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Sync Call for Wednesday October 12, at 12pm EDT

News at a Glance

1. Presentation of the activities in Tennessee by Deborah York

2.  Update on CountDownToVeteransDay and access to PSAs

3. Op-Ed from Joe's Weishaar’s middle school teacher, Vanessa Seward

4. New video from Mike Lent WW1 Dawn Patrol Rendezvous Video

5. Shout out to Alabama, Georgia and New Jersey from 100Cities / 100 Memorials  for mapping their memorials

Read more below - Watch the video above


Sync Call Minutes
October 12, 2016

Update from the States

Deborah York- Executive Director of the
Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation
Member of the Tennessee Great War Commission
TN Great War Commission Events in Jackson, TN scheduled for November 4th - 6th focusing on TN Homefront during WWI.
Veterans Day program and Living History events that will take place at the Sgt. York State Historic Park in Pall Mall, TN November 11 - 13th.

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.   They are also inviting states in the south that do not yet have a region formed to attend.
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.
November 4-5. 2016
National WWI Museum and Memorial Annual Symposium
1916: Total War

Questions about the Central Region? Email andrew.mcgreal@worldwar1centennial.org

April 2017 planning
Keep us posted!   Especially if you will request Commission representation.
We’ve heard from Mississippi and Virginia-  both in the planning stages.  We want to include your state's activities on our Master Calendar and also share them with our Commissioners at the next meeting in December.

State Outreach Collaboration Call
Our next State Outreach Collaboration Call will take place tomorrow on Thursday, Nov. 3.   This call will focus on reaching out to veterans organizations in your state- we’ll have representatives from some veterans organization on the line as well as our very own Theresa Sims, who’s in charge of reaching out to veteran orgs for the Commission.
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

WWICC Social Media- CDTVD

Mr. Chris Isleib
Countdown to Veterans Day 2016

Countdown to Veterans Day 2016: 30 days out
Facebook audience for #CountdownToVeteransDay currently stands at about 840,000 impressions
Twitter audience currently stands at
Total for the two combined is 3,135,000 Audience Impressions

WWICC Video Library

-WW1 Dawn Patrol Rendezvous Video
Mike Lent sent us this beautiful video he made from the 2016 Dawn Patrol Rendezvous which our commissioners attended during their commission meeting earlier this month.
The 2016 World War 1 Dawn Patrol Rendezvous took place on 2-3 October at The National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
This 3 minute video by Mike Lent is a collection of photos Mike shot at the event put together in a really beautiful and artful way.
This 2016 Rendezvous featured vintage original and reproduction WWI aircraft, radio-controlled models, era automobiles, period re-enactors, educational activities and a collector's show. This flying event was produced by the Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the Great War Aeroplanes Association.
The next rendezvous is currently scheduled for 2018 at Wright Patterson AFB, OH.
Take a look and enjoy the video in our Video Library: and learn more about Mike and his amazing photography.
We will post the video itself in the minutes.
Also a huge thanks to Bob Kasprzak and the League of WWI Aviation Historians for representing us at their booth.

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

New Blog Post

Shout Out to Alabama, Georgia and New Jersey for mapping their memorials

ALSO 100C/100M is hosting a Webinar on Wed. October 19, at 3pm EST called: “Competition Briefing for Veterans Organizations”
This interactive online event is especially focused at Veterans Service Organizations who want to participate in the 100 Cities - 100 Memorials matching grant challenge. However, the information is pertinent to anyone interested in participating in the program.

The agenda will include:
- An overview of the competition - Key dates, why this matters, the benefits of participation
- Qualifying for a grant Checklist
- How to find a local WWI memorial service project
-  Special benefits of early application submittals
- Featuring a special project profile: American Legion Post 42’s Ocean Springs PERSHING SQUARE PROJECT. Hear all about an American Legion post that has produced a qualifying project and learn what they went through and some of the peripheral, and unexpected results.
- Q&A / Round table
Registration is now open for this October 19th event at 
100C/100M October 19 Registration:

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
Norman Prince Centennial- This Friday, Oct 14
National Cathedral
October 15, 2016 will be the one hundredth anniversary of the death of one of the founders of the famous Lafayette Escadrille, the French Nieuport Squadron 124, established in April 1916 with volunteer American pilots and French officers.

October 21-22: WWI Historical Association Annual Symposium at the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk
1916: Sex, Planes and Disasters!

October 27-28, 2016
Ohio State University
"War to End All Wars" at Ohio State this month
The Ohio State University Department of History, in partnership with the U.S. World War One Centen“The War to End All Wars: U.S. National World War One Centennial Symposium, 1916-2016” will be presented on the Ohio State campus on Thursday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Oct. 28. “It’s important on this 100th anniversary to recall the horrors of the war and to revisit how World War One reshaped the world as we know it,” explained Peter Mansoor, the General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History at OSU.  Read more about the conference here.  Event will be live streamed: info on that?
"War to End All Wars" at Ohio State October 27-28

November 4-5. 2016
National WWI Museum and Memorial Annual Symposium
1916: Total War


Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia:
New exhibit opens November 4th, and will be traveling to New York sometime next year.
World War I and American Art- The first major exhibition devoted to exploring the ways in which American artists reacted to the First World War.

The exhibition includes 160 works by 80 artists, from 60 lenders.  Includes
paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints, photographs, posters

National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park -

As part of our recent trip to Arkansas, our Chief Development Officer, Roger Fisk, worked with Joe's Weishaar’s middle school teacher, Vanessa Seward, to put together an Op-Ed for the state's largest newspaper about why she made a donation to the memorial effort.
It is in today's Arkansas Democrat Gazette;
If you have made a donation to the Memorial effort, we encourage you to submit a similar OpEd to your local paper as we approach Veterans Day.  We are working a template we can share.  We will mail you a toolkit.
OpEd- Those who served: Memorial to mark World War I

The Great War Channel https://www.youtube.com/TheGreatWar

Alright, as always, The Great War Channel on youtube has several great new videos up this week. Check them out at youtube.com/TheGreatWar.
Shout out- they have reached 400,000 subscribers
  • Game of Thrones in Albania
  • Chinese Labor Corps in Russia during WWI
  • Douglas Haig’s Fantasies Drown in the Mud-  Week 115

The War in the Sky: Theo Mayer -
As you know Noted Author and highly decorated combat pilot,  RG Head has contributed and is curating an amazing timeline of WWI aviation events on our national website.
You can find the timeline at ww1cc.org/warinthesky
This week’s episode will be presented by Theo Mayer, our Chief technologist.

The Great War in the Sky
In august we spoke about Norman Prince who was the co-founder of The Lafayette Escadrille. In August he had just shot down his first enemy plane in air-to-air combat. This week, in October of the same year, we mark the 100th anniversary of Norman Prince's death.  I think this is a poignant reminder of how intense, brutal and short lived the experience of these aviators was. They were truly those "brave young men in their flying machines".
As mentioned elsewhere in the call, On Friday of this week there will be a commemoration honoring Norman Prince at the Washington Cathedral. The Eucharist mass will be held at noon, Eastern with seating beginning at 11:30am for anyone in Washington who would like to attend to honor his centennial passing.
In the meantime, the german pilots in Oswald Boelke's squadron are continuing to devastate the British and other flyers.
Rising in to prominence among the aces is one of Boelke's students - Baron Manfred Von Richthoven - ultimately known as "The Red Baron". His name is actually somewhat of a self proclamation...  Richthoven published a diary in 1917 while the war was still raging. It was called "Der Rote Kampfflieger" or the "The Red War Flyer" in english. An full online english translation of this diary can be found online at www.Richthoven.com
All this point to the fact that was about men, new technology, life and death in the Great War in the Sky 100 years ago.


The Great War Project:  Mike Shuster

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