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WW1 Centennial News

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It's about WWI THEN: 100 Years ago this week;
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Sync Call for Wednesday October 21 at Noon EDT
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You Can Help the WW1CC!

  1. Donate! Go to our donations page.
  2. Send a letter to the USPS Stamp Committee! Use this template.
  3. Send us interns! Direct anyone you know who is interested to our Internship webpage.
  4. Help with state and regional organization! Let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  5. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization.

News and Announcements:

Update from the States

Volunteer for state outreach. Contact Andrew McGreal if you are willing to help.

November 5 Collaboration Call
On November 5 at Noon EDT, we will hold our first SO Collaboration Call in the new format. The focus of this call will be veterans history projects and how you can use them for collection of WWI artifacts. We have three confirmed panelist: Bob Patrick from the LOC, Andrew Bullen from the Illinois State Library, and Christine Pittsley from the Connecticut State Library. Subsequent calls will take place on the first Thursday of the month. Reminders will be sent out two weeks before and the day of. The call-in number will be the same as past calls - contact a SO Coordination Team member to get on the roster.

State Outreach SOS
If you’re a state outreach volunteer who needs help, let us know! You’re not in this alone! contact a SO Coordination Team member.

#CountdownToVeteransDay

Our Countdown to Veterans Day campaign continues to grow! We now have the National Museum of the U.S Air Force, The MacArthur Memorial, the Dallas Foundation, and a host of American Legion & VFW posts across the country on board.

Head over to CountDownToVeteransDay.org. It’s a Commission supported one-stop shop for Veterans Day volunteer activities and opportunities. You can go there to add volunteer opportunities - just click “Link In My Organization” - or to plan your own day of service on November 11.

Remember to use the handle #CountDownToVeteransDay on your social media to get the word out. One day isn’t enough to honor our veterans. We encourage everyone to look at Veterans Day not as a ‘day off’ but as a ‘day on’ to volunteer for a Veterans’ organization and to help the community.

USO Gala

The USO Gala was held last night, and we want to send out congratulations to the USO Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, Coast Guardsman, and National Guardsman of the year. We also want to extend a special thank you to our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, for inviting us to join them at the gala.

Upcoming Events

You can check out all the below upcoming events on the Commission Calendar.

National WWI Museum Symposium (November 6 - 7)
On November 6 & 7, the National WWI Museum in Kansas City will host its 2015 Symposium--Global War, 1915: Empires at War, Churchill’s Gallipoli & America Divided. This event will explore the rising tensions in America and the globally escalating conflict that defined the world in 1915. It will feature several prominent WWI scholars. Registration and a fee are required.

Tennessee Great War Commission Kick Off (November 7)
On November 7, the Tennessee Great War Commission will hold its 2015 Kickoff Commemoration events across three venues in Nashville. Events at these venues will include lectures, a symposium, a living history programs, and the opening of a new exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum. All of these events are free and open to the public.

Connecticut and the Great War Symposium (November 7)
The Connecticut and the Great War Symposium will take place on November 7 at Central Connecticut State University. This day long conference will examine the people and events that made the First World War a transformative experience for Connecticut's peoples, its industries, and its communities. Registration and a fee is required.

The National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park- Design Competition Update

Phase II of the Memorial Design Competition proceeds apace. As always, you can check out the finalists (and every other submitted design) on our webpage.

Please remember that even if we get the perfect design we can’t build it without donations. Every dollar counts double thanks to the generosity of our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, which will match your donation. You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. The veterans of this bygone war deserve a memorial. We can build it.

Finally, if you’re in the DC area, we invite you to come over to Marvin’s at 14th and U St. on October 27 at 5:30 pm. All of us from the Commission will be there to showcase the 5 final design concepts. We hope to see you there!

Read more: Sync-Call Minutes 10-21-15

Sync Call for Wednesday October 14 at Noon EDT
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You Can Help the WW1CC!

  1. Make a donation to the Memorial Fund for the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park We can't build this Memorial without your help!.
  2. Send a letter to the US Post Office Stamp Committee to encourage them to make a WW1 stamp series. Please feel free to use this template for your letter. Contact Andrew McGreal with any questions.
  3. We're looking for interns for the Spring semester. If you or someone you know would like to intern, please visit our Internship webpage.
  4. If you are interested in helping with state and regional organization, please let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  5. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to us at no cost to you!.

News and Announcements:

9th Meeting of the WWI Centennial Commission

The 9th Meeting of the WW1 Centennial Commission was held today, October 14, from 10 am to noon. Several requests for support were approved and future plans for the Commission were solidified. Thank you to everyone who participated. Minutes from the meeting will be available upon requests at a future date.

Update from the States

Volunteer for state outreach. Contact Andrew McGreal if you are willing to help.

New York
Exciting news from New York! We have an anonymous donor who will match donations supporting WWI activities in New York - dollar for dollar - up to $10,000! With the Pritzker match, that means your donations will count TRIPLE (!!!) up to the match limit. (If that isn’t a fantastic deal, I don’t know what is!) If you wish to donate by check, simple specify “For New York” on the check; if you wish to donate online, select 'New York’ from the dropdown menu on the Commission Donation Webpage. Thank you to our anonymous donor and to everyone who takes advantage of this offer!

Georgia
Larry Osheim of the American Legion Otranto Post 115 did a very nice job coordinating the Otranto Memorial Ceremony. Between 50 and 75 people attended the ceremony held at the VFW hall after heavy rains forced it indoors. Additionally, the American Legion Otranto Post 115 has been contacted by Caledonia TV in Scotland in regards to making a film for the BBC and US TV to mark the 100th anniversary of the Otranto Disaster. Congratulations to Larry Osheim and American Legion Otranto Post 115!

Reminder: Collaboration Call Reformatted
Our State Outreach Collaboration call is changing format- It will be monthly rather than weekly and each call will now have a main topic with guest speakers (our first call will be on Veterans History Projects). Our next Collaboration Call will be held Thursday 05 November at noon eastern. Subsequent calls will take place on the first Thursday of the month. Reminders will be sent out two weeks before and the day of.

Upcoming Events

Connecticut and the Great War Symposium
The “Connecticut and the Great War” symposium will take place on November 7 at Central Connecticut State University. The conference will examine the people and events that made the First World War a transformative experience for Connecticut's peoples, its industries, and its communities. The conference will feature Dr. Edward Gutiérrez, author of “Doughboys on the Great War: How American Soldiers Viewed Their Military Experience,” as its keynote speaker. It will, additionally, present new scholarship focusing on many unique aspects of the home front during the war, and will close the day with a screening of the American Battlefield Monument Commission's film “Never Forgotten,” followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.Doors will open at 8am. Registration is required. For more information, check out the Commission Calendar.

Tennessee Great War Commission events
The Tennessee Great War Commission will hold its first annual commemoration of the Tennesseans and WWI on November 6 and 7. Stories of men and women, many of whom have long been forgotten, will be presented in a variety of ways at six different venues in Nashville. Events include lectures, presentations, exhibitions, and re-dedications. For more information visit the TGWC webpage.

History, Memory, and Authenticity in the Art of Horace Pippin
In Washington DC on October 28, there will be a public lecture on the war art of Horace Pippin - a decorated and disabled WWI US veteran. Doors open at 7pm. Registration is required to attend. Visit the Commission Calendar for more information and registration instructions.

#CountdownToVeteransDay

Our #Countdown participant numbers are expanding dramatically -- we are getting re-posted by Wounded Warrior Project, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans Association, documentary producer Ric Burns (brother of Ken Burns), and a host of media outlets. We also have a number of new military commands helping every day, including the Fort Sill Center Warrior Transition of Excellence. So far, we have made over 2 million unique social media impressions!

This week Roger Fisk visited CBS News Radio at the Washington Bureau on M Street- . CBS invited us for an interview that will air between now and Veterans Day in their 700+ Network of radio stations. Roger Fisk was in the live booth this evening to record it -- Keep an ear out for it!

CountDownToVeteransDay.org is a WW1CC supported one-stop source for 2015 Veterans Day volunteer and activity opportunities. Any national, regional, state or local Veterans organization can link their Veterans Day activity, event or opportunity to this #CountDownToVetreransDay resource. All you need to do is go to CountDownToVeteransDay.org, click on the “Link In My Organization” button, fill out the simple form and submit it. A site admin will review the submission and it will publish within 24 hours. Go online and check out the Veteran service volunteer opportunities already posted, and link in any volunteer opportunities you know of that are not up already.

Remember to use the handle #CountDownToVeteransDay on your social media to get the word out. One day isn’t enough to honor our veterans. We encourage everyone to look at Veterans Day not as a ‘day off’ but as a ‘day on’ to volunteer for a Veterans’ organization and to help the community.

The National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park- Design Competition Update

Check out the the five final design concepts for the National WW1 Memorial at Pershing Park on the Stage II Finalist webpage.Additionally, if you are in the DC area, we invite you to come to Marvin's on October 27 at 5:30 pm. - 14th and U Streets. All of us from the Commission will be there and we will showcase the 5 final design concepts. Hope to see you there!

Please remember that even if we get the perfect design we can’t build it without donations. We encourage everyone on this call to consider donating. Every dollar counts double thanks to the generosity of our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, which will match your donation. You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. Our Great War men and women deserve a memorial. We can build it.

Read more: Sync-Call Minutes 10-14-15

Sync Call for Wednesday October 07 at Noon EDT
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You Can Help the WW1CC!

  1. Make a donation to the Memorial Fund for the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park We can't build this Memorial without your help!.
  2. Send a letter to the US Post Office Stamp Committee to encourage them to make a WW1 stamp series. Please feel free to use this template for your letter. Contact Andrew McGreal with any questions.
  3. We're looking for interns for the Spring semester. If you or someone you know would like to intern, please visit our Internship webpage.
  4. If you are interested in helping with state and regional organization, please let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  5. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to us at no cost to you!.

News and Announcements:

9th Meeting of the WWI Centennial Commission

The WWICC Commissioners will meet next Wednesday, October 14 at 10 am EDT. The meeting will be held via teleconference. The general public is welcome to dial in on the listen-only line. Dial 712-432-1000 and enter access code 474-845-614#

Update from the States

Collaboration Call Reformatted
Our State Outreach Collaboration call is changing format- It will be monthly rather than weekly and each call will now have a main topic with guest speakers. Our next Collaboration Call will be held Thursday 05 November at noon eastern. Subsequent calls will take place on the first Thursday of the month. Reminders will be sent out two weeks before and the day of. The first call will be on Veterans History Projects.

Volunteer for state outreach. Contact Andrew McGreal if you are willing to help.

#CountdownToVeteransDay

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Our Countdown to Veterans Day campaign continues to grow! CountDownToVeteransDay.org is a WW1CC supported one-stop source for 2015 Veterans Day volunteer and activity opportunities.

This week we have added the ability for any national, regional, state or local Veterans Day connected organization to link their Veterans Day activity, event or opportunity to this #CountDownToVetreransDay resource. All you need to do is go to CountDownToVeteransDay.org, click on the “Link In My Organization” button, fill out the simple form and submit it. A site admin will review the submission and it will publish within 24 hours. Go online and check out the Veteran service volunteer opportunities already posted, and link in any volunteer opportunities you know of that are not up already.

Remember to use the handle #CountDownToVeteransDay on your social media to get the word out. One day isn’t enough to honor our veterans. We encourage everyone to look at Veterans Day not as a ‘day off’ but as a ‘day on’ to volunteer for a Veterans’ organization and to help the community.

Centennial Countdown to the Great War - New Blog Entry

Dennis Cross, one of our fantastic Kansas state outreach volunteers, publishes a monthly blog called Centennial Countdown to the Great War. As the name suggests, this blog covers events that took place a hundred years ago this month. This month’s entry covers the continuing Allied slog at Gallipoli as well as events taking place in the US and Latin America. Read the full blog here.

Upcoming Events

National World War I Museum

Telling: KC
From October 15 through October 24, the WW1 Museum will be hosting several performances of Telling: KC. This is part of the Telling Project which works across the country to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience by putting veterans and military family members in front of their communities to share their stories, giving them the opportunity to speak and communities the opportunity to listen.

The World Remembers
From October 6 through November 11, the WW1 Museum will host The World Remembers. This is an international education project whose purpose is to remember and honor the 9 million combatants (the most in any war at that time) who perished in WW1 by displaying their names in more than 100 locations throughout Europe and North America. For 1915, More than 500,000 names from 12 nations are represented for 1915. The WW1 Museum is the only location for the display in the United States.

“In the Know”
On Sunday, Oct. 18, the Museum continues its free In the Know series with Landon Rowland presenting a discussion titled “World War I and the American “Mandate” in the Middle East and their ISIS Inheritors.”

More information on all the above events can be found on the WW1 Museum events webpage.

We Need Volunteers - Next Week!

We are looking for folks to help us man a table at the Association of the US Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting that's taking place October 12-14 - that's next week! - at the Washington DC Convention Center. The meeting is the largest of its kind, with over 25,000 attendees, and promises to be an exciting show. Volunteers would talk to visitors about WWI, Commission programs, and the WWI Memorial. Any amount of time you would be willing to volunteer would be immensely helpful.
Email Chris Isleib to get involved.

The National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park- Design Competition Update

Check out the the five final design concepts for the National WW1 Memorial at Pershing Park on the Stage II Finalist webpage. Our finalists are hard at work refining their concepts. They were back in DC today and yesterday to meet with Design Oversight Committee, the first of two Phase II Reviews.

If you are in the DC area, we invited you to come to Marvin on October 27- 5:30 pm. - 14th and U Streets. All of us from the Commission will be there and we will showcase the 5 final design concepts. Hope to see you there!

Please remember that even if we get the perfect design we can’t build it without donations. We encourage everyone on this call to consider donating. Every dollar counts double thanks to the generosity of our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, which will match your donation. You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. Our Great War men and women deserve a memorial. We can build it.

Read more: Sync-Call Minutes 10-07-15

Sync Call for Wednesday September 30 at Noon EDT
French soldiers going over the top at Champagne, 25 September 1915
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You Can Help the WW1CC!

  1. Make a donation to the Memorial Fund for the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park We can't build this Memorial without your help!.
  2. Send a letter to the US Post Office Stamp Committee to encourage them to make a WW1 stamp series. Please feel free to use this template for your letter. Contact Andrew McGreal with any questions.
  3. We're looking for interns for the Spring semester. If you or someone you know would like to intern, please visit our Internship webpage.
  4. If you are interested in helping with state and regional organization, please let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  5. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to us at no cost to you!.

News and Announcements:

Upcoming Events

League of World War I Aviation Historians Chapter Meeting in Chantilly, VA
The meeting of the mid-Atlantic Chapter of the League of WW1 Aviation Historians is taking place at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA on Saturday October 17. The doors open at 10am. There is no entry fee though parking at the center will cost $15. Check a flyer for this meeting here.

WWI Collaboration Symposium in Lisle, IL
The WWI Historical Association and the League of WWI Aviation Historians' Collaboration Symposium is this Friday and Saturday, October 2 and 3 in Lisle, Illinois. This year’s theme: '1915: Warfare Evolution: New Strategies and Tactics.' WW1CC Upper Mid-West Regional Coordinator Susan Mennenga will give a lunchtime briefing on Friday. For more information, visit the symposium's webpage.

Competition Design Finalist exhibition at Marvin
If you are in the DC area, we invited you to come to Marvin on October 27- 5:30 pm. - 14th and U Streets. All of us from the Commission will be there and we will showcase the 5 final design concepts. Hope to see you there!

National WWI Museum Event: Global War Symposium in Kansas City, MO
From November 6 - 7, the WWI Museum is hosting Global War, 1915: Empires at War, Churchill’s Gallipoli and an America Divided. This symposium will cover topics such as the rising tensions in the United States and throughout the globe in 1915, fighting that occurred in colonies and East Asia, and the stalemate in the West. There is early bird registration, but you have to act fast - the early bird deadline is tomorrow, October 1st. More information is available on the symposium's webpage.

Update from the States

State Commission Status Map, 30 Sept. 2015.

We’ve seen some fresh movement in several states, including Alaska, Arkansas, Montana, and Wyoming. Each of these states were contacted as part of our State Outreach Blitz in August and are beginning to move in promising directions. We look forward to hearing more about them soon enough!

State Outreach Collaboration Call
The National State Outreach Team holds a State Outreach Collaboration Call at noon Eastern time. Volunteers and commemorative bodies across the country dial in and talk about what is working in their respective states. It gives everyone an opportunity to network and to partner up.
Volunteer for state outreach. Contact Andrew McGreal if you are willing to help.

#CountdownToVeteransDay

Last week, we launched our #CountDownToVeteransDay campaign - and it has really taken off! In the first for days of the campaign, we have made over 1.5 million ‘touches’ among our audience! Join the campaign and help us top that number this week and next week. Head onto our Facebook page and twitter page and repost and retweet our posts and tweets. Use the handle #CountDownToVeteransDay with your own posts, too.

This is big! One day isn’t enough to honor our veterans. We’re glad people agree. We encourage everyone to look at Veterans Day not as a ‘day off’ but as a ‘day on’ to volunteer for a Veterans’ organization and to help the community. Remember #CountDownToVeteransDay

We encourage everyone to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and to invite their friends to do the same.

St. Mihiel Trip-Wire - New Edition Now Available

Mike Hanlon of WorldWar1.com has just released the newest issue of his online publication - the St. Mihiel Trip-Wire. The Tripwire explores a whole range of topics related to the First World War. Check it out!

The Dispatch - WW1CC Weekly e-Newsletter

We’ve been sending out our weekly newsletter, The Dispatch, for a couple of weeks now. It’s had a great response with over 500 “opens” each week! It goes out every Monday and provides a one-pager of highlights from the previous week as well as announcements for the upcoming weeks. If you want to start receiving the Dispatch, email Meredith Carr to be added to the roster.

We Need Volunteers

We are looking for folks to help us man a table at the Association of the US Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting that's taking place October 12-14 at the Washington DC Convention Center. The meeting is the largest of its kind, with over 25,000 attendees, and promises to be an exciting show. Volunteers would talk to visitors about WWI, Commission programs, and the WWI Memorial. Any amount of time you would be willing to volunteer would be immensely helpful to us.
Email Chris Isleib to get involved.

The National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park- Design Competition Update

Check out the the five final design concepts for the National WW1 Memorial at Pershing Park on the Stage II Finalist webpage. The finalists met with the WWICC Design Oversight Committee and technical advisers last week. The meeting started the finalists down the long development process that will refine their original design concepts. The original concepts are open to public comment, and the evolved designs will also be put out on display for public comment prior to jury making a final decision in early 2016.

If you are in the DC area, we invited you to come to Marvin on October 27- 5:30 pm. - 14th and U Streets. All of us from the Commission will be there and we will showcase the 5 final design concepts. Hope to see you there!

Please remember that even if we get the perfect design we can’t build it without donations. We encourage everyone on this call to consider donating. Every dollar counts double thanks to the generosity of our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, which will match your donation. You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. Our Great War men and women deserve a memorial. We can build it.

Read more: Sync-Call Minutes 09-30-15

Sync Call for Wednesday September 23 at Noon EDT
Battle of Loos, 25 September 1915
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You Can Help the WW1CC!

  1. Make a donation to the Memorial Fund for the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park We can't build this Memorial without your help!.
  2. Send a letter to the US Post Office Stamp Committee to encourage them to make a WW1 stamp series. Please feel free to use this template for your letter. Contact Andrew McGreal with any questions.
  3. We're looking for interns for the Spring semester. If you or someone you know would like to intern, please visit our Internship webpage.
  4. If you are interested in helping with state and regional organization, please let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  5. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to us at no cost to you!.

News and Announcements:

AASLH

Last week the American Association of State and Local History held their annual conference with participants across the country. AASLH Deputy Director, Bob Beatty, hosted a panel on WWI consisting of Commissioners Dr. Libby O’Connell and Dr. Matt Naylor, Dr. Christine Pittsley from the CT State Library and CT State WWI Committee and Bob Beatty. The room was packed with only standing space left available. Collectively, the panelist addressed the why, what, and how of centennial commemoration. Conference attendees also provided excellent feedback on how the commission can better serve state and local historians who are looking at commemorating the centennial of WWI.

Thank you Bob for having us and thank you to the panelists for being there and spreading the word about commemorating WWI.

Update from the States

State Outreach Collaboration Call
WW1 Memorial to be restored in LAThe National State Outreach Team holds a State Outreach Collaboration Call at noon Eastern time. Volunteers and commemorative bodies across the country dial in and talk about what is working in their respective states. It gives everyone an opportunity to network and to partner up.
Volunteer for state outreach. Contact Andrew McGreal if you are willing to help.

California
Volunteer Courtland Jindra has successfully lobbied the Los Angeles city council to restore a WW1 (and later WW2) memorial in grave disrepair. The memorial, on a traffic island in the the southwest corner of Adams and La Brea, was badly discolored, cracked, and defaced by years of graffiti. After months of agitation, the local American Legion chapter volunteered to pay for a repair assessment, and the City Council picked up the tab for restoration. A re-unveiling ceremony is planned to take place on Memorial Day 2016. Congratulation Courtland - this is a big win for WW1 commemoration!

Maryland
Last Saturday our great volunteers for Maryland put together a meeting of constituents for the Maryland WWI Network. The meeting was well attended, with over 20 people. Some of the organizations/agencies represented were: Governor Hogan's office, Department of Planning, Fort Meade, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland Veteran's Museum, Maryland Humanities Council, Jewish Museum of Maryland, Western Front Association, American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Saving Hallowed Ground, Commission on African American History and Culture, and of course the entire MD WW1 Centennial Committee Volunteer team (Eric Marr, Chris Leins, and Nancy Schaff).

Hawaii
Tomorrow is the kickoff meeting for the Hawaii WW1 Task Force. The meeting will be hosted by the State Office of Veterans Services and will feature a host of speakers including representatives from the VFW, the Friends of the Natatorium, the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, the Hawaii DOD, and the American Legion, among others. The organizers aim to hammer out the Task Force’s goals, structure, composition and steps for the future. Congratulations Hawaii on coming so far so quickly!

Upper Midwest Regional Meeting Recap
Last we held the Upper Midwest Regional Meeting - we had approximately 30 participants from all walks of life in IL, WI, IN, MN - and others that were listening in online. We started an excellent conversation on what can be done in the Upper Midwest and how the commission can better serve stakeholders. We are taking that feedback and re-approaching our state outreach efforts not just to the Upper Midwest to all our stakeholders. Stay tuned for upcoming developments as we retool our outreach efforts to better serve state commissions, our volunteers, and organizations who are looking at commemorating the centennial of WW1.

#CountdownToVeteransDay

The Commission has launched a new social media outreach initiative called #CountdownToVeteransDay.

One day isn’t enough to honor our veterans - so we’ve started this hashtag to honor our veterans for the next 50 days. We are in contact with numerous veterans’ organizations and we will work together to spread awareness about veteran’s services and organizations as well as WW1 veterans and their sacrifice.

Our social media team has developed more than 150 tweets and social media posts; from now until Veterans Day, we will be posting a few tweets per day. With all retweets and reposts, we expect to reach an audience of over half a million over the course of our countdown to Veterans Day - which will include the Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington Cemetery.

In addition, we encourage everyone to look at Veterans Day not only as a ‘day off’ but also as a ‘day on’ for the community. Now and through Veterans Day, organizations can look at the hashtag and at least repost it to spread the good word. These organizations do not have to create new content - spreading the word is just as helpful. Individuals can do the same thing as well.

We encourage everyone to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and to invite their friends to do the same.

We Need Volunteers

We are looking for folks to help us man a table at the Association of the US Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting that's taking place October 12-14 at the Washington DC Convention Center. The meeting is the largest of its kind, with over 25,000 attendees, and promises to be an exciting show. Volunteers would talk to visitors about WWI, Commission programs, and the WWI Memorial. Any amount of time you would be willing to volunteer would be immensely helpful to us.
Email Chris Isleib to get involved.

The National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park- Design Competition Update

Check out the the five final design concepts for the National WW1 Memorial at Pershing Park on the Stage II Finalist webpage. The finalists met with the WWICC Design Oversight Committee and technical advisers last week. The meeting started the finalists down the long development process that will refine their original design concepts. The original concepts are open to public comment, and the evolved designs will also be put out on display for public comment prior to jury making a final decision in early 2016.

Please remember that even if we get the perfect design we can’t build it without donations. We encourage everyone on this call to consider donating. Every dollar counts double thanks to the generosity of our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, which will match your donation. You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. Our Great War men and women deserve a memorial. We can build it.

Read more: Sync-Call Minutes 09-23-15

Sync Call for Wednesday September 16 at Noon EDT
Tsar Nicholas and Grand Duke Nicholas
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You Can Help the WW1CC!

  1. Make a donation to the Memorial Fund for the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park We can't build this Memorial without your help!.
  2. Send a letter to the US Post Office Stamp Committee to encourage them to make a WW1 stamp series. Please feel free to use this template for your letter. Contact Andrew McGreal with any questions.
  3. We're looking for interns for the Spring semester. If you or someone you know would like to intern, please visit our Internship webpage.
  4. If you are interested in helping with state and regional organization, please let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  5. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to us at no cost to you!.

News and Announcements:

National WWI Museum Upcoming Events

In the Know
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 2:00 PM Join the National WWI Museum for the latest conversation in its In the Know series as Kip Lindberg, Director of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps Museum, discusses the development of chemical warfare in history. In particular, he will discuss chemical warfare in WWI, its development and the use of poison gas near the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Loos, when the British deployed gas warfare for the first time.

Hands-on History
Saturdays in September, 11 a.m. History is brought to life during this family-friendly program, where kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts in the Museum main gallery. Included with Museum admission and free for members.

Check out the National WWI Museum's Upcoming Events page for more information.

 

WW1 Symposium

Lisle, IL- Oct 2 and 3
The WWI Historical Association will host their 2015 Symposium, in collaboration with the League of WWI Aviation Historians. You can register for this event on their website's registration page.

 

Update from the States

State Commission Status Map

State Outreach Collaboration Call
Every other Thursday, the National State Outreach Team holds a State Outreach Collaboration Call at noon Eastern time. These calls take place every other Thursday at noon, EST. Volunteers and commemorative bodies across the country dial in and talk about what is working in their respective states. It gives everyone an opportunity to network and to partner up.
As seen in the map above, there are only fourteen white states/territories/districts left. White means that we know of no WWI commemorative activity and need to identify a point of contact. Enlighten us if you know better or know a POC!
Volunteer for state outreach. Contact Andrew McGreal if you are willing to help.

Illinois
Upper Midwest Regional Meeting - Today!
September 16th at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library 11am to 3pm CDT

The Pritzker Military Museum and Library located in Chicago would is hosting a meeting of representatives from the Upper Midwest Region--that’s Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky,Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, South Dakota, and Wisconsin--today. This meeting will serve to increase contact and coordination between these states’ volunteers. WW1CC Executive Director Dan Dayton and Director of Operations Rebekah Wilson are attending to provide an overview of the staff support options available to states as well as the status of the WWI Memorial Design competition and updates from the Commission’s leadership.
You can participate in the meeting remotely via the Livestream broadcast. Visit the PMML’s Livestream page on Sept 16 at 11:00 a.m. Central to view the broadcast. You must have a Livestream account to leave questions or comments. You can create your login at Livestream.com.

 

Hill Update

Commission staff members continue to meet with members and staff on Capitol Hill to generate awareness about the Commission and to ask for support.

Commissioner O’Connell’s Hill Briefing
We had a very enthusiastic response to Dr. O’Connell’s Capitol Hill briefing earlier this month. Her presentation tracked the causes of unrest as a result of the treaty that ended WWI and effects that we are still seeing across the world today, from the Middle East to China. Because it was so well attended, we are working with Congressman Yoder’s staff to schedule another one sometime in mid-October.

Volunteer Congressional Outreach
Your efforts at home are helping! Thank you to everyone who is reaching out to your Senators and Congressmen and women- it is most certainly raising awareness about WWI and putting the Commission on Members’ radars.
A notable success in this regard comes from Indiana. Ms. Lana Johnston in wrote to Indiana Senator Dan Coats asking for support in commemorating the centennial of WWI. Senator Coats wrote a letter back pledging his support for commemoration, whether it be efforts related to the National World War I Museum and Memorial or efforts establish a WW1 memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, D.C. Very exciting news indeed!

 

We Need Volunteers

We are looking for folks to help us man a table at the Association of the US Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting that's taking place October 12-14 at the Washington DC Convention Center. The meeting is the largest of its kind, with over 25,000 attendees, and promises to be an exciting show. Volunteers would talk to visitors about WWI, Commission programs, and the WWI Memorial. Any amount of time you would be willing to volunteer would be immensely helpful to us.
Email Chris Isleib to get involved.

 

The National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park- Design Competition Update

Check out the the five final design concepts for the National WW1 Memorial at Pershing Park on the Stage II Finalist webpage. The finalists met with the WWICC Design Oversight Committee and technical advisers last week. The meeting started the finalists down the long development process that will refine their original design concepts. The original concepts are open to public comment, and the evolved designs will also be put out on display for public comment prior to jury making a final decision in early 2016.

Please remember that even if we get the perfect design we can’t build it without donations. We encourage everyone on this call to consider donating. Every dollar counts double thanks to the generosity of our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, which will match your donation. You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. Our Great War men and women deserve a memorial. We can build it.

Read more: Sync-Call Minutes 09-16-15

Sync Call for Wednesday September 09 at Noon EDT
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You Can Help the WW1CC!

  1. Make a donation to the Memorial Fund for the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park We can't build this Memorial without your help!.
  2. Send a letter to the US Post Office Stamp Committee to encourage them to make a WW1 stamp series. Please feel free to use this template for your letter. Contact Andrew McGreal with any questions.
  3. We're looking for interns for the Spring semester. If you or someone you know would like to intern, please visit our Internship webpage.
  4. If you are interested in helping with state and regional organization, please let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  5. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to us at no cost to you!.

News and Announcements:

Update from the States

State Outreach Status Map, Sept 9, 2015

State Outreach Collaboration Call
Every other Thursday, the National State Outreach Team holds a State Outreach Collaboration Call at noon Eastern time. These calls take place every other Thursday at noon, EST. Volunteers and commemorative bodies across the country dial in and talk about what is working in their respective states. It gives everyone an opportunity to network and to partner up.
As seen in the map above, there are only fourteen white states/territories/districts left. White means that we know of no WWI commemorative activity and need to identify a point of contact. Enlighten us if you know better or know a POC!
Volunteer for state outreach. Contact Andrew McGreal if you are willing to help.

Mississippi
Eight volunteers met with Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes and Chief Operating Officer John Kelly yesterday to discuss plans for Mississippi's involvement with the WWI Centennial Commission's efforts.
Mayor Hewes is on the Bi-Centennial Commission for the State of Mississippi and will share plans regarding WWI with the Bi-Centennial Commission. He will also be in touch with the Governor's office to see how we can coordinate activities.
Additionally, The MS State Board of Education and will pursue the goal of sharing the WWI curriculum/resources with all the teachers in Mississippi. The MS volunteers will also work to get community colleges involved and will pursue the idea of planting poppies along highways in Mississippi.

Illinois
Upper Midwest Regional Meeting - Next Week!
September 16th at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library 11am to 3pm CDT

The Pritzker Museum and Military Library located in Chicago would like to extend an invitation for the volunteer representatives in the Upper Midwest Region--that’s Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky,Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, South Dakota, and Wisconsin--to a collaborative meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to increase contact and coordination between these states’ volunteers and to provide updates on the strides each state has made in the planning efforts for the centennial.
At this gathering, the Commission will provide an overview of the staff support options available to state representatives, as well as the status of the WWI Memorial Design competition and updates from the Commission’s leadership. We encourage you to bring along and share examples of ideas that your state is planning. It is our hope to establish new connections and encourage cross-state collaboration.
Please register for this meeting on the Pritzker Military Museum and Library website or contact Susan Mennenga.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can still participate via the Livestream broadcast. Visit the PMML’s Live Stream page on Sept 16 at 11:00 a.m. Central to view the broadcast. You must have a Livestream account to leave questions or comments. You can create your login at Livestream.com.

 

We Need Volunteers

We are looking for folks to help us man tables at upcoming conventions. Volunteers would talk to visitors about WWI, Commission programs, and the WWI Memorial. Any amount of time you would be willing to volunteer would be immensely helpful to us.

  • The Air Force Association (AFA) Air & Space Conference takes place 14-16 SEPTEMBER. This conference will be held at National Harbor, and includes a number of VIP receptions in the early evening. Over 6,000 military members, contractors, and supporters will attend.
  • The Association of the US Army Annual Meeting takes place on 12-14 OCTOBER. This conference will be at the Washington DC Convention Center downtown, and is the largest of its kind, with over 25,000 attendees, and is an exciting show.

Contact Chris Isleib if you are interested.

 

LA Pershing Park Design Competition

The campaign to revitalize World War One memorials has truly become a national, coast-to-coast effort. Only two weeks after the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission unveiled the five final designs for the renewed Pershing Park in downtown Washington, city leaders in Los Angeles have announced a design competition for Pershing Square, the oldest park in the city. Work on the redesigned park in downtown LA is expected to be completed by 2020, and will be a major factor in the ongoing revitalization of downtown Los Angeles. Learn more about this international design competition here. We will hear from Courtland Jindra, one of outstanding volunteers, next week on how he was a big part of getting this going. You can read about his involvement here on our homepage.

 

The National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park- Design Competition Update

Check out the the five final design concepts for the National WW1 Memorial at Pershing Park on the Stage II Finalist webpage. TPhase II starts today - The finalists are meeting with the WWICC Design Oversight Committee and our technical advisors today at the White House Visitor’s Center here in DC. Today’s meeting will start down the long development process that will refine their original design concepts. The original concepts are open to public comment, and the evolved designs will also be put out on display for public comment prior to jury making a final decision in early 2016.

Please remember that even if we get the perfect design we can’t build it without donations. We encourage everyone on this call to consider donating. Every dollar counts double thanks to the generosity of our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, which will match your donation. You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. Our Great War men and women deserve a memorial. We can build it.

 

Doughboy Award- Gen. Barry McCaffrey

Gen. Barry McCaffrey, special advisor to the WWI Centennial Commission will receive the US Army Infantry School’s 2015 Doughboy Award on September 15th, at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, GA.
The Doughboy Award recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to the United States Army Infantry. The award is presented on behalf of all Infantrymen past and present and is the highest honor the Chief of Infantry can bestow on any Infantryman. Congratulations to Gen. McCaffrey from all of us at the WWICC.

Read more: Sync-Call Minutes 09-09-15

Sync Call for Wednesday September 02 at Noon EDT
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You Can Help the WW1CC!

  1. Make a donation to the Memorial Fund for the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park We can't build this Memorial without your help!.
  2. Send a letter to the US Post Office Stamp Committee to encourage them to make a WW1 stamp series. Please feel free to use this template for your letter. Contact Andrew McGreal with any questions.
  3. We're looking for interns for the Spring semester. If you or someone you know would like to intern, please visit our Internship webpage.
  4. If you are interested in helping with state and regional organization, please let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  5. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to us at no cost to you!.

News and Announcements:

Operation Doorknock: Volunteer Follow-up

Please reach out to your Congresspeople and ask them to support the WW1CC! A phone call, an email, a letter - any of these will help us more than you know. Congress reconvenes September 14, so we’re running out of time to hit them on the Hill - which our staff has done and continues to do - and at home. A word from a constituent is worth a thousand from our staff. Please help us today!

Go to www.house.gov and www.senate.gov to get the contact information for your Senators' and members of Congress's local offices in your state.

Call or e-mail those offices and ask them to become active supporters of the World War One Centennial Commission. Use these Talking Points when you contact your Congressperson and fill out and send to us this Form afterwards. You can be incredibly helpful to the Commission by just spending 15 minutes of your time on a few e-mails and phone calls!

Update from the States

State Outreach Status Map, Aug 31, 2015

Our State outreach efforts are bearing fruit. Commemorative bodies have popped up in several states, the newest of which are in Mississippi, North Dakota, and New Jersey. We want to replicate this across the country by the end of the year. And to do so, we need your help. Volunteer for state outreach. Contact Andrew McGreal if you are willing to help.

Mississippi
Thanks to our friends at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport Mississippi, we are excited to report that a group of volunteers have set up a meeting with the Mayor and other stakeholders on Tuesday, September 8, at 4 :30 p.m.
The State of Mississippi will be celebrating its Bicentennial in 2017, and the hope is that Mississippi will work toward planning a joint celebration of the WWI Centennial as well as its own Bicentennial.

Virginia
The Virginia WWI Centennial Commission met on Monday at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library. Stakeholders from more than 20 different organizations throughout the state were present, including representatives from the VA Dept of Education and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, VA National Guard, MacArthur Memorial, and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum among others.
Additionally, Virginia has successfully established the VA WWI Commemorative Foundation, a 501 c 3 that will raise money for various initiatives throughout the Centennial. They are happy to share the Foundation documents with other states that would like to use it as a template. Email Meredith Carr for more information.

California
Pershing Family wreath laying at San Francisco PresidioThe Pershing Family Remembrance event in San Francisco last Thursday went off without a hitch! A lovely wreath-laying ceremony at the Presidio was followed by a historical talk on the significance of the tragedy on General Pershing and the country as a whole. We’ve posted photos on our Facebook page. Thank you to all our volunteers and everyone who helped out!

Illinois
Upper Midwest Regional Meeting - Are You Going?
September 16th at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library 11am to 3pm CDT

The Pritzker Museum and Military Library located in Chicago would like to extend an invitation for the volunteer representatives in the Upper Midwest Region--that’s Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky,Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, South Dakota, and Wisconsin--to a collaborative meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to increase contact and coordination between these states’ volunteers and to provide updates on the strides each state has made in the planning efforts for the centennial. Additional information will be announced in the near future.
At this gathering, the Commission will provide an overview of the staff support options available to state representatives, as well as the status of the WWI Memorial Design competition and updates from the Commission’s leadership. We encourage you to bring along and share examples of ideas that your state is planning. It is our hope to establish new connections and encourage cross-state collaboration.
Please register for this meeting on the Pritzker Military Museum and Library website or contact Susan Mennenga.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can still participate via the Livestream broadcast. Visit the PMML’s Live Stream page on Sept 16 at 11:00 a.m. Central to view the broadcast. You must have a Livestream account to leave questions or comments. You can create your login at Livestream.com.

Design Competition Update

Check out the the five final design concepts for the National WW1 Memorial at Pershing Park on the Stage II Finalist webpage. The designs will continue to evolve as they go through a long development process. They are open to public comment, and the evolved designs will also be put out for public comment prior to jury making a final decision in early 2016.

Please remember that even if we get the perfect design we can’t build it without donations. We encourage everyone on this call to consider donating. Every dollar counts double thanks to the generosity of our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, which will match your donation. We will include a link in the minutes. Our Great War men and women deserve a memorial. We can build it.

You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. Share this link on social media and on your organization's website--however you can get the word out. We cannot do this without your support. Thank you!

Centennial Countdown to the Great War - New Blog Entry

Dennis Cross, one of our fantastic Kansas state outreach volunteers, publishes a monthly blog called Centennial Countdown to the Great War. As the name suggests, this blog covers events that took place a hundred years ago this month. This month’s entry covers the continuing Allied slog at Gallipoli as well as events taking place in the US and Latin America. You can read the full blog here.

Upcoming Events at the WW1 Museum

The National WW1 Museum continues its monthly “In the Know” series at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20 when Kip Lindberg, Director of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps Museum, discusses the development of chemical warfare in history. In particular, Lindberg will focus on chemical warfare in WWI, its development and the use of poison gas near the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Loos, when the British deployed gas warfare for the first time.

Additionally, Living History volunteers will bring history to life by discussing trench warfare on Sunday, Sept. 13 as they present accounts and artifacts from World War I.

American Legion Convention

Our Director of Communications, Chris Isleib, has been at our booth at the American Legion Convention all week. We’ve made great connections with Legionnaires all across the country and we feel that it has been a great success. General Pershing was on hand at the booth today, taking “Pershing Selfies” with participants. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for snapshots of that! Chairman Rob Dalessandro will speak to the Convention tomorrow.

Read more: Sync-Call Minutes 09-02-15

Sync Call for Wednesday August 26 at Noon EDT
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You Can Help the WW1CC!

  1. Make a donation to the Memorial Fund for the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park We can't build this Memorial without your help!.
  2. Send a letter to the US Post Office Stamp Committee to encourage them to make a WW1 stamp series. Please feel free to use this template for your letter. Contact Andrew McGreal with any questions.
  3. We're still looking for interns for the Fall and Spring semester. If you or someone you know would like to intern, please visit our Internship page.
  4. If you are interested in helping with state and regional organization, please let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  5. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to us at no cost to you!.

News and Announcements:

American Legion Convention

Commission Chairman Rob Dalessandro will speak at the Convention on Thursday, September 3rd. We need volunteers for September 1st and September 2nd to work on behalf of the Commission at the American Legion Conference in Baltimore, MD. Please email Chris Isleib if you have some time or are going to be there.

Operation Doorknock: Volunteer Follow-up

As you know, teams from the WW1CC met with over 30 members of the House and Senate during July and informational packets were dropped off at each member's offices. We conducted that outreach in an effort to raise awareness about the commemorative and educational activities the Commission will be conducting as we prepare for the 100th anniversary of the US entering the Great War, as well as to update them on the design competition for the national memorial site. We received very warm welcomes and almost all of the officials pledged to help the Commission.

During August members of Congress will return to their states and districts - this is a critical time for them to hear from you, their constituents, about your support of the WW1CC. We need you to use the following resources so you can contact your Representative and Senators.

Go to www.house.gov and www.senate.gov to get the contact information for your Senators' and members of Congress's local offices in your state.

Call or e-mail those offices and ask them to become active supporters of the World War One Centennial Commission. Use these Talking Points when you contact your Congressperson and fill out and send to us this Form afterwards. You can be incredibly helpful to the Commission by just spending 15 minutes of your time on a few e-mails and phone calls!

Update from the States

California
Pershing Family Remembrance at the San Francisco Presidio
There will be a Centennial Pershing Family Remembrance held at 2 pm at Pershing Square and the former Officers Club at the San Francisco Presidio on 27 August 2015. The event will include a wreath laying ceremony at the site where Mrs. Frances Pershing and the three Pershing daughters perished in a fire on 27 August 1915, followed by an informational presentation on General Pershing's career and family, and the Presidio during the Great War. General Alfred Valenzuela will represent World War One Centennial Commission at the event. The public is invited. There is no charge for the event, but adjacent parking is metered.

Illinois
Upper Midwest Regional Meeting - Are You Going?
September 16th at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library

The Pritzker Museum and Military Library located in Chicago, Illinois would like to extend an invitation for the volunteer representatives in the Upper Midwest Region -- Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, South Dakota, and Wisconsin -- to a collaborative meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to increase contact and coordination between these states’ volunteers and to provide updates on the strides each state has made in the planning efforts for the centennial.

Invitations for this event will go out by the end of the week. We will also put information up on our website about how to RSVP. Additionally, the event will be webcasted for those participants who cannot attend in person.

Design Competition Update

The five final design concepts have been announced on the WW1CC homepage. You can also view them in detail on the Stage II Finalist webpage.

Stage I of the design competition was the first step in a long development process that includes many different reviews, designed to bring forward the best possible plan for all parties. These designs will be evolved with consideration to our stakeholders. They are open to public comment, and the evolved designs will also be put out for public comment prior to jury making a final decision in early 2016.

Please remember that even if we get the perfect design we can’t build it without donations. We encourage everyone on this call to consider donating. Every dollar counts double thanks to the generosity of our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, which will match your donation. We will include a link in the minutes. Our Great War men and women deserve a memorial. We can build it.

You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. Share this link on social media and on your organization's website--however you can get the word out. We cannot do this without your support. Thank you!

Hill Briefing

Next Wednesday WW1CC Commissioner Dr. Libby O’Connell will provide a briefing on the Hill to several members and their staffs. She will discuss how WW1 is still connected to today’s headline and the WW1CC's mission.

Upcoming Events at the WW1 Museum

Living the Great War
Saturday, August 29 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) & Sunday, August 30 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
In conjunction with the World War I Centennial commemoration, the Museum is sponsoring "Living the Great War" on Aug. 29-30. The free weekend event features the Living History Volunteer Corps and other World War I living historians, who will share their knowledge and invite the public to inspect their collections in a camp setting on the Museum grounds. Living historians will also offer educational programs about weapons each day at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., while the Kansas City Dawn Patrol will have several replicated WWI-era aircraft on display. Free to the public.

Planning for an Inevitable War?: The Plattsburg Training Camp Movement
Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 6:30 PM
Join author Nancy Peterson Hill and Dr. Shawn Faulkner, professor at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and winner of the 2013 Society for Military History Book award, as they look at an American response to the world’s war, a voluntary, organized training camp before military service in a presentation in conjunction with the Museum’s special exhibition Sand to Snow: Global War 1915. Free to the public with RSVP.

Read more: Sync-Call Minutes 08-26-15

Sync Call for Wednesday August 19 at Noon EDT
US Army pilots and a Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" trainer plane in Amarillo, TX, circa 1918.
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Help the WW1CC this Week!

  1. Help the Commission build the WW1 Memorial! Make a donation to the Memorial Fund for the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park.
  2. Sending a letter to the US Post Office Stamp Committee to encourage them to make a WW1 stamp series. Use this template for your letter. Contact Andrew McGreal with any questions.
  3. If you are interested in helping with state and regional organization, please let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  4. If you or someone you know is looking for an internship opportunity, head over to or send them to the WW1CC Internship page.
  5. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to us at no cost to you!.

News and Announcements:

Operation Doorknock: Volunteer Follow-up

As you know, teams from the WW1CC met with over 30 members of the House and Senate during July and informational packets were dropped off at each member's offices. We conducted that outreach in an effort to raise awareness about the commemorative and educational activities the Commission will be conducting as we prepare for the 100th anniversary of the US entering the Great War, as well as to update them on the design competition for the national memorial site. We received very warm welcomes and almost all of the officials pledged to help the Commission.

During August members of Congress will return to their states and districts - this is a critical time for them to hear from you, their constituents, about your support of the WW1CC. We need you to use the following resources so you can contact your Representative and Senators.

Go to www.house.gov and www.senate.gov to get the contact information for your Senators' and members of Congress's local offices in your state.

Call or e-mail those offices and ask them to become active supporters of the World War One Centennial Commission. Use these Talking Points when you contact your Congressperson and fill out and send to us this Form afterwards. You can be incredibly helpful to the Commission by just spending 15 minutes of your time on a few e-mails and phone calls!

State Outreach Blitz

State Commissions Status Map as of August 19

The Blitz was a huge success. With only a handful of volunteers, we put a huge dent in states without commemorative bodies. You can make an impact like this too! We need people who are willing to pick up the phone and make some phone calls. Contact Rebekah Wilson if you're willing to help out with this!

American Legion Convention

Commission Chairman Rob Dalessandro will speak at the Convention on Thursday, September 3rd. We need volunteers for September 1st and September 2nd to work on behalf of the Commission at the American Legion Conference in Baltimore, MD. Please email Chris Isleib if you have some time or are going to be there.

Announcement from Sal Compagno, President of the League of WW1 Aviation Historians

Mr. Compagno discussed two upcoming events:

  • The First Air War Symposium on September 19 at San Jose State University will feature speakers Jim Davilla, Steve Suddaby, Jack Herris, and Jack Tunstall, and will showcase art, model, game and book displays. More information can be found on the Commission's Event Calendar.
  • The WW1 Collaboration Symposium on October 2 and 3 in Lisle, Illinois will have several special events and features to include model displays and a 1915 themed model contest, WWI re-enactors and militaria displays, gamers including the Fight in the Skies gang, and various WWI related vendors. More information is available on the WW1CC Event Calendar (October 02 and October 03).

Update from the States

Kansas
The initial meeting of the Kansas WW1 Centennial Commemoration Committee
The Kansas committee had a great first meeting last Friday, August 14 with WW1 Centennial Commissioner Whitfield in attendance. The Governor of Kansas passed Chairman Dalessandro's letter on to the Kansas Historical Society which, in turn, named Mary Madden, Director of the Kansas Museum of History, as the Committee's Chairman. It's mission is to "Raise Awareness of Kansas role and contributions in World War 1" and it is currentley working to develop a Kansas WW1 Logo. The Committee plans to reconvene in a few months time.

Tennessee
The Tennessee Great War Commission’s website is now live! We encourage everyone to check out how Alvin York’s great state plans to commemorate the First World War. Visit the TGWC's website here.

California
Pershing Family Remembrance at the San Francisco Presidio
There will be a Centennial Pershing Family Remembrance held at 2 pm at Pershing Square and the former Officers Club at the San Francisco Presidio on 27 August 2015. The event will include a wreath laying ceremony at the site where Mrs. Frances Pershing and the three Pershing daughters perished in a fire on 27 August 1915, followed by an informational presentation on General Pershing's career and family, and the Presidio during the Great War. General Alfred Valenzuela will represent World War One Centennial Commission at the event. The public is invited. There is no charge for the event, but adjacent parking is metered.

Illinois
Upper Midwest Regional Meeting - Save the Date
September 16th at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library

The Pritzker Museum and Military Library located in Chicago, Illinois would like to extend an invitation for the volunteer representatives in the Upper Midwest Region -- Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, South Dakota, and Wisconsin -- to a collaborative meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to increase contact and coordination between these states’ volunteers and to provide updates on the strides each state has made in the planning efforts for the centennial. Additional information will be announced in the near future.

Design Competition Update

As you all know, Phase 1 of our Design Competition ended a few weeks ago. The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here-
We have officially revealed the five finalist design concepts!

Check them out here! Please remember that these are concepts and will evolve over the course of this project.

The Commission would like to thank each and every Stage I participant. They provided us with over 350 works of art, and each design concept that was submitted is a meaningful and enduring tribute to the veterans of WW1. All Stage I submissions will remain available on the Design Competition Website as a part of the permanent record of the World War 1 Centennial Commission.

Stage I of the design competition was the first step in a long development process that includes many different reviews, designed to bring forward the best possible plan for all parties. These include environmental, cultural, historical, engineering, budgetary, and livability reviews. We have been partnering closely with the stakeholder organizations to listen to as many voices as possible, and to bring forward the best possible plan. Those stakeholder partners include the National Park Service, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, the National Capital Planning Commission, and the Pershing family, among others. History has shown us that the best memorial projects are those that listen to as many voices as possible.

In Stage II, the Participants will evolve their design concepts for the memorial and present their designs while fulfilling the needs requirements set out by our Commission and by our stakeholder partners. The next stage of development promises to be a challenging one for each team. We plan to make these developed design concepts public, and to invite the public to comment on them, as well.

We hope to announce the final design concept selection of this competition early next year.

Please remember that even if we get the perfect design we can’t build it without donations. We encourage everyone on this call to consider donating. Every dollar counts double thanks to the generosity of our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, which will match your donation. We will include a link in the minutes. Our Great War men and women deserve a memorial. We can build it.

You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. Share this link on social media and on your organization's website--however you can get the word out. We cannot do this without your support. Thank you!

Merchandise

We’re happy to announce that we will soon have WWI Centennial Commission merchandise available for sale on our website! C. Forbes, Inc. in Richmond, VA will be producing our products. They have a fantastic track record and will produce some really great stuff for use. Everything will be 100% made in America. We will include a link in subsequent Sync Calls once the online store is up and running.

Read more: Sync-Call Minutes 08-19-15

Sync Call for Wednesday August 12 at Noon EDT
German Cavalrymen in Warsaw, 1915.
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How You Can Help the WW1CC this Week:

  1. Consider making a donation to the Memorial Fund for the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park.
  2. Help us get a WW1 series of stamps by sending in a letter to the US Post Office Stamp Committee using this template. Email Andrew McGreal with any questions.
  3. If you are interested in helping with state and regional organization, please let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  4. If you or someone you know is looking for an internship opportunity, head over to or send them to the WW1CC Internship page.
  5. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to us!.

 

News and Announcements:

Operation Doorknock: Volunteer Follow-up

As you know, teams from the WW1CC met with over 30 members of the House and Senate during July and informational packets were dropped off at each member's offices. We conducted that outreach in an effort to raise awareness about the commemorative and educational activities the Commission will be conducting as we prepare for the 100th anniversary of the US entering the Great War, as well as to update them on the design competition for the national memorial site. We received very warm welcomes and almost all of the officials pledged to help the Commission.

During August members of Congress will return to their states and districts - this is a critical time for them to hear from you, their constituents, about your support of the WW1CC. We need you to use the following resources so you can contact your Representative and Senators.

Go to www.house.gov and www.senate.gov to get the contact information for your Senators' and members of Congress's local offices in your state.

Then call or e-mail those offices and ask them to become active supporters of the World War One Centennial Commission. Use these Talking Points and fill out and send to us this Form afterwards. You can be very helpful to the Commission by just spending 15 minutes of your time on a few e-mails and phone calls!

State Outreach Blitz

State Commission Status MapVolunteers by State

You can see from the map we have a lot of states whose activity seem to be unreported. We have other states where we need more help.

WE NEED YOUR HELP.

Tomorrow, Thursday August 13, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm EDT we will conduct a push to contact a long list of organizations and offices that may help us with our state outreach efforts. We NEED VOLUNTEERS to help us with this telethon. You don’t have to be from the states in question and we will provide talking points and a list of people and offices to contact. Please help us make these calls. Contact Andrew McGreal if you would like to help or would like more information.

American Legion Convention

We need volunteers who have some time to spend with us on Sep 1st and 2nd at the American Legion Conference in Baltimore, MD. Please email Chris Isleib if you have some time or are going to be there.

Update from the States

North Carolina
The North Carolina Dept. of Transportation with support of the Garden Club of NC has created a proposal to the NC WWI Centennial Committee to plant poppies in honor of the commemoration along North Carolina roadsides. They are happy to share their plan with other states- list of seed sources, best materials, best practices, etc. Encourage your state to consider this- we can put you in touch with the folks in North Carolina that prepared the plan. Additionally, you can check out the plan here.

Ohio
The Ohio Historical Center is making a state-wide call for war memorabilia from Ohio service men and women. The center is asking citizens to donate any items related to your or a family member's military service, such as mementos that carry personal significance, photographs, letters, objects used during service, etc. It does not have to be WW1. By donating your items, you can ensure that they will be known to future generation and not lost to time.

Kansas
The initial meeting of the Kansas WW 1 Centennial Commemoration Committee will take place at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 14, 2015 in the Kansas Museum of History, 6425 SW Sixth Avenue Topeka, KS. The meeting is being chaired by Mary Madden, Director of the Kansas Museum of History and Kansas Historical Society. One of our early Kansas state outreach volunteer, James Patton will be in attendance, as will Commissioner Jim Whitfield. This meeting is a direct result of Chairman Dalessandro's letter to Governor Brownback- so we are excited about that. Stay tuned for more from Kansas!

Hawaii
Hawaii is in the process of setting up its very own commission, thanks in no small part to the efforts of our volunteer and Hawaii Committee Liaison Col. Arthur Tulak (Ret.). The Committee is forming with participation from the State Government, the Academic community, and Veterans organizations. Its kick-off meeting is tentatively set for September. It will initially focus on developing a Hawaii WWI timeline and a dedicated website to share that timeline. Congrats to everyone in Hawaii for making such quick progress! Check out a short news clip here.

California- Pershing Family Remembrance at the San Francisco Presidio
There will be a Centennial Pershing Family Remembrance held at 2 pm at Pershing Square and the former Officers Club at the San Francisco Presidio on 27 August 2015. The event will include a wreath laying ceremony at the site where Mrs. Frances Pershing and the three Pershing daughters perished in a fire on 27 August 1915, followed by an informational presentation on General Pershing's career and family, and the Presidio during the Great War. General Alfred Valenzuela will represent World War One Centennial Commission at the event. The public is invited. There is no charge for the event, but adjacent parking is metered.

Tennessee Great War Commission - First Annual Commemorative Events
Tennessee’s Great War Commission will kick-off their commemorative activities November 6-7 at six different venues in Nashville, TN. The focus of the events is on Tennessee and Tennesseans who were involved in the war before U.S. intervention in 1917. Stories of men and women, many of whom have long been forgotten, will be presented in a variety of ways.

Virginia
Next meeting of the VA WWI Centennial Committee will be on Monday, Aug 31, in Staunton, VA

Upper Midwest Regional Meeting - Save the Date
September 16th at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library

The Pritzker Museum and Military Library located in Chicago, Illinois would like to extend an invitation for the volunteer representatives in the Upper Midwest Region -- Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, South Dakota, and Wisconsin -- to a collaborative meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to increase contact and coordination between these states’ volunteers and to provide updates on the strides each state has made in the planning efforts for the centennial. Additional information will be announced in the near future.

Design Competition Update

The week before last, Phase 1 of our Design Competition ended. We posted the submitted memorial plans to our website, and since then they’ve gotten quite a bit of attention!There have been over 6,000 unique visits to the designs’ web page and 30,000 plus views of individual designs! In addition, we’ve received more than 1000 public comments on the submitted memorial layouts. You can see all of the submissions for yourself on the First Round Submission page of our website.

Please remember that even if we get the perfect design we can’t build it without donations. We encourage everyone on this call to consider donating. Every dollar counts double thanks to the generosity of our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, which will match your donation. We will include a link in the minutes. Our Great War men and women deserve a memorial. We can build it.

You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. Share this link on social media and on your organization's website--however you can get the word out. We cannot do this without your support. Thank you!

Merchandise

We’re happy to announce that we will soon have WWI Centennial Commission merchandise available for sale on our website! C. Forbes, Inc. in Richmond, VA will be producing our products. They have a fantastic track record and will produce some really great stuff for use. Everything will be 100% made in America. We will include a link in subsequent Sync Calls once the online store is up and running.

Read more: Sync-Call Minutes 08-12-15

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