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DISPATCH: January 9, 2018

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January 9, 2018

The Next Step in ‘A Soldier’s Journey’ to the new national World War One Memorial

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While the recent ceremonial groundbreaking for the new national World War One Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, DC was taking place in the nation's capital, sculptor Sabin Howard was on the other side of the world at Weta Workshop in New Zealand, designing and sculpting the small-scale model (maquette) for the sculptural component of the memorial—a 65-foot-long bronze relief titled “A Soldier’s Journey.” The Epoch Times newspaper interviewed Howard a few days after he had completed the maquette, and last week published the interview with new photos of the sculpture. Read the entire in-depth article here.

Soccer event honors Christmas Truce

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Veterans of the Great War were honored on Christmas Day as soccer lovers from the Leavenworth, Kansas area paid homage to one of the most unique and inspirational events in human history. The Christmas Truce, the unofficial ceasefires along the Eastern and Western Fronts, was commemorated Monday by soccer enthusiasts in the fifth annual Truce Tournament hosted by Sporting Club, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and The Soccer Lot. WWI Centennial Commissioner and National World War I Museum and Memorial President and CEO Dr. Matthew Naylor was at the event to help present the trophy. Read more about the homage to the soccer games of the Christmas Truce here.

Online exhibit explores "American Women Physicians in World War I"

Dr. Esther Pohl

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) has created a remarkable new online exhibit, "American Women Physicians in World War I". When the United States entered the war in 1917, women physicians numbered less than 5% of all physicians. Many were eager for the chance to serve their country. But when the Army Surgeon General sent out a call for physicians to serve in the Medical Corps, the women who applied were rejected. Women physician leaders across the country protested this decision and petitioned the government, but the War Department stood firm. Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy would later write, “Our Government provided for the enlistment of nurses, but not for women physicians. This was a mistake. It is utterly impossible to leave a large number of well-trained women out of a service in which they belong, for the reason that they won’t stay out.” Click here to read more about how Dr. Lovejoy and her resolute comrades found other ways to participate, and make lasting contributions to the war effort.

President Woodrow Wilson debuts his Fourteen Points on January 8, 1918


On January 8, 1918 -- long before the 1919 Treaty of Versailles -- President Woodrow Wilson addressed the U.S. Congress with what would later become known as his "Fourteen Points" that were "Fundamental to America's War Aims." Up until then, there had been no explicit statement of war aims by any of the nation’s fighting during World War I. Wilson proclaimed that the problems specified in his Fourteen Points affected the whole world; “...Unless they are dealt with in a spirit of unselfish and unbiased justice, with a view to wishes, the natural connections, the racial aspirations, the security, and the peace of mind of the peoples involved, no permanent peace will be attained.” Read how this important speech and the list of principles that were to shape U.S. foreign policy going forward in WWI came about.

"No one left, or walked away, they all wanted to see more."


The landmark art exhibit World War I and American Art will close out its current run at Nashville's Frist Center on 21 January. This ambitious show was originally organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia, and it was timed to coincide with the centennial of the entry of the U.S. into the war. The show came to the Frist in August of last year. The exhibit revisits a critical period in history through a wide variety of artistic responses, ranging from patriotic to dissenting. The artworks show an incredible range, and include painting work by Georgia O'Keefe, who lost a brother in the war; photography by Edward Steichen, who flew aerial reconnaissance missions with the Army Air Corps; and masterwork painting "Gassed", by John Singer Sargent, which is on loan from the Imperial War Museum in the UK. We reached out to the staff of the Frist Center, to discuss the exhibition. Frist Center Curator Trinita Kennedy, Director of Education and Community Engagement Anne Henderson, and Director of Communications Ellen Pryor, responded to our questions about the show, about the war, and about impact on the local region.

Doughnut Girls: Women who fried donuts and dodged bombs on the front in WWI

Stella Young

During World War I, the Salvation Army sent women to France to lift the spirits of the soldiers – and to serve them comfort food. Their food of choice? Hot donuts. The women became known as “Doughnut Girls.” When America entered the hostilities in April 1917, Evangeline Booth (USA National Commander) placed the entire Salvation Army in the USA on a war-service basis. Hostels and service centers were established adjacent to military camps and when the American Expeditionary Force went to France, Lt-Colonel W. William Barker was dispatched to see how the Army could best serve them. In response to Barker’s request to “Send over some Lassies”, Evangeline dispatched a group of eleven handpicked officers, including four single women believing that quality mattered more than quantity. Read more about how the Salvation Army delivered the doughnuts to the Doughboys here.

The U.S. economy in World War I: fighting the war of production and finance

Auto Factory

When war broke out in Europe in the summer of 1914, a sense of dread rippled through the American business community. So great was the fear of contagion from tumbling European markets that the New York Stock Exchange was closed for more than three months, the longest suspension of trade in its history. At the same time, businesses could see the enormous potential the war might bring to their bottom lines. The economy was mired in recession in 1914 and war quickly opened up new markets for American manufacturers. In the end, World War I set off a 44-month period of growth for the United States and solidified its power in the world economy. Read more about the impact of the Great War on America's economy here.

The brave animals that helped America's Doughboys win in World War One


Rags was as brave and hardworking as the American soldiers he fought alongside during World War I. But one key detail set him apart from the men serving in the First Division American Expeditionary Forces: He was a dog. The stray dog turned soldier was just one of the estimated millions of dogs, horses, camels and other animals that served during the Great War. Often referred to as “military mascots,” these beasts of burden typically acted as soldiers’ companions. But military mascots didn’t just lend a supportive paw: They did real work on the battlefield. The National Archives' massive scanning project for its American Unofficial Collection of World War Photographs (165-WW) revealed an astounding assortment of animals,  including dogs, raccoons, an alligator, and a bear, keeping U.S. forces company. Read more about the amazing menagerie of American Military Mascots here.

WWI Centennial NEWS Podcast

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The WW1 Centennial News Podcast is about WW1 THEN: 100 years ago this week, and it's about WW1 NOW: News and updates about the centennial and the commemoration.  

Available on our web site, iTunes, Google Play, and TuneIn.

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Favorite Stories of 2017 - Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our 2017 favorite stories in review!

June 28, Episode 26 - From 100 Years ago this week : The Red Cross we know today | @ 01:05

July 5, Episode 27 - From Events - “Ready to Serve” - a one woman show about WWI Nurses - with Ellouise Schoettler | @ 07:50

July 12, Episode 28 - From Commission News - farewell to Former Commissioner James Nutter with Dan Dayton | @ 12:55

July 19, episode 29 - 100 Years ago this week - A tale of combat between a merchant ship and a U-boat | @ 14:05

July 26 Episode 30 - From the Buzz - The Kodak Vest Pocket Camera with Katherine Akey | @ 17:20

August 30, Episode 35 - From Speaking WWI - Field Day | @ 19:35

Sept. 27, Episode 39 - from Speaking WWI - OMG.. Really! | @ 20:55

October 4, episode 40 - From the Great War Project - Ring of Spies in Palestine with Mike Shuster | @ 22:10

October 18, Episode 42 - From 100 Cities / 100 Memorials the genesis and future of the program  with Ken Clarke | @ 26:00

November 1, episode 44 - From 100 Years ago this week - Living in NYC? Did a Slacker live in your apartment building 100 years Ago? | @ 31:25

October 25, Episode 43 - From Commission News - America’s WWI Memorial in Washington DC - with Edwin Fountain  | @ 33:50

November 8 - Episode 45 - From the Great War Project - The Eastern Front Collapses - with Mike Shuster | @ 39:05

November 15, Episode 46 - From 100 Years ago This week - The Suffragists in WWI | @ 43:00 

December 6, Episode 49 - From the WWrite Blog - German songwriter/soldier found from rediscovering his music | @ 51:25


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

Laura Pepper Poster

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English Artist WWI Poster - $12.50

Laura Pepper, an English artist living in the UK, was moved to produce this commemorative image to mark the historic First World War Centenary (originally an oil on canvas but a complete departure from her usual genre).

The spirit of the time is conveyed by the use of sepia tones. However, it is foremost a symbolic painting which she hopes the viewer will find both atmospheric and poignant, connecting with the present generation as they reflect on the battles fought by their relatives and the human cost involved, personal reflection encouraged by national and international commemorative events over this centenary period.

To this end, some nineteen key battle names are mentioned in the entanglement of barbed wire and the five poppies are symbolic of those five years of war in which a generation was lost.

As she wanted the image to resonate with the widest possible audience, the lone soldier is not specific to any particular regiment and is intentionally not wearing a steel helmet (first introduced to British soldiers in 1915), as she wanted to accentuate the vulnerability of the men on the battlefield in such basic uniform.

The destiny of the lone soldier walking a path where so many soldiers have trodden before him is for the viewer to decide - is he symbolic of the survivors of battle or of the fallen?

The role of the Royal Flying Corps in reconnaissance and artillery observation is acknowledged. The fractured cartwheel in the bottom right-hand corner of the picture represents in particular the role of the horse and mule in WW1, used mostly to transport ammunition and supplies to the Front, they sustained heavy losses in appalling conditions.

This and many other items are available as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial.

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Sgt Henry Veal, II

A Story of Service from the Stories of Service section of

Henry Veal


Submitted by: Johnette Brooks



Sgt Henry Veal, II served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The dates of service are: Known 30 APR 1918 - 30 AUG 1918

18 FEB 1895, Henry was born in the Spring Hill District 2 of Milledgeville, GA. He was the baby son of eleven (11) children of Henry Veal, I and Lucy Ann Hearst of Deepstep, GA (the home of the Honorable Elijah Mohammed, Nation of Islam). Henry, II’s father was a minister and a farmer. Henry, II (Sr.) grew up a few doors down from his future bride, Mamie Solomon on the highway that would later (13 AUG 2011) be named in their honor. He joined Green Pastures Baptist Church as a youth and attended school until the 5th Grad . On 5 JUN 1917, Henry registered for the WWI Draft.

He was inducted in Milledgeville GA on 29 APR 1918 and was entrained on 30 APR at Camp Gordon in the 157th Depot Brigade until September 21, 1918. he departed Newport News VA on the USS Mercury headed for Brest, France.

Read Henry Veal's entire Story of Service here.

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