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Sync Call for Wednesday April 27 at 12pm EDT

News at a Glance

1. No Sync Call Next Week! Listen to the Commission Meeting Instead.

2. Collaboration Call: "The Military and Your Centennial" - Next Thursday May 5!

3. WW1CC.org - An Award Winning Website!

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! Email the National Coordination Team 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.

Register for the Sync Call

To join us for the Sync Call you must register here (name and email are all that are required). You need register only once - doing so will sign you up to join next week's call and every call thereafter.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via ww1cc.org/contact using subject line "Sync Call"

Updates from the States

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

State Status Map as of April 27, 2016.
Check out the above map of what states have commemorative bodie - Dark Green means they are up and operational. Do you know of things going on in states that are not Dark Green? Would you like to help us in our efforts to getting commemorative activities going in every state, territory, and the District? Contact the National Coordination Team. We can’t do this without your help!


Hey all of you who are working state-based activities - have you checked out the State Outreach section of the website: WW1CC.org/State-Outreach? We are improving it every day - and we encourage you to check it out for the latest version of The Green Book, tools, resources, reports from Collaboration Calls, and more.

Collaboration Call: "The Military and Your Centennial" - Next Week!

Next Thursday, May 5 at 12 p.m. EDT, we will host the State Outreach Collaboration Call on “The Military and Your Centennial.” The call will feature a Community Outreach coordinator from the Office of the Secretary Defense, the Illinois National Guard, and a Ft. Meade Historian. This will be the time to figure out ways to get the military involved in your commemorative activities. Email the National Coordination Team for an invitation to the call.

News and Announcements:

Commission signs partnership agreement with FlandersKoen Verlaeckt (left), Secretary General of the Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs, and Daniel Dayton, Executive Director of the U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission, sign the agreement.

LEUVEN, Flanders, April 26, 2016 -- The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission signed a partnership of mutual support with the Government of Flanders regarding the commemoration of the Centennial of World War I. The Government of Flanders, which represents the Northern Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, has set up special programs to provide public education and commemoration for the war. Flanders, and Belgium as a whole, saw some of the greatest loss of life on the Western Front of the First World War, in particular from the three battles of Ypres. This new agreement calls for the two organizations to share their experience, knowledge, and technical means as they prepare for the commemoration of the American intervention in World War One. Specifically, it identifies four areas for particular cooperation: 1) the identification and planning of the main events, 2) communication, digital and cultural cooperation, 3) education, and 4) remembrance tourism. Read more here.

Updates from France

Four F-22 Raptors conduct a flyover for the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial ceremony last week.

From Paris: 2017 will be “the Year of the Americans” for the French Centenaire. They are planning many programs and events to mark 100th anniversary of America's involvement in the Great War to honor both the young Americans and their French comrades who gave so much to defend our liberties.

The Lafayette Escadrille Memorial ceremony last week was a fantastic success. Huge congratulations to:
- the French Ministry of Defense which did a first class job in organizing the entire event
- the French and United States Air Forces
- the American Battle Monument Commission, with its visionary leadership from its Commissioners and its Directors, its usual very high standards, and its engagement to preserve the Monument and the tombs of the brave Americans and their two French leaders
- the US Embassy across the board

Mike Hanlon & Valor Tours

Mike Hanlon & Valor Tours have announced their 2017 World War I Centennial Battlefield Tours. Our full brochure is attached for you. The two tours will go to Flanders in May 2017 and to Italy in late July and early August 2017. Read more on the Valor Tours flyer here.

WW1CC.org - Award Winner!

Yesterday, the winners of the 22nd Annual Communicator Awards were announced by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. With over 6,000 entries received from across the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. We are proud to announce that our web site won 2 of those awards: One Award of Distinction as a government website and another Award of Distinction as Charitable Organization / Non-Profit website. We want to congratulate all the contributors to our site and especially our growing list of State and other publishing partners. Together, you are creating an award winning communications nexus for the World War 1 Centennial!

Upcoming Events

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 Central Time; it is open to the general public.

To listen in on the meeting, call 712-­432­1001 access code 474­845­614#

Remembering WWI: The Mintage of Man

University of Maryland’s Symphony Orchestra and The President's Own United States Marine Chamber Orchestra

On Sunday, May 1 at 2 pm, University of Maryland’s Symphony Orchestra and The President's Own United States Marine Chamber Orchestra will perform Remembering WWI: The Mintage of Man. In this program that marks the centennial of the first world war, the United States Marine Band joins UMSO in an examination of major concert works from the period, including selections from Maurice Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, Gustav Holst’s The Planets and Charles Ives’s From Hanover Square North, as well as rarely performed works by Edward Elgar and Frank Bridge. The two ensembles will be joined by vocalists from both the President’s Own and the University of Maryland to explore the conflict through music, poetry and images. Guest curated by University of Maryland musicologist Patrick Warfield, this program is an artistic and intellectual collaboration between two of the capital’s major musical forces. Read more here.

Sea Air Space Expo May 16-18

The Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition brings the U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector U.S. companies and key military decision makers together for an annual innovative, educational, professional and maritime based event. Sea-Air-Space is now the largest maritime exposition in the U.S. and continues as an invaluable extension of the Navy League’s mission of maritime policy education and sea service support. The Sea-Air-Space Exposition will continue to support the mission of the Navy League and lead the way as “THE” Exposition to attend each year to display the most current information and technology relevant to maritime policy. The event will take place at the Gaylord Hotel at the National Harbor. Read more here.

Press Conference to Announce WWICC Special Advisers- 18 May

On Wednesday, May 18, 11 a.m. EDT we will host a Press Conference at at the National Press Club to announce our newest advisers to the Commission. Secretary Leon Panetta will headline - we will have special advisers Vint Cerf, Sandy Pershing and former NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on hand as well. During the press conference we will also sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Canada - if you are in DC we invite you to attend! You can read more about our special advisers here.

National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park

North-West Arkansas Direct Mail Campaign: Our development team launched a 1200 piece direct mail campaign to homes in North-West Arkansas this week. A letter from Joe and a pledge form went out to folks there who have a history of giving to veterans. We’ll do more of these throughout the summer. If you are interested in coming in to our office to help please contact Meredith Carr.

Exciting news! Our memorial sculptor Sabin Howard was featured in an article in the most recent issue of American Arts Quarterly by Jim Cooper. Read more about Sabin on his website.

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.

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.


Volunteer Spotlight

Col. Clay Edwards (USA-Ret.)

Clay is a 34 year retired Army veteran volunteering for the Commission in Florida. Clay has been interested in and involved with the history of the First World War all of his life. He first experience with the war was when he was a child and his mother bought and he listened to a Time-Life series about the war and the memorial that were erected in 1921. His involvement continued throughout his childhood; his father, who was also in the Army, was stationed in France with his family in the early 1960s very near to the Verdun battlefield. This allowed the young Clay to spend a lot of time touring the nearby battlefields and talking to the townspeople who - since less than 50 years had passed since the Great War's end - had lived through the war and shared their stories. Years later in the 1990s while serving as a liaison to France, Clay spent a great deal of time flying over the battlefields and memorials; his mind always drifted back to the Time-Life series, thinking of the devastation that took place in the fields below. Later still in late 2014, he camped around France, touring the battlefields like he did so many years ago. His service and the service of his father and brother (who was wounded in Vietnam) along with his intimate knowledge of the battlefields he lived near in his youth inspires Clay to continue volunteering for the Commission in Florida and honoring those who came before him.


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 Muddy Graves of Russia and Kut : THE GREAT WAR Week 91
Published on Apr 21, 2016. With the spring in Russia and the Caucasus came the thaws on the Eastern Front and all the way down to Mesopotamia. The soldiers had to adapt to survive let alone fight. The Battle of Verdun still rages on though the French are not moving more airplanes to the area to break the German air superiority.

The Easter Rising - Ireland in World War 1 : THE GREAT WAR Special
Published on Apr 23, 2016. Easter 1916 was a turning point for Ireland and its situation between Home Rule and Irish soldiers serving on the fronts of Gallipoli and the Western Front. And even though the Easter Rising, the armed uprising against the British was unsuccessful, the spark for Irish nationalism ultimately led to the establishment of the Irish Republic.

Body Armor - Fortress Design - Belgian Armoured Car Division : OUT OF THE TRENCHES
Published on Apr 25, 2016. It's Chair of Wisdom time again and this week we talk about the experiments with body armor of World War 1, fortress design and the Belgian Armoured Car Division.


The Great War Project with Mike Shuster


Irish Uprising Crushed but Anti-War Sentiment Spreading.
Even in Germany, Support for War Weakens.

Police build barricades in central Dublin during Easter Uprising, April 1916.

(23-26 April) Support for the war in Europe, even in Germany, is beginning to crack.

A century ago in April, there is turmoil in the Reichstag, the German parliament. Karl Liebknecht, the leader of the German Social Democrats, rises to challenge Germany’s continued participation in the war.

According to historian Martin Gilbert, Liebknecht enrages “the patriotic mass of members by interrupting the Chancellor to declare that Germany was not free, and that the German people had not wished for war.”

On Easter, April 24th a century ago, anti-war representatives gather in Switzerland. Liebkhecht is there meeting with French activists.

They “denounced the war as a capitalist conspiracy,” Gilbert reports, “fought for the benefit of arms profiteering and territorial gain.”

The Russian revolutionary leader, Vladimir Lenin, also is there. Russia’s secret police believe revolutionary sentiment in Russia is growing.

On the same day that the meeting in Switzerland takes place, Britain confronts a new challenge, this time on its own doorstep.

An anti-British uprising erupts in Dublin.

Irish rebels in Dublin, April 1916.

“At this worst of possible moments,” writes historian Adam Hochschild, “the largest insurrection in a century had broken out in Ireland.”

The problem of Ireland has been festering for quite some time, and now some Irish rebels are making common cause with Germany.

“Since the outbreak of war,” observes Gilbert, “the Irish nationalist Sir Roger Casement had been pressing the Germans to take the potential of Ireland’s rebellion seriously.”

As a result, the Germans smuggle rifles and ammunition to the Irish rebels. They attempt by submarine to land Casement in Ireland, but he is arrested. He is executed a few days later.

Nevertheless, the uprising goes ahead. More than a thousand rifle-toting Irish rebels march to Dublin’s center. They proclaim an independent Irish republic. Some read out a proclamation in which the Germans were described as the Republic’s “gallant allies” despite the thousands of young Irish men who have been killed by the German army in the trenches of northern France.

Other rebels hoist a flag proclaiming We Serve Neither King nor Kaiser, but Ireland.

The British attack the rebels in the city center. They use a gunboat on the nearby River Liffey to shell rebel positions.

The rebels believe their attack will spark a general uprising from the Irish population. They hope it will spread beyond Dublin. But none of that is forthcoming.

The uprising is soon crushed. Some blocks in Dublin are reduced to rubble. The insurrection does not spread. Its leaders are executed.

In a week of street fighting an estimated 400 are killed, 2500 wounded.

The outbreak of rebellion is a serious challenge for the British.

“As Britain’s experience in Ireland had shown,” writes Gilbert, “conflict which had broken out in the autumn of 1914 on the battlefronts and oceans, and had come to focus in 1915 on parallel lines of trenches, could no longer be restricted to the confrontation of opposing armies.”

“Ideologies, national and political, were also capable of violent exertions.”

Read more at GreatWarProject.org


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