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Sync Call for Wednesday November 23, at 12pm EDT

News at a Glance

1. Tennessee's WWI Veterans Day event at the Alvin C. York State Historic Park

2. National WWI Museum and Memorial celebrates 10 year anniversary

3. Memorial Hunter Hints from Hunter Lori in Kansas: Find them at schools and stadiums

4. Maya Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial receives the White House Presidential Medal of Freedom

Read more below - Watch the video above


Sync Call Minutes
November 23, 2016

Update from the States

The Western Front Association East Coast Branch hosted a special dedication event at the Maryland War Memorial Building on November 17th.  Commissioner Rob Dalessandro was in attendance for the  unveiling and dedication of the painting "Maryland Over Flanders" honoring the service of Captain Francis Warrington Gillet, DFC, RAF, a Marylander who volunteered for Britain's Royal Flying Corps and flew in combat with No. 79 Squadron during 1918.  Today, Gillet is recognized as the second most successful American
flying ace of WW1 next to Captain Eddie Rickenbacker.  If you happen to be visiting Baltimore, you may want to stop by the Maryland War Memorial Building and take a look!

Today we have the privilege of hearing from Mr. Travis Stover and Mr. Jeff Wells from
the Sergeant Alvin C. York State Historic Park in Pall Mall, Tennessee.  
For Veterans Day, the Park, in partnership with the Tennessee Great War Commission, hosted “Stand by the Boys in the Trenches” from Nov 11- Nov 13.
Travis and Jeff  join us today to give us some highlights from the event.

Upcoming meetings:
Just for your situational awareness, there are several upcoming State meetings coming up.

Ohio WWI Centennial Commission-
Meeting on Friday, December 2, 10 am- 2pm in Columbus at the Ohio History Center. If you are in the area, and want more information go to their website here.

Indiana WWI Centennial Commission next meeting is on Tuesday, Dec 6th in Indianapolis

State Outreach Collaboration Call
We hope you’ll join us next month on December 1 when talk about commemorating the centennial of America’s declaration of war on April 6. We’re going to have some suggestions and templates for states and organizations looking for a way to commemorate the US entry into war in their state.
Please register for this call ahead of time - the link is in the chatroom and will be in the minutes.
Register for the State Outreach Call here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5156713208829555970
Questions about State Outreach? Please email Andrew McGreal at andrew.mcgreal@worldwar1centennial.org

News and Announcements

National WWI Museum and Memorial celebrates 10 year anniversary -
Big congratulations to our partners in Kansas City!
As a little background, the National World War I Museum and Memorial has a very interesting history.
The origin of the Museum is an early 20th century example of crowd sourcing. Soon after World War I ended, Kansas City leaders joined in efforts to create a lasting monument to the men and women who had served in the war. In 1919, more than $2.5 million was raised in just 10 days. The equivalent of approximately $34 million today, this staggering accomplishment reflected the passion of public sentiment for the Great War that had dramatically changed the world.
Then in 1921, more than 100,000 people gathered to see the supreme Allied commanders dedicate the site of the Liberty Memorial. This was the first time in history these five leaders were together in one place. Following a national architecture competition, construction began in 1924.
In 1926, the completed Museum and Memorial, one of the largest war memorials in the world featuring a 217-foot tall Tower, was dedicated in front of a crowd by 150,000 people, by U.S. President Calvin Coolidge – the largest crowd a U.S. president had addressed to at that time.
In modern times, the museum underwent many renovations and expansions. The Liberty Memorial was designated a National Historic Landmark on Sept. 20, 2006, recognizing the monument as a nationally significant historic property. It is a distinction given to less than 40 historic properties in Missouri and slightly more than 2,500 in the United States.
In 2014, the Museum and Memorial received a second designation from Congress, effectively recognizing the Museum and Liberty Memorial as the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Congratulations to them on their anniversary-- they are great partners in this commemorative effort.

100 Cities / 100 Memorials
Sign up for our Blog Post and read some tips on where to look in our New blog posts. Check out the latest HUNTER HINTS by Hunter Lori of Kansas who found the program from a post on the Great War Channel’s facebook page.

Lori is successfully finding WWI Memorials at schools and stadiums - to date, she’s found 5 total in her search in Kansas. Thanks, Lori and great tip for all of us!
Memorial Hunters Club: www.ww1cc.org/hunter
Yes, we need your help to identify WWI memorials in the country.  Just send us the name and location of the memorial. Remember to take a selfie!  All submissions will be compiled in a National Registry of WWI memorials. To learn more or submit a memorial, go to  ww1cc.org/hunter.

Our Commemorative partner, Daughters of the American Revolution, invite you to their  15th Annual DAR Christmas Open House on Wednesday, December 7 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at DAR Headquarters, 17th and D Streets NW, Washington, D.C.
Spread the word to your friends and family – the event is FREE and ALL ARE INVITED!
DAR Open House highlights include:

For more information about the event, visit the DAR Website at www.dar.org/openhouse. For questions, email open house@dar.org or call (202) 573-0563.

The Department of Defense History Speaker Series, will host “Marines at Belleau Wood”  at 12:30 in B-6 {Pentagon Conference room) ,on Thursday, December 1st
This is a part of their commemorative speaker series. The Office of Secretary of Defense Historical Office is an Ex Officio member of the Commission.

Next WWI Centennial Commission Meeting- Thursday, Dec 15-here in DC. As always, the meeting will be posted in the Federal Register. Contact us if you need additional information.
As we mentioned in previous calls, we are compiling a list of national, signature WWI Commemorative events and programs for the 2017 calendar year. We also have an opportunity to submit all Major events will to be published in the French Mission du Centenaire 2017 commemorative book.  If your organization, State Committee, etc, has an event of national significance, please enter them on our events page so they can be included.

As you know, Congress directed us to be the clearinghouse for ALL WWI commemorative events. So even if your event is not a national level or “signature” event- please do submit so we can include it in our archive.
We have a new submission process- super easy -- just click that red button to enter all the info!
Add events to our calendar and check out our website for events! www.ww1cc.org/events . Please make sure we know about your event.

National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park - www.ww1cc.org/memorial

The WWICC would like to congratulate Maya Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial here in DC, as she will receive the White House Presidential Medal of Freedom for the cultural and social influence of her work.
Lin was named a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom last week, along with 20 other recipients. The award is considered the nation’s highest civilian honor and is presented to individuals who have made a lasting impact in their respective fields. Lin and Frank Gehry, a former visiting professor at Yale, are the two architects set to receive the award this year. Our own Joe Weishaar has had the opportunity to meet Maya and they exchanged advice for going through the process of building a national memorial in the nation’s capital and the regulatory processes it entails. We're very proud of Maya and we congratulate her on this significant recognition.

Video News
As you begin planning your commemorative events, you may want to check out the entire collection of "They Deserve Their Own Memorial" videos now available in our Video Library:
-60 second Public Service Announcement
-30 second Public Service Announcement
PSAs are suitable for veterans organization web sites, broadcast public service announcements, WW1 Commemoration activities and promotion, kiosks, social media sharing and using the audio track, as radio public service announcements.

There are also longer versions
-7 minute- full length
-3 minute abridged version

available in the Video Library.
These longer versions provide a poignant perspective for personal, educational, and organizational understanding of WWI and how it still shapes our daily lives in the 21st century. The video is suitable for educators, veterans organizations, WWI Centennial web sites, web streaming, WW1 Commemoration activities and promotion, kiosks, and social media sharing.
All videos can be downloaded in web site or broadcast resolutions. Access the entire collection HERE.
We invite you to download or embed this video for sharing with your community and organizations.  They can really help you tell the story of why WWI matters and the significance of the Great Sacrifice of 4.7 million veterans who served and the 116,516 who gave their lives for our nation.

The Great War Channel www.youtube.com/TheGreatWar

The Great War Channel on youtube has several great new videos up this week. Check them out at www.youtube.com/TheGreatWar.

  • Story of the Lusitania
  • Franz Joseph I - The Father of Austria-Hungary
  • Heavy Action At The Somme - The Fight For Monastir I THE GREAT WAR Week 121

The War in the Sky: www.ww1cc.org/warinthesky

This week’s episode will be presented by Theo Mayer, our Chief technologist.

Episode 11/23/16
The notes for this segment are from an amazing timeline of WWI aviation events found on our national website - and which was donated and is curated by Author and highly decorated combat pilot,  RG Head.

Check it out at WW1CC.org/WarInTheSky
The Great War In The Sky was particularly real for the people of England. While the aces whirled about over the fighting front -  acting as observers, flying machine guns and engaging in air-to-air combat, Germany was sending giant lighter-than-air Zeppelins over the channel on the east side of England and heading south to bomb the civilian populations in London.
A major mission for the British pilots during the war was directly defending their cities and their people from this unprecedented action against civilian populations. The newspapers of the time would sometimes refer to the Zeppelin raids with calls to "STOP The Baby Killers"
100 years ago - On the night of November 27th, 1916, aircraft based in Teeside, off England's NE coast spotted and shot down Zeppelin L34 which went down in flames over Castle Eden killing the Zeppelin's entire crew. This action was credited to Second Lieutenant Ian V. Pyott of No. 36 Squadron
Later that same night, three Royal Naval Air Service planes including Flight Lieutenant Egbert Cadbury, shot down another Zeppelin - L 21 off Lowestoft a bit further south.
And that is how it was in the Great War In the Sky 100 years ago this week.

The Great War Project:  Mike Shuster www.greatwarproject.org/

Thank you for attending today’s sync call. From everyone here at the WWICC, hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We’ll see you next week. Bye!

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