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World War I Centennial News


Stories from Bells of Peace participants: Atlantic County Veterans Museum, NJ

“It's a wonderful way to bring people together from all over the country to honor the veterans."

By Wanxing Niu
Staff Writer

Getting closer to November 11th, more and more organizations and individuals have signed up to join the Bells of Peace. Among 179 organizations, Atlantic County Veterans Museum was one of the them who are willing to toll bells with us in remembrance of sons and daughters who served and sacrificed during World War I.

Atlantic County Veterans MuseumThe historic Daniel Estell House is the home of the Atlantic County Veterans Museum. (Photo: Hannah Fox, at Estell Manor, New Jersey, the museum has opened since June 2017 featuring the history of the United States military and many military events from the American Revolution to the present, according to museum’s social media account.

BOP Logo 200“I received an email from the New Jersey Historical Commission,” Kimberly Brown, an administrator at Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the museum, said in an email.

“It's a wonderful way to bring people together from all over the country to honor the veterans who served and sacrificed their lives for freedom,” she said.

Atlantic County has a long tradition in memorizing soldiers who served in wars. Back in 2002, the County published a book entitled Call to Duty: Recollections of Atlantic County Veterans, including more than 300 personal accounts and photographs of Atlantic County veterans. Other World War I related displays also featured within the museum.

Charles Wesley Price, who was born and raised in Pleasantville, NJ, was the first Atlantic County resident to die in World War I. He enlisted at the age of 15 and served with the 8th Co., 5th Regiment of the US Marines, the "Fighting Fifth," two years in Mexico and Nicaragua and then was sent to France in 1917, according to the book.

Price was killed in the trenches during the Aisne defense in a machine gun engagement at Belleau Woods on June 4, 1918.

Read more: Stories from Bells of Peace participants: Atlantic County Veterans Museum

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David Shuey: Remembering the consummate Living Historian 

By Anthony C. Hayes
via the Baltimore Post-Examiner web site

Carlisle, PA — There is a WWII uniform hanging in my closet which wasn’t there six months ago. The badges on the epaulets may say “U.S. War Correspondent,” but please know this: it is not a theatrical costume. I actually wear that uniform, as well as other pieces I’ve assembled, in my work as a journalist while covering living history events. For the longest time, I hesitated to go reenactor gonzo with my job. Then David Shuey – actor, reenactor and living historian – told me, “You know, I could talk all day about Gen. Pershing or Jeb Stuart and the Civil War, and no one would give a damn. But once I put on a uniform and get on my horse, I have their undivided attention.”

And so he did.

I first encountered Dave in Washington D.C. at the 2015 Air Force Association Convention. I was there that day to do a followup story on the late Jerry Yellin – the Army Air Force pilot who led the last combat mission against the Japanese during WWII. Jerry was set to receive the Association’s 2015 Hoyt S. Vandenberg Award.

To say I first “encountered” Dave that day is no misnomer. With his smart service cap, four gold stars, calf-high riding boots, khaki britches, and mustard green tunic – David Shuey clearly stood out amongst a sea of Air Force blue. I followed Dave from the auditorium, where he watched as the association presented Jerry with the award, across the hall, down the escalator, and into the exposition area. There I lost him – until I turned a corner and found Dave and Chris Isleib manning the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission booth. Of course, once I got to the booth, Dave’s entire getup made perfect sense.

Read more: David Shuey: Remembering the consummate Living Historian

Falls Township in PA adopts ‘Bells of Peace’ proclamation

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FALLS TOWNSHIP — Veterans Day will have extra meaning this November. The Remembrance Day falls on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice agreement, which ended the fighting in World War I.

The significance of the anniversary isn’t lost on the Falls Township Supervisors, who unanimously approved a Bells of Peace Proclamation at the request of the United States World War One Centennial Commission. The proclamation asks that everyone toll bells at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 in remembrance of the 4.7 million people who served in World War I.

In all, WWI claimed the lives of 116,516 Americans and wounded 200,000.

The Falls Supervisors adopted the proclamation at the suggestion of Chairman Bob Harvie, a history teacher at the Bucks County Technical High School.

“It was the way that World War I ended that set the stage for World War II,” Harvie said, adding that the link between World War I is apparent with future conflicts as well, including, the Korean War and the Cold War. The redrawn boundaries led to “many tensions” in Saudi Arabia and Iraq also. “It continues to this day in many ways.”

Read more: Falls Township in PA adopts ‘Bells of Peace’ proclamation


The Money Museum has a great WWI Exhibit — with a Brand-New Virtual Exhibit online 

By Rodney Gillis
via the Money Museum web site

Called “The Great War” and more optimistically “The War to End All Wars,” World War I was an event that changed the world’s political map and the fabric of civilization.

To honor the 100th anniversary of United States involvement in World War I, the Money Museum, operated by the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and located adjacent to Colorado College, is unveiling its newest exhibit: Trenches to Treaties: World War I in Remembrance.

The exhibit showcases coins and paper money from combatant nations, art medals and military decorations, as well as weapons and uniforms to illustrate the events and effects of World War I politically, economically and socially.

Notable artifacts on display include rare military decorations (awarded for heroism) such as the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor and the French Croix de guerre; personal items soldiers carried in the field; dog tags, military badges and insignia; propaganda and satirical medals; plus a trench that replicates the front lines of battle.

"Trenches to Treaties explores World War I with money and beautiful, thought-provoking medals. Themes range from finance, propaganda, art and commemoration,” said Money Museum Director and Curator Doug Mudd. “Exciting interactives include a life-size trench and operating morse code keys as used in trench communications. Come learn about the crash of the gold standard, merchant submarines and the role of pigeons!"

Now -- The Money Museum offers a remarkable new Virtual Numismatic Exhibit, as a companion to Trenches to Treaties. This new online exhibit for Trenches to Treaties: World War I in Remembrance can be found here:

This exhibit runs through November 2018.

Read more: The Money Museum has a great WWI Exhibit -- with a Brand-New Virtual Exhibit online

5bc4d2805bec7.imageNebraska players will wear this "leather" helmet in the game against Illinois on November 10.

With a 'leather' helmet, Husker alternates inspired by uniform worn during Memorial Stadium's first season

By Sam McKewon
via the Omaha World-Herald newspaper web site

Devine Ozigbo liked the helmet.

“I like what they did with the decal, to make it look like a leatherhead,” he said. “That’s pretty cool.”

Indeed, the leather helmet look is the most notable design item in Nebraska’s newest Adidas alternate uniform, which will be worn for the Nov. 10 game against Illinois.

Designed to commemorate Veterans Day, Memorial Stadium and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, NU’s alternates look nothing like the flashy, futuristic uniforms they wore 2012-2016 and, while similar to the 1997 replicas Nebraska donned last season, feature a dramatically different helmet and a well-known statement stitched into the back of the red jersey that comes right from the facade of Memorial Stadium.

“Not the victory but the action; Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory,” is written in small capital letters where the name of the player would normally be.

The uniform, though modern in construction and fabric, is intended to look like the uniforms Nebraska wore when Memorial Stadium opened in 1923. The front of the jersey, according to an Adidas press release, is “tonal” and “paneled,” while the pants are “designed to resemble the first facade of Memorial Stadium.” The numbers and fonts are “inspired” by the first game clock used in Memorial Stadium.

But the helmet is the standout. It’s designed to replicate a leather helmet. The primary surface appears dimpled, the way a leather helmet would be, with strap decals laid over the top. The classic N has been removed from the helmet for the first time since the 2009 Louisiana game, when Nebraska celebrated its 300th sellout with 1962 throwbacks that featured just numbers.

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New Hello Girls Musical Play to debut in NYC

By Madison Metz
Staff Writer

 The Hello Girls were a group of women sworn into the United States Army who served their country by managing the switchboards during World War I. Being billingual in both French and English telephone operators they were stationed in France shown to have been an extensive help to the American forces. They paved the way for women being able to work and represent the United States Army Signal Corps yet are hardly talked about when we think about the history of World War I.

98101Cara Reichel and Peter MillsCara Reichel, a writer, and artistic director, came across these women and their story through a documentary called “Unsung Heroes” in 2014.

After watching this, Reichel wrote up a grant to the National Education Association or the NEA to help develop a musical version of he Hello Girls story, with her co-writer Peter Mills.

In spring 2017 they have commissioned the grant through the Prospect Theatre Company using research to bring to life the story of the Hello Girls.Using sources such as “The Bell Telephone News” and “Stars and Stripes” both of which were wartime publications, they also read journals of Grace Banker, a chief operator among other sources they have found along the way.

The latest source was the recently published book titled The Hello Girls by Elizabeth Cobb in 2017 was a resource used as well.

Reichel and Mills wanted to make this musical an immersive true to the historical experience of what these women went through and accomplished while having the job of being a Hello Girl.


Read more: New Hello Girls Musical Play to debut in NYC


WW1CC supporting the "Battle’s O'er" – bagpipes project commemorating 100 years since the end of WWI 

By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, United States World War One Centennial Commission

The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission is supporting the efforts by DC-based bagpiper Tim Kirkpatrick, who is taking part in "Battle’s O'er", an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.

Organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, "Battle’s O'er" takes place on November 11th 2018, with events throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany, to name but a few.

At 6am local, around the world, lone pipers will play 'Battle’s O’er', a traditional Scottish air played after a battle, followed by a specially-written tribute will be read out. Overall, some 1,000 pipers will be playing the tune in individual locations within their local communities.

Kirkpatrick will play at a location to be determined near the National Mall.

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University of Illinois and 11 days of World War I Presentations 

By Michelle McCrillis
University of Illinois at Chicago 

The University of Illinois offers an incredible eleven days of World War I-themed events, to include panel discussions, symposia, exhibitions, and more. All info can be found here;

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 the guns fell silent and the world's first global conflict — "The Great War" — came to an end. One of the most destructive wars in modern history, the conflict resulted in the slaughter of more than 16 million soldiers and civilians.

Few today appreciate the deep impact World War I had on the world, or the profound ways in which it continues to resonate. The war ushered in a global sea change in technology, science, medicine, music, literature, visual art and literature. It introduced new and distinctly modern ways of thinking about war, pacifism, heroism, and sacrifice, redefining the nation’s role on the world stage.

This November, the Honors College and UIC will mark the centenary of the end of World War I with 11 days of interdisciplinary conversations and events exploring the war that transformed our contemporary world.

All programs are free and registration is not required.

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09 007 5Members of the 369th Infantry, formerly the 15th New York Guard Regiment, arrive in New York City in 1919. The regiment has been known as the Famous 369th, the Harlem Hellfighters and the Black Rattlers. War Department photo

Task force urges review of minorities' WWI valor awards 

By Matt Grills
via the American Legion web site

With American Legion support, a group of volunteers is proposing the first-ever review of World War I veterans who may have been denied a Medal of Honor due to racial or ethnic discrimination.

Established by the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, the Valor Medals Review Task Force is starting with the records of approximately 70 African-American soldiers -- in particular, those worthy of the nation's highest military award who may have been downgraded to a Distinguished Service Cross or received a French Croix de Guerre with palm.

"We're not going in with any number in mind," says Jeffrey Sammons, professor of history at New York University and co-author of "Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality."

"We want this to be as unbiased and apolitical as possible, and to let the evidence lead us where it may."

The U.S. military conducted reviews of valor awards for minority veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and all subsequent conflicts, but not those who served in World War I. The posthumous awarding of Medals of Honor to Cpl. Freddie Stowers in 1991 and Sgt. Henry Johnson in 2015 set a precedent for challenging the postwar review conducted in 1919, which resulted in zero Medal of Honor awards for black veterans and few for other minorities.

At its 100th National Convention in Minneapolis in August, The American Legion passed Resolution No. 109, which calls for legislation lifting statutes of limitation and other obstacles that may impede proper review of minority veterans' World War I records that support consideration for a Medal of Honor.

Read more: Task force urges review of minorities' World War I valor awards

Pennsylvania church bells to toll on Veterans Day 

By Carol Sones Shetler
via the Luminary newspaper (PA) web site

Picture Rocks churchThe tower at Picture Rocks United Methodist Church where on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. a combined service for area churches will observe a nationwide ringing of 'Bells of Peace' marking the centennial of the Armistice ending WWI.PICTURE ROCKS, PA — When bells ring out across the nation on Sunday Nov. 11 observing the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day (now Veteran's Day), the United Methodist Church of Picture Rocks will be one of several churches and organizations serving as host sites.

The event planning is in response to a declaration by the National WWI Centennial Commission created by Congress in 2013, sponsors of the 'BELLS OF PEACE' initiative. Partnering with the commission are the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion who are encouraged to co-sponsor and publicize the event.

As Veteran's Day 2018 falls on Sunday, it is appropriate that churches include bell tolling during their services. In the Picture Rocks area, neighboring churches will gather at the United Methodist Church on Laurel Street promptly at 10:30 a.m.

Additional congregations participating will be the United Methodist Churches of Tivoli, Point Bethel and Kedron, and those from the Picture Rocks Baptist Church. (Handicap accessibility at rear of church).

Speakers for the patriotic themed program will be the Reverends Mel Saltzgiver and Jerry Uppling. Attendees will have opportunity to voice names of their late WWI veterans, either relatives or acquaintances.

Individuals are invited to bring their own bells to be rung simultaneously with the steeple bell. Bells are to be rung beginning at 11 a.m. for 21 times with five second intervals.

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WWI Centennial, Veterans Day observances to be held at Waikiki Natatorium 

via the Hawaii Army Weekly

HONOLULU — The 100th year Anniversary of the end of World War I, Armistice, will be commemorated on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2018. This dual tribute will honor our ancestors who aided the war efforts and volunteered their services.

HawaiiWWIThe entire day, Sunday, November 11th, will be full of free to the public activities ranging from live bagpipers playing in unison with a nationwide mass rendition of the retreat march, a World War I Film Festival, static historic displays and free concerts by the Marine Forces Pacific Band, Royal Hawaiian Band, Raiatea Helm and the Harry James Orchestra. 

“It is our great honor to bring to light Hawaii’s participation in World War I,” stated Col. (R) Arthur Tulak. “The commitment of the people of the territory of Hawaii — from knitting and rolling bandages to those who served, and those who died in battle, should be forever remembered.”

Over one hundred years ago, more than 10,000 soldiers and citizens from the Territory of Hawaii volunteered their services including Queen Lilioukalani and the legendary Duke Kahanamoku. There are numerous stories that connect Hawaii to the war efforts that will be shared through traditional and social media over the next several weeks leading up Veteran’s Day.

The Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial will be the center point of most of the activities on November 11th. More information can be found at A complete schedule of events and details can be found at

Read more: WWI Centennial, Veterans Day observances to be held at Waikiki Natatorium

Horse Heroes site honors the 1,325,000 American horses & mules that served in WWI

Special to the United States World War I Centennial Commission web site

LEXINGTON, KY -- Brooke USA, along with the World War One Centennial Commission, announce the completion of their Horse Heroes website, honoring American horses and mules who served in WWI.

Horse Heroes is an extensive and meticulously researched web-based presentation documenting all aspects of the use of American horses and mules in World War One. The Horse Heroes site may be accessed on the World War One Centennial Commission website at:

horse image2With more than 75,000 words of text and 250 images and video clips, the website is suitable as a resource for public school teachers as well as for college-level course material. Jo Ellen Hayden (B.A.,M.A., History), who researched and authored the site, is available to speak on all aspects of the use of horses and mules in World War One, including providing university-level lectures.

The site presents the largest collection of photographs of American animals in World War One available on the web.

Conceived and designed in collaboration with the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, the website features accurate historical information on purchase, training, shipping, veterinary care, and battlefield conditions for these animals. 

Background about the war and its geography, trench warfare, weather in France, social conditions in 1914-1918, and basic information about horses and mules are provided in the “Setting the Scene” section of the website, to enhance understanding of how those conditions impacted equines and the men they served.

Extensive information is presented about how the animals were used both as draft animals in harness, and as riding animals under saddle. There are sections on equipment such as harness, saddlery, shoes, and vehicles, and how the mobilization for war impacted those industries. A section is devoted to the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, which was formed only a year before the war began and struggled to provide care under unimaginably desperate conditions.

Read more: Horse Heroes website honors the 1,325,000 American horses and mules who served in WW1

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World Premiere of Pershing's Paths of Glory Nov. 11 in Silver Spring, MD

Special to the United States World War I Centennial Commission web site

The World War I Centennial Commission presents the World Premiere of a documentary film about the great American Hero, General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, on Sunday, November 11, 2018, 100 years after the Armistice ending the fighting in World War I on November 11, 1918.

In Pershing's Paths of Glory, a group of young cadets recruited nationwide follow General Pershing’s paths across the globe and provide insight into how Pershing's leadership can influence students today.

As General Pershing’s living legacy, they visit historic battlefields and trenches in France to learn about and experience his heroic deeds first-hand.

The cadets include:

  • Kevin Collins-Nelson, Pershing Rifleman; Raleigh-Durham North Carolina
  • Roberto Duran, Pershing Rifleman (U.S. Air Force Special Forces Pilot); Fort Worth, Texas
  • Victoria-Rose Reid, Pershing Angel; Atlanta, Georgia
  • John Branch, Blackjack; Augusta, Georgia
  • David Poe, Former Captain, U.S. Army, Purple Heart/Bronze Star w/Valor, Afghanistan; Denver, Colorado

In 1894, Lieutenant Pershing revived a disheartened ROTC drill squad at the University of Nebraska. These Varsity Rifles were reorganized and trained by General Pershing with the discipline of a fighting unit, and they eventually won the national drill competition. After General Pershing left to teach at West Point, the group renamed themselves The Pershing Rifles. In mid-20th Century, two related programs were founded, a female collegiate sorority called the Pershing Angels and a high school organization called the Blackjacks.

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