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Sync Call for Wednesday November 16, at 12pm EDT

News at a Glance

1. Veterans day activities and media coverage around the states

2. Admiral Mike Mullen joins WW1CC advisory board

3. Mike Hanlon announces 2018 battlefield tour and General Pershing's accomplishments

Read more below - Watch the video above


Sync Call Minutes
November 16, 2016

Update from the States

New York:
Many thanks to our NYC WWI Centennial Committee volunteers, Ryan Hegg,  Kevin Fitzpatrick, and so many others in NYC.  The Doughboys marched in the NYC Veterans Day Parade. Here is a photo in the New York Daily News  of our own Gen. Pershing on horseback:
The Doughboys march in NYC!

WWICC Volunteer RG Head gave an Armistice Day presentation to the Coronado Historical Association.  Images here of RG with Janet Francis, ED of the CHA.  RG also facilitated the City of Coronado to issue a Proclamation-  seen here on your screen.  The city of Coronado, California proclaimed November 11, 2016 as “Coronado Veterans and Armistice Day”
The 50th  mayor of Coronado, Casey Tanaka,  encouraged all citizens to take “A Day On” to visit an historic site or otherwise participate in an historic event.  
Thanks, RG!  We will share this proclamation on our state outreach tool kit for other cities and states to use as an example.

The Tennessee WWI Centennial Commission hosted a very successful Veteran's Day event at the Sgt York State Park from Nov. 11th to 13th- We will hear from the Park Manager about that event next week.

Good news! The Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee’s website has gone live. Arkansas is the home of our lead memorial architect, Joe Weishaar, so we’re excited to see them up and running. Check it out on our website.
Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee:

Ohio WWI Centennial Commission-
Meeting on Friday, December 2, 10 am- 2pm in Columbus at the Ohio History Center

Indiana WWI Centennial Commission next meeting is on Tuesday, Dec 6th in Indianapolis

State Outreach Collaboration Call
We hope you’ll join us next month on December 1 when talk about commemorating the centennial of America’s declaration of war on April 6. We’re going to have some suggestions and templates for states and organizations looking for something to do.
Please register for this call ahead of time - the link is in the chatroom and will be in the minutes.
Register for the State Outreach Call here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5156713208829555970
Questions about State Outreach? Please email Andrew McGreal at andrew.mcgreal@worldwar1centennial.org

News and Announcements

New Special Advisor-  Admiral Mike Mullen
Admiral MIke Mullen has signed on to become the latest special advisor to the US World War I Centennial Commission. Admiral Mullen is set to join fellow special advisors Secretary Leon E. Panetta, the Honorable John W. Warner, General Barry McCaffrey, General Gordon R. Sullivan, Sandra Sinclair Pershing, Helen Ayer Patton, Gary Sinise, Vint Cerf, and Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly.
Admiral Mullen served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He acted as the principal military advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the Homeland Security Council, the National Security Council, and the President of the United States. Admiral Mullen also served as the 32nd Vice Chief of Naval Operations and as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations during his time with the US Navy.

Last week the US Marine Corps celebrated their 241st birthday. If you haven't seen it, there's a great historical article just out on Marines in WWI, The U.S. Marines in World War I Part I: The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Comes to the Fore. Written by Col. Walt Ford (retired editor of Leatherneck Magazine) and published in "Marine Corps History Magazine" (the Marine Corps History Division's  pub). A great, well-researched account of the USMCR contribution in the Great War. Mike Visonage from the the Texas WWI Centennial Committee summarized the article on the USMC tab of US World War I Centennial Commission web site.  Thanks, Mike!

Countdown to Veterans Day 2016  Recap - http://countdowntoveteransday.org/
Many thanks to Chris Isleib and Roger Fisk and all of our followers, partners and contributors for such a successful 2016 CDTVD campaign!
The past week has seen a tremendous spike in the prominence of WWI in the national conversation, and much of that is due to our communications team ensuring that WWI messaging was woven into Veterans Day coverage-  and shared, reposted, retweeted by YOU.   We will share links to all of the stories in the chat section-   but a few highlights:

Media Coverage:
Let’s start with our Op Eds:
WWICC Special Advisors Helen Patton and Sandy Pershing in The Hill;
WWICC Special Advisor and former SECDEF Leon Panetta in Military Times
We also have pending pieces from Sen. John Warner and Gen. Barry McCaffrey- waiting for placement
A big THANK YOU! to everyone who has written and submitted an OpEd for veterans day. So far, we’ve heard about submissions from:
Blair Tarr of the Kansas WWI Centennial Committee
Derek Sansone in Buffalo, NY
Sal Compagno in San Francisco, CA.
Vanessa Seward in Arkansas

Other news coverage:
NBC4 News DC
News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn
Pittsburgh Tribune
Epoch Times
Fox 5 News NYC (rebroadcast)
CBS News Photo
Reuters News Photo
MIlitary.com / Pix11 Broadcast of NYC Parade (1h:36m shows WWI reenactors)
New York Daily News photos


C-SPAN3’s American History TV series “Reel America” will debut a documentary  titled "The Unknown Soldier" featured commentary by our own Mitch Yockelson and Allison Finkelstein.
The site also a feature on US Entry into WWI

Guest Speaker-
Our panelist today is Mr. Mike Hanlon, WWI Historian and editor of the
ST. MIHIEL TRIP-WIRE, a World War I Centennial newsletter
Editor of www. Worldwar1.com
His company just announced a comprehensive American Expeditionary Forces tour for 2018, which Mike will lead.  They’ll be visiting all the major battlefields, memorials, and cemeteries of the Doughboys in France and Flanders.  It's also designed to help families visit the sites where their members served on the Western Front.  We will take them to where their relatives went over the top and help organize a commemorative event in their memory.
Pershing's Doughboys Tour with Michael Hanlon:

100 Cities / 100 Memorials
Sign up for our Blog Post
We got this great question from a wonderful team in Ohio:
“We can raise the basic $2000 for the matching grant. That is no problem. The problem is writing the grant as we do not have a grant writer nor the expertise to do so.”
In a new blog post we share the answer to this very important question… In a nutshell no!
Memorial Hunters Club: www.ww1cc.org/hunter

More Upcoming Events:
On Thursday, December 1st,
The Department of Defense History Speaker Series, will host “Marines at Belleau Wood”  at 12:30 in B-6 {Pentagon Conference room)  
This is a part of their commemorative speaker series. The OSD Historical Office is an Ex Officio members of the Commission

Next Commission Meeting- Thursday, Dec 15- in DC
We are compiling a list of national, signature WWI Commemorative events and programs for the 2017 calendar year. Major events will also be published in the French Mission du Centenaire 2017 commemorative book.  If your organization, State Committee, etc, has an event of national significance, please send enter them on our events page so they can be included.
But Congress directed us to be the clearinghouse for ALL WWI commemorative events. So even if your event is not a national level or “signature” event- please do submit so we can include it in our archive.
We have a new submission process- just click that red button to enter all the info!
Add events to our calendar and check out our website for events! www.ww1cc.org/events

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

  • Romanian Uniforms of WWI
  • Olympic Games 1916- Reaction to Tanks
  • Charming The Poles - The Central Powers Look For New Allies I THE GREAT WAR Week 120

The War in the Sky: Theo Mayer - www.ww1cc.org/warinthesky

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 www.ww1cc.org/warinthesky
Those daring young men in their flying machines... OK... But there were some real kickass women in the sky as well.
Let me tell you a little about Ruth Law.
Ruth Law enjoyed one of the longest and most colorful careers of early female aviators.
Law enrolled in the Burgess Flying School in June 1912 and soloed on August 12.
She bought her first aircraft from Orville Wright in 1912 in which she became the first woman to fly at night. Later she purchased a Curtiss Pusher.
In 1917, she was the first woman authorized to wear a military uniform, but, of course, she was denied permission to fly in combat.
Instead, she helped the war effort by raising money for the Red Cross and Liberty Loan drives with exhibition flights. She was so popular that she would bring in as much as $9,000 a week (in 1917 dollars) for her exhibition flying.
Her greatest feat took place on 19 November 1916, this week 100 years ago, when she broke the existing cross-America flight air speed record by flying nonstop from Chicago to New York State, a distance of 590 miles (950 km). The next day she flew on to New York City. Flying over Manhattan, her fuel cut out, but she glided to a safe landing on Governors Island and was met by United States Army Captain Henry "Hap" Arnold, who would one day become Commanding General of the United States Army Air Forces. President Woodrow Wilson attended a dinner held in her honor on 2 December 1916.
Married to a man named Charles Oliver (yes, she progressively went by her maiden name), in 1922 she retired assuaging his great fear for her dangerous occupation.
And that is our story this week for the War in the Sky 100 years ago.

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

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