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September 26, 2016

Countdown to Veterans Day 2016 has started
The World War 1 Centennial Commission has launched its 2016 Countdown to Veterans Day campaign, partnering with a wide range of public and private organizations to make Veterans Day a day ON, not a day off, and to offer people an opportunity to create a meaningful experience for their Veterans Day. It all started in 2015 with the simple term "Countdown To Veterans Day" and the hashtag #CountdownToVeteransDay, with the hashtag reaching an audience of some 36 million people. Click here to read about Countdown to Veterans Day 2016.
Doughboy MIA chronicles search for WW1 missing
A Doughboy's dog tag uncovered by a digger on a French battlefield started author Robert Laplander on a quest to find all the American solders still Missing in Action in World War One. Today the results of his labors and the contributions of many others are on display in the Doughboy MIA section of the World War On Centennial Commission web site. His motto for the project is "A Man Is Only Missing If He Is Forgotten", and Laplander is determined that none of the MIA will be forgotten. Read more about Doughboy MIA here.

Virginia vigil commemorates state's WW1 vets

The World War I Centennial Commission for the Commonwealth of Virginia hosted a statewide vigil to Commemorate the state’s World War I veterans on September 17. The purpose of the vigil was to bring attention to the Virginians who served in World War I, and it was held in several communities across the state including Front Royal, Harrisburg, Newport News, Petersburg, Byrd Park in Richmond, and in Winchester VA. Hundreds of people came out to see participate in the vigil. Click here to learn more about the statewide vigil.
Doughboy statue
Inspired by the WWI U.S. Army infantryman, this 12” cold cast bronze collector statue is a tribute to those who fought in The Great War.
Imagine a scene somewhere in France mid- 1918. The U.S. infantryman wears standard issue M1917 khaki drab tunic and breeches, is equipped with M1917 cartridge belt, M1910 canteen, haversack and pack carrier, and the U.S. Springfield M1903 30 .06 caliber rifle. A Colt .45 pistol serves as his sidearm and his helmet and gasmask may be British or U.S. made. All other equipment is U.S. issue, right down to the hobnails on his M1917 “Pershing” trench boots.
These finely sculpted limited edition statues are cast and finished one at a time - no two are truly alike. Extensive research and fine sculpting ensures that the over 200 hours of sculpting time, often spanning over two years, result in a statue that is historically and physically accurate as possible. Each limited edition statue is stamped with individual serial numbers and comes packaged in a high quality color presentation box. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item will help fund the national WWI Memorial to be built in Pershing Park in Washington, D.C., commemorating the valor and sacrifices of all U.S. WWI soldiers.
A Certificate of Authenticity as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial is included.

This and many other commemorative items are available in the Official Merchandise Shop

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