February 29, 2016
Honoring Black WWI Veterans on Capitol Hill
In honor of Black History Month, Congressman Charles B. Rangel of New York and several colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus hosted a special Capitol Hill briefing on the contributions Black veterans made during World War I on February 25, 2016. The World War I Centennial Commission participated in the event, which focused on World War I as a transformative moment in Black history with lasting social, economic and political impacts. Get the whole story here..
WW1 coin design competition is a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" for American artists
The Secretary of the Treasury has been authorized by Congress to issue a coin in 2018 to commemorate the centennial of WW1 and to "honor the over 4 million men and women from the United States who served during World War I." Writer Dorian de Wind of the Huffington Post notes that "In modern history, the U.S. Mint has called upon the American public only a handful of times to submit designs for a coin." Read more about the WW1 coin design competition here.
Telegraph was critical turn in U.S. road to WW1
The Zimmerman telegram’s impact on American public opinion about Germany’s intentions was a significant factor in the United States’ decision to enter the Great War. On March 1, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson revealed the existence of the Zimmerman telegram and its text was published in newspapers across the country. “No other event of the war …so stunned the American people,” said Wilson’s biographer, Arthur Link. Find out more about this remarkable message and how it fell into American hands.
Documenting Doughboys: 1973 fire destroyed many WW1 service records
The new entry in the Documenting Doughboys series on the Commission web site discusses the terrible fire at NPRC in St. Louis that destroyed so many WW1 Army service records. Check it out here, along with all the other features in the Family Ties section.
Over There: America In The Great War
This book features more than 360 photographs detail the American military experience in World War I on the ground, in the air, and at sea, from recruitment to the Armistice. This is the premier visual history of the United States in the Great War to be published during these centennial years.
This and many other commemorative items are available in the Official Merchandise Store.
- Doughboys, Devil Dogs, flying aces, doctors and nurses, seamen, and even the German enemy
- photos of weapons and equipment, uniforms, insignia, and medals
- Richly informative text and captions by an expert on World War I and battlefield interpretation