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DISPATCH - First Look at new WW1CC video - narrated by Gary Sinise

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October 24, 2016


Countdown to Veterans Day 2016: 18 days away
The Countdown to Veterans Day 2016 campaign by the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission continues marching toward November 11. Last week saw significant numbers posted as individuals as well as public and private organizations carried the message to make Veterans Day a day ON, not a day off. The potential audience for the hashtag #COUNTDOWNTOVETERANSDAY has passed 3 million impressions on Twitter, and the campaign on Facebook is soaring as well. Thanks for the help, and keep up the great effort! Click here to read more about Countdown to Veterans Day 2016.

First look!
The Commission has just completed a wonderful fundraising video for the Memorial with several versions that will be rolled out publicly with some fanfare in the next few weeks. It is narrated by actor/producer Gary Sinise, who provided his services pro bono. Take a first look at the three-minute version at ww1cc.org/memorial. We will also be publishing a full seven-minute version later this week and your editors got access to give you a sneak peek--click here to take a look. See if you can spot Gary's Sinise’s grandfather who served on the front lines in France…he looks just like the actor!

Howard seeks "sense of excitement" in Memorial
Sabin Howard is the sculptor half of the partnership that is developing the design for the National World War One Memorial to be built in Washington, D.C. As the as the review and approval process continues toward the final Memorial design, Howard talks about his current work on the project, the artistic approach he is taking, and why is it important to create this memorial, and to remember the veterans of WW1. Read the entire interview here.

"To these brave heroes we are truly indebted"
Rear Admiral Kibben, CHC, USN, Chief of Navy Chaplains, delivered the Sermon at the Centennial Memorial Service for Norman Prince and the Lafayette Escadrille on Friday, October 14, 2016, at the Washington National Cathedral. She used the occasion elegantly to "commemorate the lives of our American heroes, the men and women who offered themselves for the sake of America’s survival" from World War One to the present day. Click here to read the full text of the inspiring sermon.

"It's important to remember all who served"
Quartermaster General Debra Anderson Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) was recently appointed as a Commissioner of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission. In a recent interview on the occasion of her swearing-in, Anderson talked about her military service, how she got involved in the VFW, and why is it important for Americans to remember World War One, and those who served in the armed forces during that conflict a century ago. Check out the interview here.

100 Cities / 100 Memorials News.
  • Great webinar on 10/19: "Competition Briefing for Veterans Organizations and others"
  • Stand by... The video of the webinar will publish at ww1cc.org/100Memorials Tuesday.
  • Coming up this week: The launch of the Memorial Hunters Club.
  • Sign up for the 100C/100M BLOG to get automatically notified about program happenings.


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