March 7, 2016
Memorial design team at National Press Club
Architect Joseph Weishaar and sculptor Sabin Howard recently appeared at a National Press Club Newsmaker event in Washington DC to talk about their design for the national World War 1 Memorial, and the challenges of making their concept a reality. Look for a video publishing on the website this coming week of the presentation. Weishaar was profiled by ABC News, and other media coverage is anticipated. Good work by the team! Click here to help build the memorial.
Centennial of Pancho Villa raid on March 9
Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus, New Mexico, and the Punitive Expedition into Northern Mexico commanded by General John J. Pershing, played a key role in spurring modernization of the U.S. Army, initiating changes that would pay huge dividends when America entered World War One a year later. At Pershing's side throughout these events was his aide, a young Second Lieutenant named George S. Patton, Jr. The commemoration of the centennial of the raid and response in Columbus this week will spotlight how this relatively small event in history would tie together two of the greatest military careers in American History.
Mike Shuster to join weekly Commission Sync Call
The World War 1 Centennial Commission holds a weekly informal Sync Call at noon on Wednesdays for WW1 Centennial Commissioners, volunteers, partners and enthusiasts who want to hear about the latest centennial news from the Commission and from around the country. The call usually runs about 30 minutes. If you aren't on the call already, click here to sign up for the notifications.
Starting on March 9, the Sync Call will have a new feature: Mike Shuster of The Great War Project will provide weekly contributions from his blog, highlighting the poignant voices of the war, and the war's legacy. A legend for his work on National Public Radio, Mike will make the content of the Sync Call even richer. Click here to get on the call!
Doughboy MIA project needs help at Archives
March 29 through April 1 the Doughboy MIA team will be working at the National Archives facility in College Park, MD to look for the Burial Cards for the Meuse-Argonne cemetery (and others). If you are free in the DC area on one of those days and would like to lend a hand, every available set of fingers is needed to go through over 300 boxes of cards on the initial list. Interested? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to join the hunt.
Featured on the Website This Week
In 1917 It was proven that angels DO exist!
This 8” x 12” embossed metal sign depicts historical images of Red Cross nurses, who truly were angels to those they cared for, during World War One. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item goes to fund the building of the national World War One Memorial in Washington, D.C.
You'll find this and many other commemorative items in the Official Merchandise Store.