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IMG 3796A highlight of the A First Look events on November 8 was a concert by WW1CC's partner project, "The 369th Experience", a recreation of the legendary Regimental Jazz Band from the WWI 369th Infantry 'Harlem Hellfighters'. The modern-day 369th Experience was made up of music students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities from across the country.  

Photo Gallery 2 of the Centennial Commission's ACE Events Nov 8-12, 2018 

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

To mark the Armistice anniversary, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission hosted a number of events -- concerts, religious services, education symposia, commemorations, gatherings -- across the National Capital region, over the course of 8-12 November.

The schedule represented an incredible partnership with such remarkable teammates as the Kennedy Center, the National Cathedral, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and many many others. Dubbed the ACE Events -- for Armistice Centennial Events -- they brought together long-term supporters of the Centennial activities over the years, with new members of our World War I community, many of whom have direct and indirect ties to people who served in the war.

Within the ACE Events, were special get-togethers, hosted at the downtown DC Pershing Park, future location of our new National World War I Memorial. We named them A First Look at the National World War I Memorial, because they also included a public introduction to the newest, agency-approved design concept, presented 'in situ' -- right there, at the Pershing Park site, in the First Look Pavilion.

We have collected a few images from those incredible events, for you to enjoy. (Click here to see the previous gallery.)

IMG 3761As part of telling the Armistice Centennial story, WW1CC Special Advisor Colonel Gerald York, grandson of WWI hero SGT Alvin York, hosted a series of back-to-back-to-back satellite interviews with news outlets across the country on November 8. He participated in 27 interviews in a row.

 IMG 3818The first official A First Look event took place on Thursday 8 NOV at Pershing Park. Entitled "The Nation Served: Wreath Laying Tribute to the States and Territories" the commemoration featured a host of high profile speakers, to include U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, The Honorable Robert Wilkie (at podium).

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