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DISPATCH - 30 Days to Veterans Day; plus Weishaar takes National WW1 Memorial message home

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October 11, 2016

Countdown to Veterans Day 2016: 30 days out
The World War One Centennial Commission continues 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. A potential audience of over a million have received the word on Facebook, and the hashtag #COUNTDOWNTOVETERANSDAY has already reached a potential audience of almost 2 million on Twitter. Click here to read more about Countdown to Veterans Day 2016.

Weishaar talk Memorial at Crystal Bridges Museum
Joe Weishaar, concept designer of the National World War I Memorial at Pershing Park, was a guest speaker at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s Spotlight Talk series last week in his home state of Arkansas. While there, Joe was was also able to connect with his former elementary school teacher, Vanessa Seward, and visit her classroom to talk to her students. Read more about the trip, and how Ms.Seward is supporting the new World War I Memorial and her former star pupil.

"War to End All Wars" at Ohio State this month
The Ohio State University Department of History, in partnership with the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, will host a symposium marking the 100th anniversary of the war. The War to End All Wars: U.S. National World War One Centennial Symposium, 1916-2016” will be presented on the Ohio State campus on Thursday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Oct. 28. “It’s important on this 100th anniversary to recall the horrors of the war and to revisit how World War One reshaped the world as we know it,” explained Peter Mansoor, the General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History at OSU. Read more about the conference here.

Commemoration message delivered to AUSA
With over 26,000 participants attending the 2016 Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army, Commission staff and volunteers staff were able to talk with thousands of people who stopped by to learn about our efforts to honor and memorialize the 4.7 million veterans who served and the 116,516 Soldiers who gave their lives for our great nation in World War One. Check out the event and see some of the outstanding visitors to the Commission's booth.

100 Cities / 100 Memorials Webinar: “Competition Briefing for Veterans Organizations”

100 C / 100 M logoDATE AND TIME: Wed, Oct 19, 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

This interactive online event is especially focused at Veterans Service Organizations who want to participate in the 100 Cities - 100 Memorials matching grant challenge. However, the information is pertinent to anyone interested in participating in the program. REGISTER HERE.

U.S. Victory lapel pin - $4.95Victory Pin
Proudly 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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