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Sync Call for Wednesday September 28 at 12pm EDT

News at a Glance

1.  Virginia vigil commemorates state's WW1 vets

2.  Announcing the formation of the Central Region under the auspices of the National WWI Museum

3.  Government of Belgium and Commission sign Memo Of Understanding for Centennial

4. Count Down To Veterans Day Launches - #CountDownToVenteransDay

Read more below - Watch the video above


Sync Call Minutes
September 28, 2016

Update from the States

Virginia vigil commemorates state's WW1 vets

Virginia hosted a statewide vigil to Commemorate the state’s World War I veterans on September 17. The Vigil was organized by Lynn Rainville, a professor at Sweet Briar College- a volunteer for the WWI Centennial Commission in Virginia since early 2014.  The purpose of the vigil was to bring attention to the Virginians who served in World War I, and it was held in several communities across the state including Front Royal, Harrisburg, Newport News, Petersburg, Byrd Park in Richmond, and in Winchester VA. Hundreds of people came out to see participate in the vigil. Click here to learn more about the statewide vigil.

Virginia vigil commemorates state's WW1 vets

Central Region
We’re excited to announce the formation of the Central Region under the auspices of the National WWI Museum! The central region consists of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. The initial meeting of the central region will take place on November 4 in conjunction with the Museum’s 2016 Symposium. Museum staff is currently reaching out to representatives from region members states. We’ll provide more information on this exciting development as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please email Andrew McGreal at andrew.mcgreal@worldwar1centennial.org.
Questions about the Central Region? Email andrew.mcgreal@worldwar1centennial.org

State Outreach Collaboration Call
Our next State Outreach Collaboration Call will take place Thursday, October 6th  This call will be about our publishing partner program - if you’re interested in having a webpage on the Commission website I suggest to call in - it’ll have a lot of great info for you!
You have register ahead of time - the link is in the chatroom and the will be in the minutes.
Register for the SOCC here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5156713208829555970
Questions about the SOCC? Please email Andrew McGreal at andrew.mcgreal@worldwar1centennial.org

News and Announcements

Government of Belgium and Commission sign Memo Of Understanding for Centennial
The Belgian Ambassador the United States of Americas, the Honorable H.E. Dirk Wouters, Joined us at a reception on Monday, September 26,  to sign a MOU formalizing the cooperation between the US and Belgium on World War One commemoration.
The Government of Belgium has set up special programs to provide public education and commemoration for the war. Belgium saw some of the greatest loss of life on the Western Front of the First World War.
This new agreement calls for the two organizations to share their experience, knowledge, and technical means, as they prepare for the commemoration of the American intervention in World War I.
Robert Dalessandro, Chair of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, and Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of Belgium to the United States, signed the document in a small ceremony in the Pershing Room of the landmark Army and Navy Club of Washington, DC.
Thank you to all our Commissioners, Special Advisors, Diplomatic Advisory Board members, Historical Advisors and supporters for joining us.
At that reception we also celebrated President Obama's appointment of WW1CC Commissioner Tod Sedgwick, and former US Senator John Warner shared his support for the National World War One Memorial in Washington DC's Pershing Park.

Sen. Warner referenced the urgency we must maintain on this incredibly tight timeline for completing the memorial. 
The Honorable Dirk Wouters, Belgian Ambassador to the US (on right), signs the World War One Commemoration MOU with WW1CC Chairman Rob Dalessandro.
National WW1 Memorial in Pershing Park designer Joe Weishaar explains his vision for the memorial to Ambassador Wouters.

Senator Warner Ceremony
Former U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin and John W. Warner shared uncompromising dedication to the nation’s defense and its men and women in uniform, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an honor ceremony for the two chairmen here today.
In the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes, the secretary also presented Warner with the Defense Department’s highest honor, the Medal for Distinguished Public Service, and he dedicated the Levin-Warner Legislative Affairs Suite in the Pentagon.
There was a Medal ceremony for them both a few days ago, at the Pentagon.
Sen. Warner receives the Medal for Distinguished Public Service

WWICC Social Media- CDTVD
Mr. Chris Islieb
Countdown to Veterans Day 2016 has started
The World War 1 Centennial Commission has launched its 2016 Countdown to Veterans Day campaign, partnering with a wide range of public and private organizations to make Veterans Day a day ON, not a day off, and to offer people an opportunity to create a meaningful experience for their Veterans Day. It all started in 2015 with the simple term "Countdown To Veterans Day" and the hashtag #CountdownToVeteransDay, with the hashtag reaching an audience of some 36 million people. Click here to read about Countdown to Veterans Day 2016.
Read more about Countdown to Veterans Day: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/communicate/press-media/wwi-centennial-news/1417

National Book Festival at the Library of Congress
Theresa Sims- Director of Military and Veteran Partnerships

Spring Internships
We’re continuing to welcome our Fall interns this week. But guess what? It’s time to start recruiting for the spring semester! We have a wide range of internship opportunities involving areas such as program management, fundraising, public affairs, and IT. If you know anyone who’s interested in interning with the Commission this spring, send them to www.ww1cc.org/intern for more information and to apply.
WWICC Internships: www.ww1cc.org/intern

More Upcoming Events:
Check out our website for events! We now have a full time staffer inputting all events-  please email halsey.hughes@worldwar1centennial.org to add your event


September 30, 2016
The Next meeting of the WWI Centennial Commission will take place at the United States Air Force Museum in Dayton
Oct 1-2- Dawn Patrol Rendezvous Airshow in Dayton
Bi Planes Tri Planes Air show in VA Beach


National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park


Design Charette yesterday with Sabin Howard in preparation for an upcoming meeting and review  with the CFC.
NW Arkansas Trip next week

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.

  • Galicia’s role in WWI (Live from Lviv) - Handguns for Pilots - Fight or run I OUT OF THE TRENCHES

  • The Lion Of Verdun - Philippe Pétain I WHO DID WHAT IN WW1?

  • Manfred von Richthofen's First Victory - American Volunteers in WW1 I THE GREAT WAR Week 113


The Great War Project:  Mike Shuster www.greatwarproject.org/

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