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Sync Call for Wednesday March 02 at 12pm EST

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News at a Glance

1.New Sync Call Platform - Next Week

2. Collaboration Call Tomorrow - Travelling Exhibits

3. Army Commemorative Office Pamphlets

Read more below!


Help the WW1CC!

  1. Donate! Go to our donations page.
  2. Send us interns! Direct anyone you know who is interested to our Internship webpage.
  3. Help with state and regional organization! Let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  4. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization.
  5. Wear official WW1 commemorative merchandise with pride! Head over to the Commission shop for a full selection.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: New Sync Call Platform Next Week

We have exceeded our technical capacity with GoToMeeting and will be moving to a new platform - GoToWebinar - next week tentatively. This transition will resolve many of the technical issues we have faced in recent calls.

We will send out a special notification early next week before the Sync Call with instructions on how to register for the new platform. Registration only requires your name and email address and you’ll only need to register once. After which, you will be able to join simply by clicking a link as always.

Thank you for working with us as we take the Sync Call to the next level!

News and Announcements:

Updates from the States

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

Collaboration Call: Travelling Exhibits - Tomorrow Thursday, March 03 12pm EST
The National Coordination Team will host the next State Outreach Collaboration Call tomorrow on Thursday March 3 at 12pm EST. This call will feature three experts to discuss Travelling Exhibits in detail. These experts include Lara Vogt of the National WWI Museum & Memorial, Melissa Tyer of the First Division Museum, and Brian Horrigan of the Minnesota Historical Society. If you would like to be added to the Collaboration Call roster, email Andrew McGreal. We will post a recording of this call and a report on it on ww1cc.org/State-Outreach.

Massachusetts WWI Committee Meeting
The Massachusetts Committee will hold its second meeting tomorrow at 10 AM EST. The meeting will take place at M.I.T. , 70 Memorial Drive, 275.

Texas WWI Committee Meeting
The U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Museum at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio will host the first South Texas coordination meeting for the Texas World War I Centennial Commemoration on March 3, 2016. The Museum will host two identical meeting sessions (9am-11am and 1pm-3pm) in the Museum Auditorium. The meetings are open to organizations and individuals interested in helping commemorate the role of Texas and Texans in The Great War. For more information on attending, contact wwicc.tx@gmail.com. And for more information on the TX WWI Committee, visit their website.

Upper Midwest Regional Meeting
Susan Mennenga and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library will host the next Upper Midwest Region Meeting at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago on Thursday, March 17. The meeting will last from 9 am from 11 am and will be followed by a networking lunch. There will be an option to dial in for a live stream - that link will be available soon.

The next meeting of the Virginia WWI Centennial Committee will take place at the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk on Monday, March 14th at 10:00 a.m.

WWI Commemorative Pamphlet Series

The Army Commemorative Office is creating a series of 9 pamphlets on the First World War. Each pamphlet will be 50 pages long, including maps and pictures, and will follow the American mobilization, progression of campaigns throughout Europe, and demobilization.

The Army Commemorative Office is in need of unpaid volunteer authors for these pamphlets. If you are a historian or are interested in historical research, contact Glenn Williams at (202)685-4117 or glenn.f.williams.civ@mail.mil for more information.

The DOUGHBOY MIA Project: Research Assistance Needed

Doughboy MIA will be visiting the National Archives in College Park, MD on 29 March through 1 April. They need volunteers to help them review the 300 boxes of records of American soldiers from the Great War still listed as missing. Contact: Project Founder Rob Laplander at: rlaplander@wi.rr.com if you are interested in helping.

Centennial Countdown February 1916 - Blog by Dennis Cross

It's February 1916. The war in Europe shows no signs of abating. As negotiations over the sinking of the Lusitania come perilously close to a breach in relations with Germany, President Woodrow Wilson is embarked on a speaking tour through the Midwest to sell his "preparedness" program. Learn about this and more happenings for the month of February in this month’s installment of the Centennial Countdown available here.

The March 2016 issue of the St. Mihiel Trip

Mike Hanlon’s Trip-Wire is now up. Visit http://www.worldwar1.com/tripwire/smtw.htm.

US Mint Coin Design Competition - Feb 29 - Apr 28

The United States Mint is calling on American artists to design a WWI commemorative coin, to be issued in 2018, that will honor the accomplishments of heroes on the front line and the home front. The coin will serve as a tribute to the bravery, actions and sacrifices of Americans a century ago, while providing a tangible touch point for generations to come. The competition is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are at least 18 years or older. During Phase One of the competition, which is open from February 29–April 28, 2016, artists are encouraged to submit their contact information and three to five work samples using the online form on the Mint website. Up to 20 applicants from Phase One will be selected to participate in Phase Two, where they will create and submit designs and plasters for the final coin. The winner will not only have his or her initials on the final coin, but will also receive a $10,000 prize. The Coin Design Competition is an opportunity for American artists to inspire people with the bravery, actions and sacrifices of Americans, as well as encouraging future generations to remember and appreciate the history of World War I.

Upcoming Events:

American Field Service- WWI Curriculum -Tonight
AFS is pleased to announce an exciting new curriculum titled The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919. Developed for secondary school teachers to use with their history, civics, literature, and social studies students, this unique and relevant curriculum will be launched at the Flanders House in New York City on March 2, 2016. The curriculum highlights the important role of U.S. American volunteers in World War I, including the important work of A. Piatt Andrew and AFS. It also speaks to the future by highlighting how volunteerism is a key component of intercultural competence and global citizenship education. This is endorsed by the Commission and all are encouraged to attend!

Over There: America in the Great War
Thursday, Mar. 3 | 6 p.m.
Presented in partnership with the United States World War One Centennial Commission, Commissioner Rob Dalessandro and his wife, Rebecca, discuss their new book— Over There: America in the Great War. The book features more than 360 rarely-seen photographs, aiming to bring to life and honor the service of more than four million American men and women in a war that, for many, exists only in a handful of posed photographs and grainy snippets of film footage. This book is available for purchase in our Merchandise Shop on our website!

Forty-Seven Days
WWICC Ex Officio Member and Member of the Historical Advisory Board, Dr. Mitch Yockelson will begin his book signing tour on March 4 here in the Washington, DC area. Mitch’s new book is on the Argonne campaign, titled Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing's Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I

Book Signing Dates and Venues
Friday, March 4, 2016
Annapolis Book Store
7:00PM to 8:30PM
35 Maryland AVE, Annapolis, MD 21401-1627

Thursday, March 10, 2016
National Press Club
6:00PM to 8:00PM
Reception Sponsored by World War I Centennial Commission
NATIONAL PRESS CLUB, 529 14th St NW Ste 1300, Washington DC 20045 2393

National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park

Designers Joe Weishaar and Sabin Howard were in Washington, DC this morning at the National Press Club for their Newsmakers Program.

Visit ww1cc.org/design to check out the winning design team and their design concept.

Please remember that even with this 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 donating $11.11 today to the Memorial Fund. These veterans deserve a memorial. We can build it.

Challenge Coins

We will offer our partners the opportunity to create and purchase challenge coins with our logo on the obverse and theirs on the reverse. Let Meredith Carr know if you’re interested.

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, sign up on our Commission Subscription webpage.


Volunteer Spotlight

Brigadier General R. G. Head - WWI Aviation Specialist

His first venture was building a replica 6-ft. Albatros B-II, a reconnaissance plane used in WWI. He is now writing a biography on Oswald Boelcke, a German ace of WWI, a memorial to whom will be placed in France on the place where he crashed and died during the war. This book is the first significant biography of Boelcke since 1932. In the book, Head has created a chronology of aviation throughout the war which he has kindly donated to the WWI Centennial Commission.

Throughout process of writing his book and creating a WWI aviation chronology, Head has discovered six major points about the war:

  1. WWI was a global war: Not long after Germany declared war on France and Russia, Japan declared war on Germany. The war was fought not only in western Europe, but also throughout Mesopotamia and modern-day Iraq.
  2. Reconnaissance technology was more advanced than expected: Britain was no longer isolated, but was easily attacked.
  3. Royal aircraft and aircraft reconnaissance was larger than expected: Reconnaissance was no longer cavalry-heavy.
  4. WWI saw the birth and importance of air superiority: The Germans had undeniable air superiority, which is the impetus for their successes.
  5. The role of Aces is heavily downplayed: 80% of enemy aircrafts were downed by Aces (pilots who shot down more than 5 enemy aircrafts) as opposed to the paltry 20% of enemy aircrafts that were downed by pilots who were not Aces.
  6. Military and civilian pilots merged to create unique air power: The structure and stability of military pilots was curbed by the faster, dangerous tactics of civilian pilots. The results were thrilling and daring, but effective and precise.


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:

Erwin Rommel - Infantry Attacks During World War 1 : WHO DID WHAT IN WW1?
Published on Feb 29, 2016. Erwin Rommel had his baptism of fire during the initial offensives of World War 1 on the Western Front. His fearlessness and daring actions made him rise through the ranks quickly. When the German infantry tactics changed and the new Stormtrooper regiments were built, Rommel was the kind of officer needed. During the war in Romania and the battles of Italy he distinguished himself and already started building his legendary reputation that followed him into World War 2 as the Desert Fox.

British Child Soldiers of WW1 - War Graves Comission : OUT OF THE TRENCHES
Published on Feb 27, 2016. In this edition of Out Of The Trenches Indy talks about the so called child soldiers who lied about their age to join the army and how relatives were informed about the passing of their husbands, friends and brothers.

The Battle of Verdun - They Shall Not Pass : THE GREAT WAR - Week 83
Published on Feb 25, 2016: The Germans start the biggest battle in history with an artillery barrage of over 1000 guns on a 20 km front. The Battle of Verdun is the first major German offensive since the Race to the Sea and Erich von Falkenhayn has high hopes to break through the French lines. Right before the offensive starts, the French are able to reinforce their defences, so they are barely able to hold the line. The French credo is: "lls ne passeront pas!" – they shall not pass!


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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