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WW1 Centennial News

CN PodcastLogo Final gray lowerWWI Centennial News is a weekly audio podcast, recorded with a live audience at Noon Eastern every Wednesday.
It's about WWI THEN: 100 Years ago this week;
It's about WWI NOW: The Centennial and commemoration
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Sync Call for Wednesday June 03 at Noon EST
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1. News and Announcements:

New Chief Development Officer

The WWICC is pleased to introduce our new Chief Development Officer, Roger Fisk. Roger is from Boston and has worked on the last three presidential campaigns for John Kerry and Barrack Obama. He has served President Obama in a number of capacities since Jan 2007.

Roger Fisk has been involved peripherally with the WWICC for the past 7 to 8 months and is excited to be an official part of it. He thinks it is great to a part of something that reaches back to the past but will have such importance going forward, and he believes it's an honor to be able to work on something such as this that would honor the thousands of Americans who fought and died for their country.

 

Medal of Honor Ceremony Yesterday at the White House

As we mentioned last week, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to Army Sgt. William Shemin and Private Henry Johnson in a ceremony at the White House. The story has obviously received stories on the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and on ABCnews.com

Our partners at the History Channel have also produced an article and video about the Harlem Hellfighters and Henry Johnson’s story of valor and courage. It’s a moving piece and I encourage you to watch.

 

Design Competition Details

As you know, last week we officially announced the our competition for the design of the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park! Details about the competition, as well as the competition manual can be found here.

You can also help make this restoration a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund.

They deserve a memorial. We can build it for them. 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.

 

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1. News and Announcements:

Memorial Day Weekend Recap

  • At the National WWI Museum at Liberty MemorialCommissioner James Whitfield and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver meet at Memorial Day weekend festivities at the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial
    • This last weekend the National WWI Memorial and Museum hosted 10 very successful events. This is the first time for these events to be done as the National WWI Memorial and Museum. This included a Memorial Day ceremony coupled with free admission to the museum with visitors to the memorial numbering in the 10,000 plus. Sunday night the KC symphony also played free and open to the public and was finished with a Firework display the WWI Memorial. What an amazing weekend in Kansas City. The WWI Memorial and Museum did a great job making WWI a focal point for Memorial day while honoring all those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom - we look forward to our commemorative partnership with this great proponent for WWI moving forward.
  • Dave Lockard and Commissioner Edwin Fountain ride in a 15-ton WWI vintage Packard truck during the 2015 Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC.In Washington DC
    • On Saturday and Monday at the US Navy Memorial, the Commission had a booth set up during several wreath laying ceremonies. The booth had a lot of foot traffic and received a lot of attention from attendees.
    • On Monday, Commissioner Fountain rode with Dave Lockard on his WWI vintage Packard truck during the DC Memorial Day in front of approximately 200,000 parade watchers.

 

 

Virginia World War One Centennial Commission Website
We are happy to report that the Virginia WWI Centennial Commission website is live! As you know, Virginia is the first state to take advantage of this opportunity, You can find it here!

Much of the work put into making this latest project a reality was led by Dr. Lynn Rainville, a Research Professor in the Humanities at Sweet Briar College and a member of the Virginia WWI Centennial Committee. Dr. Rainville’s background is in history and anthropology. She has been studying WWI for the past year while documenting and writing a book on WWI memorials in Virginia.

She was then asked to be the webmaster for Virginia's centennial efforts. The page for Virginia's centennial commission can now be found on the national site. Dr. Rainville hopes the site can be used as a template for other states who hope to create a website for their centennial commissions. That being said, she encourages other states to be creative with their websites and to commemorate WWI’s centennial period as they see fit.

Design Competition Details

As you know, last week we officially announced the our competition for the design of the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park! Details about the competition, as well as the competition manual can be found here.

You can also help make this restoration a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund.

They deserve a memorial. We can build it for them. 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.

The Devil Dogs
The Commission has recently endorsed a film project entitled: The Devil Dogs. The film is about the remembrance of the Battle of Belleau Wood and of the American Marines who came to France in 1918 to fight for freedom at the cost of 7000 lives. This battle remains a founding element in the history of the Marine Corps and is the Battle in which the Germans nicknamed the Marines “Devil Dogs” for their courage and persistence in battle. The films follows the passionate guide Gilles Lagin, as he leads the descendants of the soldiers of the Great War in the tracks of their ancestors. Here is a link to their Facebook page and their website.

  

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Sync Call for Wednesday May 20 at Noon EST
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1. News and Announcements:

Pvt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin will receive Medal of Honor

Exciting news! Last week the White House announced that WWI soldiers Sgt. William Shemin and Pvt. Henry Johnson will each receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for their actions in the war.Sgt. William Shemin

Sergeant William Shemin will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as a member of the 47th Infantry Regiment, American Expeditionary Forces. While serving as a rifleman from August 7-9, 1918, Sergeant Shemin left the cover of his platoon's trench and crossed open space, repeatedly exposing himself to heavy machine gun and rifle fire to rescue the wounded. After officers and senior non-commissioned officers had become casualties, Shemin took command of the platoon and displayed great initiative under fire, until he was wounded, August 9.

Pvt. Henry JohnsonPrivate Henry Johnson will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as a member of the 369th Infantry Regiment, American Expeditionary Forces. Private Johnson entered the Army on June 5, 1917. He was assigned to an all-black National Guard unit that would later become the 369th Infantry Regiment. The Regiment was ordered into battle in 1918, and Private Johnson and his unit were brigaded with a French Army colonial unit in front-line combat. While on night sentry duty on May 15, 1918, Private Johnson and a fellow Soldier received a surprise attack by a German raiding party consisting of at least 12 soldiers. While under intense enemy fire and despite receiving significant wounds, Johnson mounted a brave retaliation resulting in several enemy casualties. When his fellow soldier was badly wounded, Private Johnson prevented him from being taken prisoner by German forces. Private Johnson exposed himself to grave danger by advancing from his position to engage an enemy soldier in hand-to-hand combat. Displaying great courage, Private Johnson held back the enemy force until they retreated.

The award ceremony will take place on June 2.

For more information, visit: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/05/14/president-obama-award-medal-honor

 

Virginia World War I Centennial Commission Website 

We are happy to report that the VA WWI Centennial Commission website is nearing completion. Virginia is the first state to take advantage of the opportunity to house their state website within our national www.worldwar1centennial.org. Their site will go live next week on May 26! You can check them out on the Virginia WWICC Facebook page as well.

 

GI Film Festival 2015

The GI Film Festival is happening now in Fairfax and Washington DC. It will include three WWI movies including Never Forgotten by the ABMC which premieres on Saturday at 3:30pm as well as The Millionaires' Unit and Soldiers' Stories which show on Sunday at 3 and 3:30 respectively. Check out our calendar for details.

 

Design Competition Press Announcement

As we announced last week, tomorrow is the our official unveiling of the design competition for the WWI Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, DC. It will be at the National Press Club at 2pm. This is open to the public and afterward the memorial design competition portion of our website will go live. This is very exciting to us, we can't wait to see submissions and move this along.

A big thank you to our Dir. of Communications, Chris Isleib, for his work on this. There have been several stories on this already:

Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/14/wwi-commission-plans-contest-design-long-awaited-m/

NPS Press Release story: http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/05/national-park-service-considering-national-world-war-i-memorial-national-mall26636

The AP Wire story is now out on about 50-60 outlets nationally. Here's a small sample:

 

Google Photosphere

A new challenge for our listeners: as you know, we are trying to digitize our efforts in commemorating the centennial. You can help us do it! Just Download Google's Camera app to your phone and use the PhotoSphere setting to take 360° pictures of your local WWI monuments and memorials. The app shows you where to point the camera and then stitches the photos together to create the image. Send them in to us and we'll post the best submissions!

Check out this link for a tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UozBwluWW0M

And this link for more information: https://www.google.com/maps/about/contribute/photosphere/

 

Memorial Day Weekend Events

In Washington, DC:

There will be several ceremonies at the US Navy Memorial in Washington DC:

  • On Saturday at 11am: Rolling Thunder Wreath Laying Ceremony
  • On Monday:
    • 10am EDT: Fleet Reserve Association Wreath Laying Ceremony
    • 1pm EDT: USN Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony with USN Band & Ceremonial Guard
    • 2pm EDT: Veterans Writing Project presentation

Monday: American Veterans' Center National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC
Chairman Rob Dalessandro will ride in the WWI Packard Truck with our awesome volunteer, Dave Lockard. Parade will commence at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW. It will proceed west down Constitution, past the White House, ending at 17th Street. Participants will pass by the nation's monuments, museums, and hundreds of thousands of spectators waving their flags and cheering for our country's heroes – the men and women who wear the uniform of our armed forces.

In Los Angeles:

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will open its gates for veterans as a tribute to their service to our country. The Coliseum was commissioned in 1921 as a memorial to Los Angeles County veterans of The Great War and was rededicated on Nov. 11, 1968, in ceremonies commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, to all who served in the United States Armed Forces during World War 1. The plaque commemorating this occasion is inscribed with the words "Lest We Forget...May the Torch of Freedom Always Burn Bright." Self-Guided Tours will be offered from 10am-4pm while Guided Tours will be offered at10:30am and 1:30pm. Head of Los Angeles Outreach for the United States World War One Centennial Commission, Courtland Jindra, will be speaking at the beginning of the Guided Tours regarding the history of WWI and the Coliseum.

In Richmond:

The Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities will present a program in honor of our nation's veterans on Monday, May 25, at 4:00 p.m. at the World War I Memorial Carillon in Byrd Park. Featured will be a concert on the Carillon bells by longtime city carillonneur Larry Robinson, and a vocal concert by renowned barbershop group The Virginians. Please call (804)646-3680 for more information.

At the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial

The National World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO is hosting 10 events this Memorial Day weekend. Check them out on their website! https://theworldwar.org/memorialday2015

 

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Sync Call for Wednesday May 13 at Noon EST
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1. News and Announcements:

Recap of Lusitania eventsDiplomats, dignitaries and Commissioners at the NYC Lusitania Wreath Laying Ceremony
Our NYC Lusitania wreath-laying ceremony was a success! Diplomats, dignitaries, and descendants joined us to pay their respects to the victims of the tragic sinking. We have a short video of the event available on the WWICC Homepage. Our panel on the Lusitania in Washington DC went just as well as its NYC counterpart, receiving coverage on CSPAN.
A big thank you to everyone who made either event possible!

Recap of the Embassy Events for EU day
Our participation in the EU Embassy Open Houses went well. We had over 10,000 visitors at UK Embassy and 3,200 at Belgium Embassy, meaning we exposed 13,200+ people to the WWICC and our mission over 6 hours! As a result, we've gained a multitude of new social media followers and two pages of volunteer candidates. A special thanks goes out to the volunteers who helped that effort.

All Government Briefing
Next Thursday, May 21, we will hold an all government briefing at the US Navy Memorial. Here we will brief our Ex Officio Members, Advisors and partner agencies on our mission, timeline and significant events.

Design Competition Press Announcement
This is the announcement many of you have been waiting for... We will announce the design competition for the WWI Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, DC on Thursday May 21, 2015 at the National Press Club at 2pm. The announcement is open to the public and afterward that portion of our website will go live. This is very exciting to us, we can't wait to see submissions and move this along.

National WWI Museum Memorial Day Weekend Events
The National World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO is hosting 10 events over the course of the Memorial Day weekend. As the commemoration of the Centennial of World War I (2014-19) continues, the Museum serves as a fitting place to honor and recognize the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country during Memorial Day Weekend.
For more information:https://theworldwar.org/memorialday2015

We Need Volunteers!
See the listings below!

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Sync Call for Wednesday May 06 at Noon EST
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1. News and Announcements:

Gov. Nathan Deal signing the GA Comm. into existence

Georgia WWI Centennial Commission Established
Exciting news from Georgia! Yesterday, Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill establishing the Georgia WWI Centennial Commission. Congratulations to the Commissioner Seefried and the Georgia state outreach team! Their hard work has paid off. Additionally, the Alabama Archives Department has appointed a WWI liaison and is holding a symposium on establishing a WWI Committee in late June.

Google PhotoSphere
A new challenge for our volunteers: Download Google's Camera app to your phone and use the PhotoSphere setting to take 360° pictures of your local WWI monuments and memorials. The app shows you where to point the camera and then stitches the photos together to create the image. Send them in to us and we'll post the best!
Check out this tutorial and this link for more information.

The World War I Memorial Inventory Project is also looking for pictures of local monuments and memorials. The project can be reached via email or the WWI Memorial Inventory Project Facebook page.

ATTENTION HISTORIANS:
We are working on our proposal to the US Postal Service Stamp Committee. This proposal is suggesting a series of stamps through 2017 through 2019. As a part of the proposal for the stamps we are including one-page information sheets for each of the topics we are suggesting. We would need it back by 20 May - so please don't take a topic if you can't return it by that date. If you are interested, contact Rebekah Wilson, rwilson@worldwar1centennial.org

We Urgently Need Volunteers!
May 9th is the EU Embassies' Open Houses. We need volunteers to staff tables at the UK and Belgian embassies. Please contact Rebekah Wilson,rwilson@worldwar1centennial.org

We Need More Volunteers

  • We need a volunteer in the Washington DC area to guide Dave Lockard and his Packard truck from Rt. 15 in Virginia to Fort McNair before the Memorial Day parade. Please email rwilson@worldwar1centennial.org.
  • Memorial Weekend at the US Navy Memorial—Saturday May 23 and Monday May 25. We need people to man a table during several wreath laying ceremonies at the memorial. Please email rwilson@worldwar1centennial.org.
  • We're looking for a volunteer who knows how to write grants. Please contact Meredith Carr.
  • Thank you for your emails about help with put together a WWICC Newsletter. Chris Isleib will be reaching out with a plan going forward.

Amazon Smile Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is fast approaching. Please shop on SMILE.AMAZON.COM! At no cost to you, Amazon will donate ½ percent of your purchase to a charity of your choice. Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization.

Tomorrow is the Centenary of the Lusitania Sinking
We have two events to commemorate the tragedy:
The first is the Lusitania Wreath Laying in NYC at Pier A, Battery March, 10AM
The second is a Lusitania Panel at the National Press Club in Washington DC at 6:30pm (register at http://www.press.org/events/lusitania-centennial-event)
We have a lot of people for the New York event, but only a few for the DC event. We encourage everyone in the area for either event to attend!

Washington Scholars
On May 3 in Washington, DC, a group of young men from the Washington Scholars Internship Programs and American University presented the first annual event to commemorate WWI poet John McCrae who 100 hundred years to the day wrote the poem "In Flanders Fields." The poem has become an enduring expression of the loss and tragedy of the Great War. The event also served as the kickoff for the creation of the Lt. Col. John McCrae, M.D. Fellowship, which will pay for retired soldiers to pursue work in the arts in the Washington area. The fellowship aims to continue McCrae's dream of the creating beauty in any and all situations, no matter how dire.

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Sync Call for Wednesday April 29 at Noon EST
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1. News and Announcements:

  • Volunteer Opportunities
    • We’re looking for a volunteer who knows how to write grants, and
    • Somebody to help with put together a WWICC Newsletter. The content will be provided, for the most part; We need someone to edit and format it
    • Email meredith.carr@worldwar1centennial.org.
  • Pershing Rifles Sale
    • The Pershing Rifles Foundation is selling two prints of General Pershing to raise money for the Pershing Rifles. One is of Pershing as ‘General of the Armies’ in 1921 and the other is of Lt. Pershing and his cadet leadership at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1893. A percentage of these sales will go to towards supporting the Commission. Check them out at https://theprgroup.org/foundation/store/
  • Amazon Smile Mother’s Day
    • Mother’s Day is fast approaching. Please shop on SMILE.AMAZON.COM! At no cost to you, Amazon will donate ½ percent of your purchase to a charity of your choice. Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization.
  • NYC Lusitania Wreath Laying, May 7
    • On Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 10am, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission will host a wreath-laying ceremony at City Pier A, in Manhattan’s Battery Park, New York City, to honor the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the RMS Lusitania
  • Washington DC Lusitania Panel, May 7
    • On May 7th, 2015, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission will host a panel discussion at the NATIONAL PRESS CLUB in Washington, DC, at 6:30pm to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the RMS Lusitania.
    • PLEASE REGISTER: on the NPC site: http://www.press.org/events/lusitania-centennial-event
  • Herbert the Humanitarian
    • There’s currently an ongoing exhibit at the Hoover Library-Museum in West Branch, IA called “The Making of the Great Humanitarian: Herbert Hoover and World War I. The exhibit highlights the humanitarian side of Hoover and also includes a mock-up trench and a replica of the SS Hannah. If you’re in the area, check it out! More information at http://www.hooverassociation.org/newsevents/hoovercookie.php
  • Naval Heritage Center’s “Authors on Deck” Series:  21st Century Sims
    • On May 27 at noon, as part of its “Authors on Deck” Series, the Naval Heritage Center in Washington DC will host Lt. Commander Benjamin Armstrong as he discusses his newest book, 21st Century Sims. This book examines the turn-of-the-20th century Admiral William Sims’ often-overlooked role at the forefront of naval affairs. More information at http://navymemorial.org/

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Sync Call for Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Noon EST
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1. News and Announcements

    • A big welcome Susan Mennenga, WWI Project Manager from Pritzker Military Museum and Library, the founding sponsor of the US WWI Centennial Commission.  Susan is here in Washington this week and we look forward to working with her.  Thanks Susan and PMML for your support.

    • ANZAC Day is coming up this Saturday, April 25. This day originally honored the Australians and New Zealanders who fought at Gallipoli; now it is a day of remembrance for Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in any war or conflict. There are several ANZAC Day events being held across the country including:
      • In Washington DC on April 25 there will be a dawn memorial service at 5:45 am at the Korean Veterans War Memorial and aCommemorative Church Service at 10:00am at the Washington National Cathedral.
      • In New York City on the 25th, there will be a dawn service at the Vietnam Veterans Plaza at 5:45am and on April 26, there will be a commemorative service at 10:30am at the ANZAC Memorial Garden (RSVP required).
      • In San Diego at 8am on April 25 there will be a commemorative service at the USS Midway.
      • At the National Cemetery Rostrum Flagpole in Westwood, CA there will be commemorative services starting at 10am
      • Make sure to check if an RSVP is necessary for the event. Also, check out your local Australian or New Zealand Consulate for ANZAC events that aren’t listed.

    • To mark the 100th anniversary of Lt. Col. John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” and to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice, Flander’s House is hosting the Annual In Flanders Fields Memorial Tuesday, May 12, at 10:00 AM at Clinton War Memorial in De Witt Clinton Park, NYC. Please confirm your attendance before May 1 by RSVPing to 2014-18@flandershouse.org

 

  • NYC Lusitania Wreath Laying on Thursday May 7
  • Washington DC Lusitania Panel on Thursday May 7
  • Mention we are getting closer to announcing the Design Competition for the national WWI Memorial at Pershing Park- More details are coming soon  - stay tuned. Let people know that it is coming. Get your design hats on- all are welcome and encourage to submit a design.

  • Col. Terry Finnegan: Col. Finnegan is author of two works on WWI.  The first, Shooting the Front by Terrence Finnegan, is on aerial recon has received great attention internationally.  His second, recently reviewed and recommended to us by Mike Hanlon, is titled A Delicate Affair.  In A Delicate Affair, Col. Finnegan examines how America learned to fight a modern war in the Woëvre trenches. After doing research on the Woëvre trenches Col. Finnegan unearthed the story of Louis Ziegra. Col. Finnegan believes that Ziegra’s bravery deserves to be recognized with a Medal of Honor.  
          

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Sync Call for Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12 pm EST
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1. News and Announcements

  1. A CALL TO ARMS: We need volunteers!
    1. Belgian Embassy Open House—Saturday May 09. There will be a small WWI exhibit. We are looking for volunteers to help us staff this event. It will go from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Ideally volunteers would work in two to three hour shifts passing out information about the commission and our activities.
    2. Sometime in the days leading up to the Memorial Day parade, we’ll need a street-savvy navigator to guide Dave Lockard and his Packard truck from Rt. 15 to Fort McNair.
    3. Memorial Weekend at the US Navy Memorial—Saturday May 23 and Monday May 25. We need people to man a table during several wreath laying ceremonies at the memorial.
    4. Please email rwilson@worldwar1centennial.org.
  2. ABMC WWI Movie
    1. The American Battlefields Monument Commission will host a screening of its documentary Never Forgotten on Friday, April 17, 7pm at the Forman Theater at American University. Attendance will be first come, first serve. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-war-i-film-screening-never-forgotten-registration-15616441196
  3. NYC Lusitania Wreath Laying on Thursday May 7
    1. On Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 10am, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission will host a wreath-laying ceremony at City Pier A, in Manhattan’s Battery Park, New York City, to honor the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the RMS Lusitania. This event is free and open to the public. http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/events/lusitania-sinking-centennial-event-new-york-city.html
  4. Washington DC Lusitania Panel on Thursday May 7
    1. On May 7th, 2015, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission will host a panel discussion at the NATIONAL PRESS CLUB in Washington, DC, at 6:30pm to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the RMS Lusitania. This program is free and open to the public and will feature panelists John Maxwell Hamilton, Prof. Richard Striner, and RADM Samuel Cox (USN, ret.). Discussion will focus on the wartime role of Lusitania, the worldwide reaction to her tragedy, and the impact of Lusitania’s sinking on public opinion in the United States. http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/events/lusitania-sinking-centennial-event-washington-dc.html
    2. PLEASE REGISTER: on the NPC site: http://www.press.org/events/lusitania-centennial-event
  5. Unpublished General John J. Pershing photos- Mr. David PoeLt. Pershing, 1893
    1. Mr. Poe is currently a Captain in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Lee, VA.  His active duty service includes multiple tours in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division, where he won a Purple Heart.
    2. In addition to his Army duties, he is the Deputy Executive Director of the Pershing Rifles Foundation, which is the fundraising arm of The Pershing Rifles Group, and has as its mission "support activities that develop outstanding traits of leadership, scholarship, and military excellence among America’s youth and to expand the legacy General of the Armies John J. Pershing.
    3. The 8x10 of LT Pershing from 1893 is already online, and is being sold for $75.  It is a limited edition print, and we're stopping at 200.
    4. The photo of GEN Pershing from 1921 is going online tonight, and it’s being sold for $50 for the 8x10 and $40 for the 5x7.  This one is not a limited edition run.
    5. Both photos are generally un-circulated. 

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Sync Call for Wednesday, April 08, 2015 12 PM EST

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1. News and Announcements

  • Commemorative stamp update
    •        We will be sending a letter to the US Postal Service’s stamp committee asking them for WWI Centennial commemorative stamps. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver has already sent a letter encouraging the creation of a series of stamps throughout the centennial period. 
    •       We want our volunteers and partner organizations to send the stamp committee letters so that there is a focus on WWI--the more people we have mailing them letters, the greater the chance for our stamp proposal to proceed. We will have more information about it coming up in the next couple weeks.
  • Los Angeles trip- week of April 27th:
    • Entertainment Industry Brief at Factor's Famous Deli- 9 am on Tuesday the 28th.  Hosted by the Commission and Mike Schuster, former NPR correspondent.
    • We’ve invited writers and producers to come and share story ideas about WWI
  • Pritzker Military Museum and Library WWI Centennial Project Manager
    • Susan Mennenga will be helping our Founding Sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, coordinate local, regional and national engagements with the WWICC. She will add another set of hands to our collective effort. We are excited to have Susan on board and we hope to hear from her on an upcoming call.
  • The Commission wants you to volunteer!
    • We have some events that we need help with:
      • Belgian Embassy Open House—Saturday May 09: There will be a small WWI exhibit. We are looking for volunteers to help us staff this event. It will go from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Ideally volunteers would work in two to three hour shifts passing out information about the commission and our activities.
      • Sometime in the days leading up to the Memorial Day parade, we’ll need a street-savvy navigator to guide Dave Lockard and his Packard truck from Rt. 15 to Fort McNair.
  • The Great War Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGreatWar)
    • Would you like to see some great videos on YouTube about WWI? Check out The Great War channel. Posting twice a week, 'The Great War' shows you the history of the First World War in the four years from 1914 to 1918. The host, Indy, takes you back week by week and shows you what was going on in the past. Please subscribe to see these great posts. Their last two videos are: (see below)
      • Last two video Summaries and Links:

        Silent and Deadly - GAS WARFARE IN WORLD WAR 1

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrHFEPu_ANI

        All soldiers feared poison gas but all sides developed deadlier and more perfidious kinds of chemical agents. Indy tells you everything about gas warfare in World War 1 in this special episode. 

      • Between The Fronts - War Refugees I THE GREAT WAR Week 36

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDsNPf3DMMA

        Not only the soldiers are suffering on the Eastern and Western Front, the Dardanelles or, since this week, Macedonia. More and more civilians become refugees in this modern war. Even far away from the battle grounds they are not safe anymore when German submarine sink civilian ships. 

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Sync Call for Wednesday, April 01, 2015 12 pm EST

Rheims Cathedral--Then and Now

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1. News and Announcements

  • Upcoming April and May Events
    • April 25th- ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. MG Valenzuela is attending ANZAC day in LA. Anzac Day is on April 25th, and. ANZAC day activities will take place in San Diego, LA, San Francisco, DC, and NYC we encourage you to participate if you are local to these areas.
    • Los Angeles Trip-Chris Isleib, Dir. of Communications, and Dan Dayton will be in LA the week of April 27 to brief the entertainment industry and meet with our California volunteer Courtland Jindra and the LA Coliseum.
    • May 7th- 100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Lusitania. There will be two events:
      • The event in Washington DC will be held at the National Press Club at 6:30 pm. It will consist of a panel that will discuss the role of the sinking of the Lusitania and the media on informing public opinion in the run up to America’s entry into WWI. Panelists will include: Jack Hamilton and Richard Striner; a 3rd panelist is being finalized now. Gil Klein will moderate.
      • The New York City event will consist of a wreath laying near the pier where the Lusitania launched
    • Washington DC Memorial Day Parade- WWI era packard truck will participate in DC’s parade; we are currently working with Dave Lockard to get this confirmed.
    • WWI Memorial at Pershing Park design competition- we are working towards a roll out/announcement of the design competition- all are invited to submit a design for the redevelopment. The entry fee is $100- rules and regulations will be announced mid-May
  •           Naval HIstory and Heritage Command hosted a Military Outreach/Commemorative Events Sync Meeting
    •       Thank you to Dave Werner and John DeLuca from the Communication and Outreach Division of NHHC!
    •       NHHC Invited Reps from DOD and all services, community outreach and commemorations divisions- we briefed the group on the status of the Commission
  •        Upcoming Exhibit: “War & Art: Destruction and Protection of Italian Cultural Heritage during World War I.” at the Woodrow Wilson House. This is an exhibit of Italian photographs from WWI, including some of US soldiers helping them to protect art in Venice. Frances and Dan helped them find a home for it at Woodrow Wilson House. Opening Reception next Thursday, April 9

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Sync Call for Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12 pm EST

map of western front

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Minutes

1. News and Announcements

  • Join the American Battle Monuments Commission for a screening of the World War I documentary, Never Forgotten, followed by a panel discussion. It will be held Friday, April 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public on a first come first serve basis. For more information, see the event’s entry in the ‘Upcoming Events’ section of this document. You can also visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-war-i-film-screening-never-forgotten-registration-15616441196
  • Thank you for continuing to invite your friends to follow us on Facebook! We're up by 113 followers, but can do much better. We need everybody to help us out and do this. Big shoutout to our superstar volunteer Randy Gaulke, who corralled 39 new Facebook likes!!! Please visit Randy's website, http://meuse-argonne.com. It's a really great source of photos and information on the Meuse Argonne battle.

Let's also do the same for Twitter -- @WW1CC and Instagram -- @ww1cc.

  • Encourage People to Donate

On this call, and on the distribution list for the minutes, there are 273 people. If everyone on this call donated $10 to the effort this week, PMML would match it and we would have generated 5,460 dollars. How Can I donate? Log on to our website https://worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/help-us/please-donate.html to give via credit card, paypal, or snail mail a check to 701 Pennsylvania Ave.

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