The National World War I Memorial in Pershing Park, currently under construction, will educate the American people, and visitors from abroad, about the significance of World War I in American and world history, and honor the accomplishments of a forgotten generation of Americans. The memorial will have a rightful place alongside the memorials in Washington to the other great wars of the 20th century. The WWI Memorial will be located within Pershing Park on Pennsylvania Avenue, one block from the White House. The park honors Gen. John J. Pershing, commander of American troops in the war. Joseph Weishaar, a graduate from the University of Arkansas School of Architecture, won an international competition to adapt the park landscape, designed by noted American architect M. Paul Friedberg, to accommodate a World War I memorial. On April 16, 2021, the Inaugural Raising of the Flag of the United States over the memorial site was celebrated with a live broadcast event.