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Sync Call for Wednesday April 20 at 12pm EDT

News at a Glance

1. Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Ceremony

2. US Mint WWI Commemorative Coin Competition - 1 Week Left! 

3. New LOC Exhibit: World War I: American Artists View the Great War 

Read more below!


Help the WW1CC!

  1. Donate! Go to our donations page.
  2. Send us interns! Direct anyone you know who is interested to our Internship webpage.
  3. Help with state and regional organization! Let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  4. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization.
  5. Wear official WW1 commemorative merchandise with pride! Head over to the Commission shop for a full selection.

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Updates from the States

Volunteer for state outreach. Contact the National Coordination Team if you are willing to help.

The WWI Monument in Pershing Square in Ocean Springs, Mississippi was rededicated on Saturday April 9 to honor the veterans of WWI with Mayor Connie Moran in attendance. Historian Richard Eckert Sr of American Legion Post 42 was the Project Chairman. He worked with city officials, the Dept. of Public Works, and the American Legion to complete the project.
Before and After images  of  the WW I Monument and the creation of Pershing Square in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Before and After images of the WW I Monument and the creation of Pershing Square in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Note the new landscaping, a light for the flag at night, engraved bricks for veterans, and two benches each with bronze plaques.

Lafayette Escadrille Memorial CeremonyLafayette Escadrille Memorial.

This week our Commissioners were in Paris for the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Ceremony. The Lafayette Escadrille was a squadron serving in the French Air Service during WWI composed primarily of volunteer American fighter pilots. The squadron was named after the famed Frenchman Marquis de Lafayette, a hero of both the American and French revolutions. Sixty-eight American pilots who were killed in the war are interred at the memorial. The ceremony included speeches from U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley and French Minister of State for Veterans and Remembrance Mr. Jean-Marc Todeschini, a total of three flyovers, and the laying of a white rose on the tombs of each interred pilot.

Midway Village Museum’s Great War Event - Recap

Midway Village Museum hosted its 4th annual Great War Event - a World War I military event will feature reenactors portraying soldiers and civilians - last weekend. Our own Commissioner Tom Moe was in attendance and had nothing but good things to say about the event. Two-hundred-fifty reenactors transported more than 1,328 visitors back in history. Visitors were able to walk near encampments and tour a reproduction three-bunker trench, talk to over the reenactors about life as a soldier, learn about the various military equipment and combat techniques of this war, and watch large-scale narrated battle reenactments. Learn more on the Midway Village website.

US Mint WWI Commemorative Coin Competition

Artists have just one more week to submit their digital portfolios to the United States Mint as a part of the public competition to design the commemorative 2018 World War I American Veterans Centennial Silver Dollar. Phase One of the design competition ends on Thursday, April 28, with up to 20 applicants selected to advance to Phase Two. Phase Two participants will receive a stipend of $1,000 to create a design and plaster for the silver dollar that is emblematic of the centennial of America’s involvement in World War I. For more information, visit the competition webpage.

Upcoming Events

New LOC Exhibit: World War I: American Artists View the Great War
An exhibition showing how American artists galvanized public interest in World War I will open next month at the Library of Congress. “World War I: American Artists View the Great War” will open on Saturday, May 7 in the Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will remain open for a year, closing on May 6, 2017. For more information visit the event’s webpage.

Next WWICC Meeting May 4 at the National WWI Museum and Memorial

The Commission will hold its next meeting on May 4 in Kansas City, MO at the National WWI Museum and Memorial. The meeting will begin at 9am; it is open to the general public.

National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park

Visit ww1cc.org/design to check out the winning design team and their design concept.

You can make this memorial a reality by donating $11.11 today to the Memorial Fund. These veterans deserve a memorial. We can build it.

Challenge Coins

We will offer our partners the opportunity to create and purchase challenge coins with our logo on the obverse and theirs on the reverse. Let Meredith Carr know if you’re interested.

WW1 Commemorative Merchandise

The WW1CC merchandise store is open on our website! Go online to get your own fine-crafted piece of WW1 commemorative merchandise and to support the Commission all at once. We have an exciting and varied line of products available for purchase - check it out today!

DISPATCH Newsletter

The Commission publishes a weekly newsletter, the DISPATCH. If you’re not receiving this and want to, sign up on our Commission Subscription webpage.


The Great War Channel

Would you like to see some great videos on YouTube about WWI? Check out The Great War Channel. Posting multiple times a week, ‘The Great War’ shows you the history of the First World War in the four years from 1914 to 1918. The host, Indy, takes you back week by week and shows you what was going on in the past. Please subscribe to see these great posts. Their latest videos are:

The Meat Grinder at Verdun - Brusilov's New Plan : THE GREAT WAR Week 90
Published on Apr 14, 2016. The Russian offensive at Lake Naroch were an utter failure but the Russian General Aleksei Brusilov is already gearing up for the future mother of all offensives on the Eastern Front. At the same time the meat grinder at Verdun is sucking in German and French troops alive. Erich von Falkenhayn realised that his initial idea probably won't work but he still tries to capture the Mort Homme and Cote 304. In far away Mesopotamia the siege of Kut is still going on even though the British and Indian soldiers are already killing the hunger with Opium pills.

French Invasion Plans - Royal Correspondence - Recruitment : OUT OF THE TRENCHES
Published on Apr 16, 2016. Chair of Wisdom Time! Indy talks about the French plans to invade Germany, the correspondence in between the members of the royal families and how the steady flow of recruits was managed.

Justifying The Failure At Verdun? - The Falkenhayn Controversy : THE GREAT WAR Special
Published on Apr 17, 2016. Was Erich von Falkenhayn really planning to bleed the French white at Verdun or was his claim a fabrication after the fact? Contemporary historians have started to question Falkenhayn's Christmas Memorandum which he claimed to have written in 1915 and which nobody had ever seen. Indy summarises the historical debate around the subject highlighting the arguments by Paul Jankowski and Alistair Horne.

Shell Shock - The Psychological Scars of World War 1 : THE GREAT WAR Special
Published on Apr 18, 2016 The traumata of warfare were certainly nothing new when World War 1 broke out. But the extreme and prolonged exposure to machine gun fire, artillery bombardments and trench warfare led to a new kind of psychological disorder: Shell Shock. Soldiers who were perfectly fine on the outside, were incapable of fighting or living a normal life anymore.


The Great War Project with Mike Shuster


German U-boat Attacks Spread.
An Ultimatum from the American President.

The Sussex torpedoed, April 1916.

(15-18 April) The American President, Woodrow Wilson is running for reelection, and the war is concerning him greatly.

Since the war began, Wilson pursues a policy of neutrality. There is pressure in the United States to join the Allies in the fighting, but Wilson wants to keep the U.S. out of the war. In fact that will become his main campaign slogan: “He kept us out of the war.”

Still, it’s not been easy. Some German leaders want to pursue a policy on the high seas of unrestricted submarine warfare. “The German High Command,” writes historian Gary Mead, “was preoccupied throughout 1916 by internal wrangling over whether or not to use its submarine weapon in an unrestricted fashion.”

Those in favor are carrying the day. They wish to see “an urgent resumption of unrestricted U-boat warfare in the belief that this would more quickly bring Britain to starvation and surrender.”

In late March and early April a century ago, a spate of submarine attacks on American ships or ships carrying Americans angers Washington. One, the German attack on a French passenger ship, the Sussex, leaves eight dead, several Americans among them.

“Amid this welter of torpedoings, sinkings, anxiety and death, Wilson felt he must act more firmly,” writes Mead. “He pinned his next rebuke, sent to Berlin on 18 April, on the most serious and flagrant recent attack, that on the French ship, the Sussex.”

The Germans claim the ship is sunk by a British mine. In fact the ship is holed by a submarine torpedo. Mead writes, “Wilson had no time for this squirming....”

Read more at GreatWarProject.org

President Woodrow Wilson.

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