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Sync Call for Wednesday January 13 at 12pm EST
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News at a Glance

1. Upcoming Events

  • 10th Commission Meeting - January 25
  • WWI Memorial Design Competition Winner Announcement - January 25

2. The Texas WWI Centennial Committee Website is Live

3. Commissioner Seefried Awarded the Legion d'Honneur

Read more below!


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.
  6. Wear official WW1 commemorative merchandise with pride! Head over to the Commission shop for a full selection.

News and Announcements:

The National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park- Winner Announcement on January 25

The Design Competition winner will be announced Monday January 25 at 2:30pm. We will hold a press conference at the National Press Club. The announcement of the winner will coincide with our 10th Commission Meeting.

As you know, the jury deliberated last week in Washington DC. They will offer their recommendation for the winning design concept at the Commission meeting on Monday, January 25 at 10 am. The Commission will then vote on this recommendation and the resultant winner will be announced at the press conference.

Our special advisers, Gen. Barry McCaffrey and Mrs. Sandra Pershing, will be in attendance along with all of our Commissioners. We invite you to join us and we can really use your help in the next two weeks to spread the word about the Design Competition winner. Please reach out to our Roger Fisk, our Chief Development Officer, for information on how you can help.

Please remember that even with the perfect design, we can’t build a memorial without donations. The Memorial is estimated to cost around $25 million and that figure will change depending on the winner. We can’t hope to complete the memorial by the centennial of Armistice Day if we don’t have enough money. We will need all that cash in hand before the end of 2017 to make that due date. Every dollar donated will be matched by our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library. You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. These veterans deserve a memorial. We can build it.

Congratulations, Commissioner Seefried!

Commissioner Monique Seefried will be decorated with the Chevalier of France's Legion d'Honneur by France's Ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, at the embassy residence this evening in Washington, DC.

The Legion d'Honneur is France's highest order of distinction. There are five levels to the national order, with France's president traditionally holding the highest level. The Chevalier, or Knight, level is the inaugural level. The Legion d'Honneur was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.

This is such a wonderful honor and we are very proud of Commissioner Seefried. Congratulations!

Updates from the States

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

Texas WWI Centennial Commission
The Texas WWI Centennial Committee webpage is now online on the national Commission's website!

A couple of general items on Texas' status:

  • Over the last 10 months the Texas centennial grass root effort has engaged with over 80 organizations spanning the State including military bases, museums, civic & veteran organizations, academic institutions, libraries, historical sites, and State agencies.
  • The Texas Governor's office has identified the Texas Historical Commission as the lead agency for Texas' WWI Centennial and will likely make a formal announcement in the coming weeks.
  • In Texas, key run up events to WWI were already taking place in 1916, including the Mexican Punitive Action (March 1916 – February 1917) with San Antonio serving as main logistics staging base and the home of the First Aero Squadron supporting General Pershing's forces in the Punitive Action. Tensions along the Mexico - U.S. border ran high and ultimately it was the Zimmerman Telegram, revealing Germany's attempt to propose an alliance with Mexico and encouraging them to retake Texas and other territory lost to the U.S. over 50 years earlier, that pushed America into the war.

Collaboration Call
Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s State Outreach Collaboration Call and a special thank you to our panelists - Jim Patton, Becki Trivison, and Del. Betsy Carr. The next call will take place on Thursday, February 4th at 12pm EST and will focus on Archives and the Centennial. More on that in the upcoming weeks.

Diplomatic Advisory Board

The inaugural meeting of the Diplomatic Advisory Board takes place this afternoon in Washington. We are very pleased with the response from these former Ambassadors and look forward to their help and counsel. The Board includes:

  • Governor James Blanchard
  • Ambassador Jeffrey L. Bleich
  • Ambassador James E. Goodby
  • Ambassador Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis
  • Ambassador Howard H. Leach
  • Mr. Gerald Loftus
  • Ambassdor James G Lowenstein
  • Ambassador Gerald McGowan
  • Ambassador Carol Elizabeth Moseley Braun
  • Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering
  • Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr.
  • Ambassador Charles Rivkin
  • Ambassador Carl Spielvogel
  • Ambassador Craig Roberts Stapleton

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!

DISPATCH Newsletter

The Commission publishes a weekly newsletter, the DISPATCH. If you’re not receiving this and want to, please email Meredith Carr to be added to the distribution list.


Shout out

To Commissioner Seefried - Congratulations once again on being awarded the Legion d'Honneur!


The Great War Channel

Would you like to see some great videos on YouTube about WWI? Check out The Great War Channel. Posting multiple times 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:

One Of the Capable Generals of WW1 - Arthur Currie : WHO DID WHAT IN WW1?

Published on Jan 11, 2016. Arthur Currie is one of the few universally acclaimed generals of World War 1. His refusal to send is troops into battle as canon fodder and his detailed planning and training made the Canadian Corps a force to be reckoned with on the Western Front. Find out all about the man who was only serving in the militia before the war.

Prelude to Verdun And The Road To the Somme : THE GREAT WAR - Week 76

Published on Jan 7, 2016. 1915 was a year in favor of the Central Powers. But in early 1916, the Russians, British and French were sending more fresh troops into battle than ever before – and better equipped too. French General Joseph Joffre was confident that a huge combined offensive at the Somme in summer would turn the tide. But German Chief of Staff Erich von Falkenhayn had his own plans to bleed the French dry at Verdun.


The Great War 100 Years Ago

Presented by Mr. Mike Hanlon - WorldWar1.com

 Mr. Hanlon was unavailable for his weekly lecture.


Upcoming Events

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