News and Events–Over There: Spaces Still Available on the WW1 Historical Association’s June 2017 Pilgrimage, but Deadline Approaching

  Hello readers!  Space is still available on the World War 1 Historical Association’s June 2017 Pilgrimage to the Western Front, but the deadline for reserving your seat is December 31, 2016!  So don’t put off your decision-making too long; and please share this post with your friends who might be interested in the tour!!  Details can be found at this website:  http://ww1ha.org/2017-ww1-battlefield-pilgrimage/.     Tour Guide’s Skill Set This tour is being led by webmaster Randal Gaulke.  Many readers know that Randal has been travelling to Continue reading →

News & Events–Over There: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Visitor Center Update Number 2

This post is a follow-up to a post dated July 16, 2016.     The newly-renovated Visitors Center at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon opened up on Veterans Day 2016 and the webmaster had the chance to visit it during his recent visit.   As described in the July post, the first floor was being divided into three main interpretive rooms:  A 1920s-style entrance room, a campaign gallery and a commemorative gallery.  The entrance room was designed to look as it was in the Continue reading →

News and Events–Stateside and Over There: #CountdowntoVeteransDay, 2016 and Veterans Day Ceremonies at ABMC Cemeteries

    Just a reminder to join with the World War I Centennial Commission to make Veterans Day 2016 a “day-on” rather than a “day-off.”  The commission encourages citizens to volunteer with a veterans organization or to attend a commemoration ceremony.  A list of volunteer opportunities can be found at this link:  http://www.countdowntoveteransday.org/.     The Webmaster will be in France and will attend on of the ABMC Veterans Day Ceremonies in France  Dates and times for the ceremonies are shown below: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Continue reading →

News & Events–Over There: Join the World War One Historical Association on its 2017 Pilgrimage to the American Battlefields of WW1, 3-11 June, 2017. Reserve Your Spot Today!

  Walking the battlefields of World War 1 brings history to life in a way that you can’t get from reading books, watching movies, or using modern technology such as Google Earth.  To follow in the footsteps of the American troops who went to war in 1917-18 is an unforgettable experience.  Whether you are retracing the steps of a relative or are just a student of military history, join the World War One Historical Association on its 2017 Pilgrimage to the American Battlefields of WW1. Continue reading →

News & Events–Over There: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Visitor Center Update

The American Battle Monuments Commission’s first ABMC News Update, July 2016, contained an article describing the renovation work at the cemetery’s Visitor Center.  A brief synopsis follows.   Essentially, the first floor is being renovated to create three main interpretive rooms:  An entrance room, a campaign gallery and a commemorative gallery.   The entrance room “is being returned to its original design from the 1920s…  The original design of this room intentionally mimicked the look of a parlor in the attempt to create a welcoming Continue reading →

News and Events–Over There: The Western Front “Via Sacra” Walk, 22 June – 12 July, 2016

  The “Via Sacra” Walk is a 21-day walk along a large portion of the Western Front beginning on 22 June and ending on 12 July, 2016.  The walk is being organized by a team under the leadership of Sir Anthony Seldon, author of over 30 books on British history and other topics.   “Inspired by the story of an ancestor who was wounded on the Western Front in 1915, Anthony has always been interested in the history of the First World War…  The walk was first described Continue reading →

Then and Now: Whiskey and Soda of the Lafayette Escadrille (sort of) and the Redication of the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial, April 20, 2016

    Caption:  Then photo shows “Whiskey” and “Soda,” the two lion cub mascots of the Lafayette Escadrille.  The now photo shows “Whiskey” and “Soda,” the webmasters two cats when they were kittens.   Rededication of the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial, Wednesday April 20, 2016 This is a reminder that eleven days from now, the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial in Marnes-la-Coquette (near Paris) will be rededicated in a “Head-of-State” event.  Readers who find themselves in the area might want to attend in person. The rededication ceremony will Continue reading →

News and Events–Over There: German Cemetery Ceremonies in 2016

A recent letter from the German War Graves Association, www.volksbund.de, indicates that there are three upcoming cemetery ceremonies in France in 2016–two of which are situated in the Meuse-Argonne Region.   28 May, 2016:  Romagne-sous-Montfaucon There will be a ceremony to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Verdun on this date; and it will include an interment.  At present, the webmaster has no further details on the event.  Presumably it is part of the official commemoration ceremonies held in late May; so visitors can expect restricted access Continue reading →

News and Events–Over There: Rededication of the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial, Marnes-la-Coquette (near Paris), Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Background We forget today just what an impact World War One had on the lives of its participants and their families.  Even before the United States officially entered the war, hundreds of Americans flocked to Europe; mostly volunteering to fight on the Allied side.  Those volunteers who signed up with the French ended up in the French Foreign Legion, the American Field Service (Ambulance Corps) and the French Air Service.  Those who joined the Aéronautique Militaire were technically in the “Escadrille Lafayette,” a single squadron consisting of American pilots with Continue reading → Continue reading →