Obama. Read more about the new Commissioner here.
$200,000 available to rescue ailing WW1 memorials
The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library continue to promote the $200,000 matching grant challenge offering awards for up to 100 local WW1 memorial restoration projects around the nation. Is their a memorial in your city or town that needs restoration? Find out more about the program here.
"A window through which we may look" at WW1
The First American on the Western Front is a narrative history written around the letters of a young US serviceman in WWI who carried the first official US Government flag to the Western Front in 1917. Author Patrick Gregory answers questions about his new book, and how the letters of Arthur Clifford Kimber, written a century ago and published for the first time, help illuminate the history of America's entry into WW1. Check out Gregory's answers here.
Forgotten WW1 mentor to America's WW2 heroes
Today, the officer whom Dwight Eisenhower called “the ablest man I ever knew” remains a historical enigma. Major General Fox Conner wrote no memoirs and ordered all his papers and journals burned after his death. Only 28 letters survive. Most of what can be determined about Conner derives from the writings of his three famous World War II protégés and of his old boss, General of the Armies John J. Pershing, under whom Conner served in World War I in the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF). “I could have spared any man in the AEF better than you,” Pershing told Conner. Read the fascinating story of the man who made generals of Eisenhower, Patton, and Marshall.
“Nothing Stops These Men” – Custom Key Tag
Inspired by an original World War One poster, this key tag features the dramatic image of a bayonet advance on the enemy, with the United States flag in the upper corner.
A real conversation piece as you pull out your keys, and a great way to show your support, this 1-1/4” long, custom key tag has a bright gold finish, with color-fill, and is offered exclusively through the World War One Centennial Commission - Only $9.95 each set.
It's useful, practical and looks great. Get a half-dozen and give them to colleagues you'd like to introduce to the WWI centennial.
This and many other commemorative items are available in the Official Merchandise Shop.