African American Officers Mule Rearing gas masks African American Soldiers 1 pilots in dress uniforms The pilots doughboys with mules Riveters

 IMG 3879On Friday evening, November 9, National WWI Memorial sculptor Sabin Howard (black jacket)rehearsed for a living reenactor recreation of his massive memorial sculpture, utilizing some 38 local actors and volunteers. The recreation would be presented the following night.

Photo Gallery 3 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 3840On Friday, November 9th, the WW1CC presented "Tribute to the Homefront", which told the story on contributions made by the families of those who served in the war. As part of the event, we partnered with our friends Purple Hearts Reunited to host a WWI medals-return ceremony for five families who had lost artifacts from their ancestor heroes.

20181109DCKW104Howard Scott, the descendant of World War I veterans Jason Hunt, shows Purple Heart medal at medals-return ceremony hosted by Purple Hearts Reunited on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 in Washington, DC.

IMG 3857(Above and below) On Friday evening, November 9, National WWI Memorial sculptor Sabin Howard (black jacket)rehearsed for a living reenactor recreation of his massive memorial sculpture, utilizing some 38 local actors and volunteers. The re-creation would be presented the following night.

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