WWI NYC Committee Grows

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December 21, 2015

New York City Committee Adds Key Members
New York, NY - Real Estate Executive Elihu Rose and Broadcaster and Educator William F. Baker have joined the World War I Centennial Committee for New York City. Commissioner Libby O'Connell is getting the NYC organization stood up.


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USS Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum

Last week the Commission’s Executive Director Dan Dayton met with Mike Flynn of the Independence Seaport Museum, which is home to USS Olympia. Launched in 1892, the cruiser Olympia (C-6) is the oldest steel warship afloat in the world. She fought in the Spanish American War in 1898. During WWI, the Olympia served with anti-submarine escort convoys protecting shipping in the Atlantic from German U-boat attacks. Later, she was sent to Murmansk to engage the Bolsheviks in the newly formed USSR.

Following WWI, because Olympia was the most significant commissioned US warship capable of making the journey, she was selected for the honor of bringing the Unknown Soldier home for interment in the United States. "We are happy to form a relationship with the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia," Dayton said, "and we will work together with the Museum and the Pennsylvania WWI Centennial Committee to help tell the story of Olympia."

WW1USA, Defense News, and C-SPAN on WWI
Kansas City, MO and Washington, DC - Amateur or 'Ham' Radio operators are bringing worldwide awareness of the centennial though their work at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City. The station is manned by volunteers in the KCMO area. Spread the word on WW1USA, contact Herb Fiddick and read all about it here. In Washington, Vice Chair Edwin Fountain appeared recently on Defense News and summed up why and what we're doing on this show that is widely watched by those in the Defense Industry. And watch for a C-SPAN interview about the Memorial with Vice Chair Fountain on January 3rd at 6:30 EST on C-SPAN 3.

See Ya After the First
Washington, DC -- DISPATCH will not publish next week. We'll be back on the 4th. January is an important time for the Commission. It will announce the final design concept for the National World War I Memorial at Pershing Park, hold the first meeting of the Diplomatic Advisory Board, and pay tribute to Commissioner Monique Seefried who will be presented with the Legion of Honor by France.

From all of us -- have a safe and joyous Holiday season.

Limited Edition Doughboy Statue from the Official Merchandise Shop - $175
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 available in the Official Merchandise Shop
Doughboy StatueImagine a scene somewhere in France. 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.

British and German descendants of Great War veterans, in period uniforms, shake hands at the unveiling of a memorial to the Chrismas Truce. From Wikipedia
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