previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrow
next arrow

Sync Call for Wednesday July 13 at 12pm EDT

News at a Glance

1. Michigan WWI Centennial and Veterans Tribute Train event

2. Update on activities of Hawaii World War I Centennial Task Force

3. President Obama notes U.S. WW1 legacy in NATO speech

Read more below!



Sync Call Minutes
July 13, 2016

Update from the States

Judy Miller
Editor of Student News Net- in partnership
Working with Susan in Chicago
Commissioner Tom Moe
The WWI Centennial and Veterans Tribute Train event will be held May 19-20, 2017. Friday, May 19 will be an educational symposium on the impact and relevance of WWI to today's world and then Saturday we will have a full day of events anchored by the steam locomotive excursion from Mt. Pleasant to Cadillac, Michigan. The steam locomotive is the No. 1225, built in 1941 and used to transport soldiers and raw materials during WWII. It is also the sounds of, and inspiration for, the train in The Polar Express movie.
On May 20 in Cadillac, there will be a commemoration and festival in the town square once the train arrives. More details to follow but there is also a possibility of a concert and fireworks show at night since the town square is just steps from Lake Cadillac with an amphitheater on the lake's shore.

Col. Arthur Taluk, USA (Ret)
Hawaii World War I Centennial Task Force
Here is an article on the HI WWI CTF in the Hawaii Veteran, the newsletter of the Hawaii DoD Office of Veterans Services.
1.       We are working with the consulates of AUS, NZ, JPN, to commemorate their military actions, and with the Honorary Consul of Germany to examine the mistreatment of German-Americans in Hawaii at the outbreak of the War.
2.       We have conducted two events in cooperation with our Allies – ANZAC Day and Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme
3.       We are reaching out to local businesses who were in operation during the War to help with commemorations.

Virginia World War I and World War II Tourism Marketing Program Applications are now open!  Deadline is Wednesday, August 31, 2016 by 5:00 PM.
The purpose of the Virginia World War I and World War II Tourism Marketing Program - administered by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) - is to assist Virginia communities and related World War I and World War II sites to market commemorative events, locations, and destinations.  Electronic submissions of the Virginia World War I and World War II Tourism Marketing Program will NOT be accepted.  For more information, please visit  http://www.vatc.org/PAM/WWGrants/.

State outreach Collaboration Call
August 4th SOCC  will explore educational resources as we enter into the 2016-2017 calendar year!

News and Announcements

President notes U.S. WW1 legacy in NATO speech
On July 9 President Barack Obama referenced the upcoming centennial of the U.S. entry into World War 1 as he asserted "the unwavering commitment of the United States to the security and defense of Europe, to our transatlantic relationship, to our commitment to our common defense." Speaking at a press conference on the final day of the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland, the President said that, though NATO faces an unprecedented range of security, humanitarian and political challenges, the alliance always can count on the United States, as the nation's European allies have done since 1917.
Clip can be found in our video library:

100 Cities / 100 Memorials promotion debuts Monday, July 17
"100 CITIES/100 MEMORIALS" is a fund-matching program, where groups or individuals can A) identify local sites in their area, B) create a simple plan for helping to restore the site, C) submit their plan for consideration for matching grant funds, D) restore the site, with communication help & possible matching funds.
The details of the program, including guidelines and online application form, can be found on the website www.ww1cc.org/100Memorials

EAA AirVenture- Oshkosh, WI
New landing page
The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is an annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts held each summer at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It’s the largest aviation show in the world.
The EAA AirVenture Airshow will take place July 25-31 and the  2016 focus this year is WWI.  This is huge, week long event with 700,000+ attendees and dozens of defense contractors.
We will have a booth set up for the week.. Our Commissioners have daily speaking roles in two different amphitheaters that seat 2500+ people.
Let us know if you plan to attend and can help us at our booth! We’ll be selling WWI CC merchandise, etc.  contact Meredith Carr at meredith.carr@worldwar1centennial.org, if you plan to be at the EAA AirVenture Airshow July 25-31.

National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park

Sabin’s work
“Help us build the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park in our nation’s capitol. We need you to speak for these American veterans who sacrificed so much, 100 years ago. They are not forgotten if we remember.  Thank you” and include the link: ww1cc.org/memorial

The Great War Channel

Alright, as always, The Great War Channel on youtube has several great new videos up this week. Check them out at youtube.com/TheGreatWar.

  • Mexico and WWI

  • Italian Weapons of WWI

  • The Battle of the Somme - Brusilov On His Own I THE GREAT WAR - Week 102

The Great War in the Sky

As we approach the Oshkosh Airshow, this week we continue with our new segment called “The Great War In the Sky".
Noted author and decorated Air Force pilot, General RG Head has created and is curating an amazing timeline of WWI aviation events on our national website.
You can find the timeline at ww1cc.org/warinthesky
Here is Theo Mayer, our project technologist to show you what happened in the Great War In The Sky this week, 100 years ago.

The Great War Project:  Mike Shuster


And now we’ll move onto 100 years ago this week on the ground with Mike Shuster.

Join us again next week! Register here.


"Pershing" Donors

$5 Million +

Founding Sponsor
PritzkerMML Logo

Starr Foundation Logo

The Lilly Endowment