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Sync Call for Wednesday November 04 at Noon EST
A detachment of the 125th Infantry Regiment parading during a July 4th celebration in Massavaux, Alsace, France.
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Help the WW1CC!

  1. Donate! Go to our donations page.
  2. Send a letter to the USPS Stamp Committee! Use this template.
  3. Send us interns! Direct anyone you know who is interested to our Internship webpage.
  4. Help with state and regional organization! Let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  5. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization.

News and Announcements:

No Sync Call on November 11

We will not host a Sync Call on November 11 (the call after next), which is Veterans Day. We hope you’ll all take the opportunity to have a “day-on” on your day off and volunteer for a veterans service organization.

Update from the States

State Outreach Status Map

Volunteer for state outreach. Contact Andrew McGreal if you are willing to help.

November 5 Collaboration Call
Tomorrow, November 5, at Noon EST, we will hold our first State Outreach Collaboration Call in the new format. The focus of this call will be veterans history projects and their letter and artifact collection programs. We have three expert panelists for this topic: Bob Patrick from the LOC, Andrew Bullen from the Illinois State Library, and Christine Pittsley from the Connecticut State Library. Subsequent calls will take place on the first Thursday of the month. Reminders will be sent out two weeks before and the day of. The call-in number will be the same as past calls - contact a State Outreach Coordination Team member to get on the roster.

Virginia
The VA WWI Centennial Committee met Monday at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. It is in the process of finalizing their 501 c 3 status. The Committee has formed subcommittees on Education, Programming and Fundraising, and already has representation from across the entire state.
One of their main initiatives is to restore the Carillon, Virginia’s WWI Memorial in Byrd Park. If you are in the Richmond area on Veterans Day, there will be a concert on the Carillon bells by Carillonneur Larry Robinson, and will continue with patriotic music by The Bellini Sisters, recognition of The Memorial Rifles, and a presentation titled “The Last Mission of World War II” by Dr. Dean Decker. The program is free and open to the public.

Mississippi
Carole Lynn Meadows and Tonya Hayes are hard at work standing up the Mississippi Committee. They are continuing to finalize their membership. They are reaching out to:

  • Mississippi Humanities Council
  • Mississippi Oral History Project at the University of Southern Mississippi
  • the National Geographic Alliance at The University of Mississippi
  • State Board of Education
  • partners to conduct a poppy planting program in Mississippi (the Committee is currently searching for a variety that will grow there)
  • Mississippi Public Broadcasting
  • Mississippi Honor Flight group

Michigan
A team from the Michigan National Guard, Historical Societies, Museums etc., gathered together on Monday to discuss the Michigan’s path forward in commemorating the centennial of WWI. Our PMML colleague, Susan Mennenga was present.

Idaho, Washington, New Mexico & Texas
Idaho, Washington, New Mexico, and Texas have all identified solid paths forward towards building state commemorative bodies - we cannot wait to see what they plan to do for their respective states! Thank you so much to all the volunteers and state representatives who have worked so hard to do this.

Upcoming Events - This Weekend!

You can check out all the below upcoming events on the Commission Calendar.

Tennessee Great War Commission Kick Off (November 7)
On November 7, the Tennessee Great War Commission will hold its 2015 Kickoff Commemoration events across three venues in Nashville. Events at these venues will include lectures, a symposium, a living history programs, and the opening of a new exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum. All of these events are free and open to the public. Check out this flyer for more information.

Connecticut and the Great War Symposium (November 7)
The Connecticut and the Great War Symposium will take place on November 7 at Central Connecticut State University. This day long conference will examine the people and events that made the First World War a transformative experience for Connecticut's peoples, its industries, and its communities. Registration and a fee is required.

National WWI Museum Symposium (November 6 - 7)
On November 6 & 7, the National WWI Museum in Kansas City will host its 2015 Symposium--Global War, 1915: Empires at War, Churchill’s Gallipoli & America Divided. This event will explore the rising tensions in America and the globally escalating conflict that defined the world in 1915. It will feature several prominent WWI scholars. Registration and a fee are required.

News from the National WWI Museum

In addition to the National WWI Museum's symposium (announced above), Lora Vogt, the Museum's Curator of Education, announced a record-breaking 800,000 people on the Museum's grounds for the Kansas City Royals' World Series Championship Celebration. Congratulations to everyone at the Museum!

WW1 Commemorative Merchandise

The WW1CC merchandise store is open on our website! Go online to get your own fine-crafted piece of WW1 commemorative merchandise and to support the Commission all at once. We have an exciting and varied line of products available for purchase - check it out today!

St. Mihiel Trip-Wire - New Edition Now Available

Mike Hanlon of WorldWar1.com has just released the newest issue of his online publication - the St. Mihiel Trip-Wire. The Tripwire explores a whole range of topics related to the First World War. Check it out!

Centennial Countdown October 1915

Dennis Cross has posted the October installment of Centennial Countdown to the Great War, reviewing the news of the world 100 years ago. In October 1915 the War continues to go badly for the Allies. Read more here.

#CountdownToVeteransDay

Head over to CountDownToVeteransDay.org. It’s a Commission supported one-stop shop for Veterans Day volunteer activities and opportunities. You can go there to add volunteer opportunities - just click “Link In My Organization” - or to plan your own day of service on November 11.

Remember to use the handle #CountDownToVeteransDay on your social media to get the word out. One day isn’t enough to honor our veterans. We encourage everyone to look at Veterans Day not as a ‘day off’ but as a ‘day on’ to volunteer for a Veterans’ organization and to help the community.

The National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park- Design Competition Update

Phase II of the Memorial Design Competition proceeds apace. Next week, our finalists will be back in Washington, DC for their second phase II meeting with our Design Oversight Committee. As always, you can check out the finalists (and every other submitted design) on our webpage.

Please remember that even if we get the perfect design we can’t build it without donations. Every dollar counts double thanks to the generosity of our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, which will match your donation. You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. The veterans of this bygone war deserve a memorial. We can build it.

Shout Outs

Col Mike Visconage and the entire TX volunteer team for spearheading the mission to establish a Committee in TX!

Virginia Dilkes - for going state to state across the west and assisting in finding the right people to set up WWI Centennial Commissions.

The Great War Channel

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 latest videos are:

J.R.R. Tolkien - The Father of Lord of The Rings: WHO DID WHAT IN WORLD WAR 1?
Published on Nov 2, 2015. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (JRR Tolkien) served on the Western Front of World War 1. It is believed that his experiences of the horrors war were a direct inspiration for his Lord of the Rings-Books. The struggle between good and evil and the price for victory are strong motives in his work. Find out which other similarities there are between the Lord of the Rings and the First World War.

Russia Stems The Tide - Winter Is Coming: THE GREAT WAR Week 66
Published on Oct 29, 2015. After the Great Retreat during the summer, the Russians are finally able to fight back the Germans at Dvinsk. With a new type of trench warfare, they are able to render August von Mackensen's artillery useless and only take on small numbers of Germans at the same time. The German army is successful in Serbia though and so the situation for the Serbs looks grim. Meanwhile Benito Mussolini writes in his diary that the worst enemy is not Austria-Hungary, but lice. All of the soldiers and generals know one thing: Winter is coming.

The Great War 100 Years Ago

Presented by Mr. Mike Hanlon - WorldWar1.com

Technical difficulties prevented Mr. Hanlon's lecture.

Upcoming Events

If you have an agenda item to include, please email Andrew McGreal by the Monday before the next Sync Call.

If you have an event for our calendar, please submit it here.

For a listing of events and exhibits, please visit the Commission Events Page

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