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November 21, 2016

Panetta: Remember those who sacrificed so much

In a guest editorial published by the Military Times organization, Leon Panetta, who served as the 23rd defense secretary as part of a half-century in public service, issued a ringing endorsement for the National World War One Memorial to be built at Pershing Park in Washington, DC. A former Army officer, he founded the Panetta Institute for Public Policy in 1997 and is a Special Advisor to the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission. For both personal (his father fought in World War One) and public ("this country is great because there are those men and women who are willing to put their lives at risk") reasons, Secretary Panetta says that the Memorial is "important enough for us to do everything possible" to make it a reality. Read the strong message from Secretary Panetta here.

Trailer for The Great War series
The new PBS American Experience documentary series on World War One, entitled THE GREAT WAR, is set to air in April of 2017, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of America's entry into the war. The show will be a six-hour series, airing over three nights. Mark Samuels, the executive producer of PBS American Experience, has shared the trailer for the series, and talked about the origin of the program, what went into the research and production for the project, and why PBS and The American Experience thought that this project was so important. Check out the full interview with Samuels here.

Pershing portrayal provides valuable lessons
David Wayne Shuey is a historian, teacher, and living history reenactor from Pennsylvania. For the past two years, he has devoted himself to the study of World War One, and specifically to the development of his portrayal of General John Pershing. He has been an active partner of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, and has represented General Pershing in three parades, six national conventions, and a host of other events, including the recent 2016 New York City Veterans Day Parade. Shuey talks about how he got interested in Pershing, the evolution of his portrayal, and why remembering Pershing and the other Doughboys matters. Read the interview here.

Veterans Day ceremony at DC War Memorial
Interns from the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission and members of the the Delta Phi Kappa service fraternity at George Mason University in Virginia teamed up on Veterans Day for a ceremony at the Washington, DC War Memorial, a site on the National Mall that was created in 1931 to honor the 499 residents of the District who gave their lives in World War One. Michael Siembida, a 2016 fall semester intern working at the Commission, produced the commemoration ceremony. In an interview, he talks a little about the ceremony, how he teamed with the service fraternity to make the day a success, and why remembering those who served in World War One is important to Millennials a hundred years later. Read the full interview here.

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