New state-level WWI Centennial Commission signed into law in Michigan
By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, United States World War One Centennial Commission
Monday, October 9, 2017 was a great day for the veterans of Michigan, as Governor Rick Snyder signed SB 248 into law, officially forming Michigan's World War I Centennial Commission.
Senate Bill 248, sponsored by state Sen. Rebekah Warren, creates a new commission within the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs charged with planning, developing and executing programs and activities to commemorate the centennial of World War I. It is now Public Act 97 of 2017.
Michigan played a huge role in America's efforts during World War I. Many training camps were created across the state, including the famous Camp Custer, and the manufacturing centers of Detroit, Flint, and Lansing provided mass quantities of everything from tanks, to trucks, to artillery shells.
Some 135,000 men and women from Michigan served in uniform during the war, and some 5,000 lost their lives in the war.
The signing was done by a formal ceremony at the state capital that was attended by representatives from the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.
The Michigan World War I Centennial Commission website can be found here: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/michigan-in-ww1-home-page.html
You can also follow the new Centennial Commission on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Michigans-WW1-Centennial-372219899492542/
Our Centennial Commission also hosts a map of World War I-related historic places in the state of Michigan here: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/michigan-in-ww1-places.html