March 14, 2016
Yockelson book tour underway
Historian Mitch Yockelson’s new book, Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing’s Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army, was released March 1, and the author is now going around the country promoting the book. Yockelson is a member of the Historical Advisory Board for the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission.
Video of design team at National Press Club
Watch video of architect Joe Weishaar and Sculptor Sabin Howard, the design team for the new World War I Memorial in Washington D.C., discussing their work, the design competition, and their vision for the memorial. Later, Weishaar and Howard led an orientation tour of the Pershing Park memorial site. Click here to help build the Memorial.
Pancho Villa Raid Centennial observed
Events in Columbus, NM on March 9 and March 12 commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Pancho Villa raid, and celebrated friendship across the border today, with participation by the families of both General John Pershing and General George Patton. Check out what happened.
You are invited to join the Weekly Sync-Call
This is a weekly, informal call held at 12 pm EST on Wednesdays for WW1 Centennial Commissioners, volunteers, partners, historians 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.
We recently changed to a new format that allows for larger audiences so you are invited.
Join us online, by Smartphone App or by phone:
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Access the archive on-demand
The Sync-Calls are recorded. The audio and the minutes will be posted online afterwards for your on-demand access. Click on:
Weekly Sync-call Minutes & Archive
Reenactors Delight: World War One Centennial Limited Edition 1917 U.S. Army Trench Boots
You can own and wear a part of history with these standard issue U.S. Army trench boots. Available exclusively through the United States World War One Centennial Commission, this limited edition 1917 Field Service Shoe is Made in the USA as it was one hundred years ago. These “trench boots” as they are commonly referred to, where designed based on function and reliability.
In 1916, the U.S. Army was watching the situation in Europe and modified an existing boot to use a shoe last designed by Lt. Col. Munson, M.D. The new last allowed for a closer fit to the foot and fewer injuries for the troops. Millions of pairs of the 1917 Field Service Shoe were produced, and remained the only approved design by the U.S. Army until the 1960’s. Each pair is authentically handmade to order, in the style and tradition of the great makers of the twentieth century. Made on milspec Munson lasts. Uppers are stuffed harness leather.
Available in sizes 5 to 15 in D width. Please allow up to 12 weeks for delivery due to stocking availability. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item will help fund the national World War One Memorial in Washington, D.C.
This and many other commemorative items are available in the Official Merchandise Store.