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Sync Call for Wednesday October 21 at Noon EDT
The first American soldiers in France, June 1917.
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You Can Help the WW1CC!

  1. Donate! Go to our donations page.
  2. Send a letter to the USPS Stamp Committee! Use this template.
  3. Send us interns! Direct anyone you know who is interested to our Internship webpage.
  4. Help with state and regional organization! Let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  5. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization.

News and Announcements:

Update from the States

Volunteer for state outreach. Contact Andrew McGreal if you are willing to help.

November 5 Collaboration Call
On November 5 at Noon EDT, we will hold our first SO Collaboration Call in the new format. The focus of this call will be veterans history projects and how you can use them for collection of WWI artifacts. We have three confirmed panelist: Bob Patrick from the LOC, Andrew Bullen from the Illinois State Library, and Christine Pittsley from the Connecticut State Library. Subsequent calls will take place on the first Thursday of the month. Reminders will be sent out two weeks before and the day of. The call-in number will be the same as past calls - contact a SO Coordination Team member to get on the roster.

State Outreach SOS
If you’re a state outreach volunteer who needs help, let us know! You’re not in this alone! contact a SO Coordination Team member.


Our Countdown to Veterans Day campaign continues to grow! We now have the National Museum of the U.S Air Force, The MacArthur Memorial, the Dallas Foundation, and a host of American Legion & VFW posts across the country on board.

Head over to CountDownToVeteransDay.org. It’s a Commission supported one-stop shop for Veterans Day volunteer activities and opportunities. You can go there to add volunteer opportunities - just click “Link In My Organization” - or to plan your own day of service on November 11.

Remember to use the handle #CountDownToVeteransDay on your social media to get the word out. One day isn’t enough to honor our veterans. We encourage everyone to look at Veterans Day not as a ‘day off’ but as a ‘day on’ to volunteer for a Veterans’ organization and to help the community.

USO Gala

The USO Gala was held last night, and we want to send out congratulations to the USO Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, Coast Guardsman, and National Guardsman of the year. We also want to extend a special thank you to our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, for inviting us to join them at the gala.

Upcoming Events

You can check out all the below upcoming events on the Commission Calendar.

National WWI Museum Symposium (November 6 - 7)
On November 6 & 7, the National WWI Museum in Kansas City will host its 2015 Symposium--Global War, 1915: Empires at War, Churchill’s Gallipoli & America Divided. This event will explore the rising tensions in America and the globally escalating conflict that defined the world in 1915. It will feature several prominent WWI scholars. Registration and a fee are required.

Tennessee Great War Commission Kick Off (November 7)
On November 7, the Tennessee Great War Commission will hold its 2015 Kickoff Commemoration events across three venues in Nashville. Events at these venues will include lectures, a symposium, a living history programs, and the opening of a new exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum. All of these events are free and open to the public.

Connecticut and the Great War Symposium (November 7)
The Connecticut and the Great War Symposium will take place on November 7 at Central Connecticut State University. This day long conference will examine the people and events that made the First World War a transformative experience for Connecticut's peoples, its industries, and its communities. Registration and a fee is required.

The National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park- Design Competition Update

Phase II of the Memorial Design Competition proceeds apace. As always, you can check out the finalists (and every other submitted design) on our webpage.

Please remember that even if we get the perfect design we can’t build it without donations. Every dollar counts double thanks to the generosity of our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, which will match your donation. You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. The veterans of this bygone war deserve a memorial. We can build it.

Finally, if you’re in the DC area, we invite you to come over to Marvin’s at 14th and U St. on October 27 at 5:30 pm. All of us from the Commission will be there to showcase the 5 final design concepts. We hope to see you there!

Volunteer Spotlight

John Page, Fundraising Intern
John Page attends Marymount University and is majoring in history major. While completing an internship is a requirement for his program, he has always had an interest in military history because multiple family members served in the military. He took this internship both because of his interest in military history and his desire to help promote history and World War I.

Shout Outs

Shout outs to our General Pershing re-enactor, David Shuey, to Richard Shaffer, to Jim Boyle, to Stephany Neal, and to our interns- Mike, Cristina, and Sara- for giving us a big hand at the AUSA conference. We couldn’t have done it without you all!

The Great War Channel

Would you like to see some great videos on YouTube about WWI? Check out The Great War Channel. Posting twice 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 French Uniforms of World War 1 : THE GREAT WAR - Special
Published on Oct 19, 2015. We are starting a new irregular series about the various uniforms of the waring nations of World War 1. Starting with the French uniforms we are exploring everything from helmets to boots. The French were the first army to adapt a real military helmet with the M15. In the beginning of the war they were still wearing the traditional Kepi from Franco-Prussian War, however. Find out all about the French equipment in the trenches with Indy.

Learning Lessons From Loos - Bulgaria Enters The War: THE GREAT WAR - Week 64
Published on Oct 15, 2015. By the numbers the Battle of Loos was a defeat for the British Army but they learned valuable lessons for the future on the Western Front. The creeping artillery barrage is used for the first time successfully and it is apparent that assault tactics have to be rethought completely. On the Balkans, Bulgaria officially declares war on Serbia and joins the Central Powers Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. On the same day they invade Serbia which is now in real trouble.


The Great War 100 Years Ago

Presented by Mr. Mike Hanlon - WorldWar1.com

Due to technical difficulties, we unfortunately missed Mr. Hanlon today.

Upcoming Events

If you have an agenda item to include, please email Andrew McGreal by the Monday before the next Sync Call.

If you have an event for our calendar, please submit it here.

For a listing of events and exhibits, please visit the Commission Events Page


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